Blockseminar “The Future of Public Diplomacy”
July 10–12, 2009, Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Geraldine Brooks is author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning and internationally bestselling novel March, a retelling of Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women from the point of view of Mr. March, the absent father who goes off to war. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, published in 2001, is also an international bestseller. Set in 1666, Year of Wonders follows a young woman's battle to save her family and her soul when the plague suddenly strikes the small Derbyshire village of Eyam. Brooks is the author of Foreign Correspondence (1997), a travel and adventure memoir which chronicles a childhood enriched by pen-pals from around the world, and her adult quest to find them. Foreign Correspondence won the Nita B. Kibble Award for women's writing. Her first book of non-fiction, Nine Parts of Desire (1994), was based on her experiences among the Muslim women of the Middle East, and is an international bestseller that has been translated into seventeen languages.
Tony Horwitz is the author of Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before (Henry Holt 2002), Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (Pantheon 1998), Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia (E.P. Dutton 1991) and One For the Road: An Outback Adventure (Random House 1988). He has also been a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and a staff writer for the New Yorker. His awards include a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, and an Overseas Press Club award for coverage of the first Gulf War. Tony is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where he is completing a book about early European explorers of America.