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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction Science_Fiction

Born: in Huntington, West Virginia



Illinois Connection

Keller taught at the University of Chicago. She currently lives in both Chicago and the state of Ohio.

Biographical and Professional Information

Julia Keller has a doctoral degree in English literature at Ohio State University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and she's taught at the University of Chicago, Notre Dame, and Princeton. During her journalism career, she worked at The Ashland Daily Independent in Ashland, Ky.; The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio; and The Chicago Tribune.

Keller joined the Chicago Tribune in 1998 and was a longtime cultural critic there, a position that was created explicitly for her. In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for a feature she wrote on the aftermath of a 2004 tornado that ravaged Utica, Illinois. Keller is also guest essayist on the PBS program, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''A Killing in the Hills''''' *ILLINOIS READS Book List, Illinois Reading Council, 2014 '''''Bitter River''''' *Starred Review, Booklist *Starred Review, Kirkus '''''Summer of the Dead''''' *Starred Review, Kirkus '''''Last Ragged Breath''''' *Starred Review, Kirkus '''''Sorrow Road''''' *Starred Review, Booklist '''''Fast Falls the Night''''' *Starred Review, Booklist, 2017 *Starred Review, Kirkus, 2017 '''Other Awards