Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best selling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women's Fiction Festival's Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists' Colony's Strnad Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival's award for Best Fiction.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Brunonia studied literature and creative writing at Green Mountain College in Vermont and at the University of New Hampshire, spending a year in Dublin where she studied James Joyce's Ulysses. After college, she worked in public relations for several theatrical productions in Chicago, including Godspell and Second City. She was one of the original members of the Portland Stage Company.
Barry's love of writing and storytelling has taken her all over the country, from Chicago to New York to Los Angeles, but after more than a decade in Hollywood, Barry returned to Massachusetts where she began her first novel, The Lace Reader. Barry lives in Salem with her husband, Gary Ward.
Along with her husband, Barry has recently assumed leadership of the Salem Literary Festival of which she has been a sponsor and Program Director for the last several years. Barry serves on the Planning Committee and occasionally teaches at Boston's Grub Street, the nation's second largest independent center for creative writing. She also serves on the advisory board of The Women's Lunch Place in Boston, a daytime refuge for poor and homeless women and children.
Prior to her career as a writer of literary fiction, Barry was co-founder of Smart Games, an award winning company that created brainteaser puzzles. She was also one of the writers of The Beacon Street Girls, a book series for t'weens.
Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times and The Washington Post. She is currently at work on her third novel.
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