Brunonia Barry Biography
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Brunonia Barry made her literary debut with the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling novel The Lace Reader (William Morrow). The book landed on international bestseller lists and received rave reviews from publications such as Time magazine, People, Elle, The Washington Post, and The Dallas Morning News, and from writers, including Joshilyn Jackson and Marisa de los Santos. Published in 30 languages, The Lace Reader was named a People magazine People Pick, a two-time Borders Book Club selection, a Barnes & Noble New Reads pick, an Amazon.com Best of the Month, a 2008 Indie Next Highlights List, an iTunes and Library Journal Best of 2008 (audiobook), and a Book Bloggers Best Book of 2008.
A seasoned speaker, Barry has appeared all over the country at such diverse venues as the Kappa Hospital Fundraiser in Denver, The Womens Network of Northern Essex, the Words Alive Conference in San Diego, the Red Hat Society HQ, Wordstock Festival in Portland, the New England Crime Bake, the Grub Street Writers Conference, the Womens Lunch Place Fundraiser in Boston, the American Library Association, the Texas Library Association, the Mobile Public Library, and the Massachusetts Council of Fabric Arts. Shes an ideal keynote speaker for historical societies, lace making and textile associations, the Red Hat Society chapters, womens associations, libraries, and universities.
Barry studied literature and creative writing at Green Mountain College in Vermont and at the University of New Hampshire, and was one of the founding members of the Portland Stage Company. While still an undergraduate at UNH, Barry spent a year living in Dublin and auditing Trinity College classes on James Joyces Ulysses. Barrys love of theater led to her first job in Chicago where she ran promotional campaigns for Second City, Ivanhoe, and Studebaker theaters. Barry moved to California and worked on a variety of projects for several movie studios.
After a decade in Hollywood, Barry returned to Massachusetts in the mid-1990s and became cofounder of Smart Games, a company which creates brain teaser puzzles. She was also a writer for the Beacon Street Girls, a series of novels for tweens.
Brunonia lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her husband and their beloved golden retriever, Byzantium.
This biography was last updated on 02/28/2010.
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