Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will
speak as part of the Berry College Conson Wilson lecture series at 7:30 p.m.
(Thursday) Sept. 19 in the Cage Center Arena.
Brooks' fourth novel,
"Caleb's Crossing," is a work of historical fiction inspired by the story of
Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard in
1665. The book was selected as the book for first-year students at Berry this
fall. All new students received a copy of "Caleb's Crossing" in June and
participated in a book discussion dinner with their First-Year Seminar
classmates during fall orientation.
"The fact that Berry sits in the heart
of what was the Cherokee nation was among the reasons we thought this book would
be relevant for our students," said Katherine Powell, First-Year Experience
The Australian-born Brooks served as a reporter for the Wall
Street Journal, reporting on crises in the Middle East, and the Balkans, before
publishing her first novel, "Book of Wonders: A Story of the Plague Years," a
2001 New York Times Notable Book. Her second novel, "March," which tells the
story of the absent father in Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," won the
Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2006.
Admission is free and the lecture is
open to the public.