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November 10, 2011
The Los Angeles Times calls Geraldine Brooks' novel, 'March,' 'a beautifully wrought story about how war dashes ideals, unhinges moral certainties and drives a wedge of bitter experience and unspeakable memories between husband and wife.'
Pulitzer-Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks will speak on November 12 in Fort Collins. The event will be at 2 p.m. at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 West Prospect. A reception with Brooks will be held from 5-7 p.m.
Fort Collins Reads selected her novel, "March," as its 2011 community-wide book.
Tickets are $5 and on sale at Old Firehouse Books, Reader's Cove, Book Lovers and Book Ends, and on-line at oldfirehousebooks.com. Tickets are also available for a reception with Brooks.
Reception tickets are $25 and sold only at Old Firehouse Books.
"March" is an historical fiction novel that speculates on the Civil War experiences of the father in the classic, "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott. In 2006, the book won the Pulitzer Prize in the fiction category.
As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the American Civil War, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history.
From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, who has gone off to war leaving his wife and daughters. To evoke him, Brooks turned to the journals and letters of Bronson Alcott, Louisa May’s father, a friend and confidant of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
Brooks also wrote two New York Times best-sellers, "People of the Book" and "Year of Wonders;" as well as two non-fiction books, "Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women" and "Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey From Down Under to All Over."
Her latest novel, "Caleb's Crossing," was published in May.
A native of Australia, Brooks lives in Massachusetts, and worked for 11 years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering the Middle East, Bosnia and Somalia. Fort Collins Reads chose “March” in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and in conjunction with the local library district’s receipt of a Louisa May Alcott grant.
Past Fort Collins Reads selections include “The Tortilla Curtain” by T.C. Boyle; “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuka; “Holes” by Louis Sachar, and, last year, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.
Visit fortcollinsreads.com for more information.
CSU Libraries is partnering with Fort Collins Reads to support this author program.
Contact: Jane Barber
Phone: (970) 556-3465