Orange Prize for Fiction winner
Barbara Kingsolver’s fourteen books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction include the bestselling novels The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, The Lacuna, and Flight Behavior, as well as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, her family’s nonfiction narrative about farming and local food. Barbara’s books, widely translated, have won a devoted worldwide readership and many awards, including Britain’s Orange Prize and the Book Prize of South Africa. She has been chosen as an Oprah Book Club selection and was named one the most important writers of the 20th Century by Writers Digest. For the body of her work she received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the National Humanities Medal. She founded the Bellwether Prize for socially engaged fiction, the nation’s largest prize for an unpublished first novel, which has now helped establish the careers of many new American literary voices.
Barbara was trained as a biologist before becoming a writer, and has lived and worked on four continents. Presently and for the foreseeable future, she lives with her husband on a farm in southern Appalachia where they raise poultry, vegetables, and Icelandic sheep.