Library Speaker Series welcomes Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks

Council Bluffs Public Library will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks as the initial guest of this year’s lecture series next week.

Author and journalist, Brooks will perform at the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College on Thursday, October 13. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Brooks has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Yorker. As a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, she was based in Cairo, Egypt, and her first nonfiction book, “Nine Parts of Desire,” is based on her experiences with Muslim women across the Middle East. .

She has written six novels of historical fiction, including Pulitzer Prize-winning “March,” which follows the wartime service of the absent March family patriarch from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.”

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Brooks’ latest historical fiction novel, “Horse,” was released in June to great acclaim. The story spans several time periods as Brooks explores “a painting abandoned in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history.”

“Geraldine Brooks’ books bring history to life and span so many eras and histories that there is something for everyone in her work,” said library director Antonia Krupicka-Smith. , in a press release. “We are thrilled to have her present a lecture on her most recent book, ‘Horse’, as the first speaker in the 2022-2023 lecture series. This story blends three time periods into one gripping work that we know audiences will will love to find out.

Tickets for “An Evening with Geraldine Brooks” are $10 and can be purchased at There will be a book signing by the author, with books available for purchase from The Bookworm, after the event.

The Library Lecture Series is sponsored by the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation, which supports facilities and programs in and around Pottawattamie County. To learn more about the Foundation, visit

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