Guests of Honor


We are pleased to announce our Guests of Honor for the 2017 North American Conference in Portland Oregon


Geraldine Brooks


wfW4Ay2LAuthor/journalist Geraldine Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for March, her second novel; and is internationally renowned for her immersive character-driven historical fiction. Geraldine’s debut novel Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague was published in ten countries and was a 2001 Notable Book of the Year for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. Her third novel, People of the Book, became an instant New York Times bestseller; and her fourth, Caleb’s Crossing, won both the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Christianity Today Book Award, and was a finalist for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Geraldine’s latest release, The Secret Chord, about the fascinating life of King David, was published in the fall of 2015. After beginning her career at the Sydney Morning Herald, Geraldine later moved to the U.S. to attend the master’s program in journalism at Columbia University in NYC. She then spent 11 years as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, where her beats included some of the world’s most troubled areas, including Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. Geraldine is also the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction: Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, and Foreign Correspondence: A Penpal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over. Geraldine was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University in the fall of 2005 and received the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Born in Australia, Geraldine lives with her husband Tony Horowitz and their two sons in Massachusetts.



David Ebershoff



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David Ebershoff is the author of three bestselling novels: The 19th Wife, Pasadena, and The Danish Girl, as well as a short-story, The Rose City. The Danish Girl was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Academy Award-winners Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. The 19th Wife was made into a television movie that has aired around the globe. His fiction has won a number of awards, including the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lambda Literary Award, and has been translated into 25 languages to critical acclaim. For many years he was an editor at Random House where he edited twenty-five New York Times bestsellers, three Pulitzer Prize winners, one National Book Award winner, four Booker Prize nominees, and four National Book Critics Circle Award finalists. He worked with a wide range of writers including David Mitchell, Adam Johnson, Gary Shteyngart, Teju Cole, Diane Keaton, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. David has taught creative writing at NYU, Princeton, and is currently an adjunct asst. professor in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. He lives in New York City.