Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller to visit Butler University

Courtesy of The Butler Collegian
September 3, 2019

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Madeline Miller, award-winning author of two New York Times bestselling novels, will be visiting Butler University on Sept. 9 as the first guest of the 2019-20 Visiting Writers Series. Miller will be discussing her novels in the Shelton Auditorium on South Campus. 

Two of Miller’s novels, “The Song of Achilles” and “Circe,” have received critical acclaim. “The Song of Achilles” was awarded the 2012 Women’s Prize for Fiction and was named the Massachusetts Must-Read of 2013. 

“Circe” is being adapted for a television series for HBO Max and was named to “books to read” lists in Cosmopolitan, Southern Living, Esquire, The Boston Globe and more. It also earned her the Red Tentacle Award, the 2018 Elle Big Book Award and the American Library Association Alex Award.

Kaylee Tenbarge, a first-year engineering major, is a student in the Visiting Writers Series first-year seminar class. Tenbarge and her classmates are reading “Circe” in anticipation of the author’s visit.

“I’ve read one of her other books, so I’m expecting [“Circe”] to be more young adult style,” Tenbarge said. “Descriptive, but not with super difficult language.”

Miller was also short-listed for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. She has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Classics from Brown University.

Miller’s novels take age-old Greek mythology and shine new light on its characters. Her novels have been published in over 25 languages.

She is also the author of a multitude of essays, reviews and short fiction. Her work has been featured in the likes of The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and NPR.

Admission to this event is free and open to the public. Miller’s presentation also counts as a Butler Cultural Requirement.

Sweet Briar's Common Read is a Conversation Between Two Books, "Across Thousands of Years"

Courtesy of Sweet Briar College
Posted Aug 12, 2019

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Sweet Briar College’s Common Read selection for the 2019-2020 academic year features not one book, but a pair of books “in dynamic and rich conversation with one another across thousands of years,” says Director of the Center for Creativity, Design and the Arts Carrie Brown. They are Madeline Miller’s No. 1 New York Times best-selling novel Circe — about the legendary sorceress and goddess who (among other things) turns men into pigs in “The Odyssey” — and Emily Wilson’s celebrated translation of The Odyssey, the first English translation by a woman.

The writers will visit campus and bookend the year: Madeline Miller on Thursday, Nov. 7, and Emily Wilson on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Their presentations are free and open to the public.

“Both books are full of magic and mystery and monsters and morality,” Brown says. “They delve into the classical story of Odysseus’s return from the Trojan War with fresh insights about the experiences of women once seen only in the shadows of the famous epic.” Both have been praised for their language, she notes, as well their “visionary perspective and imaginative reach,” which makes them not just great works of literature, but also fun to read. And in both, Brown adds, “women emerge as modern, sympathetic and formidable figures in a literary and cultural landscape once dominated by a focus on the male experience.”

Schlow's Author Spotlight will Feature Jamie Ford, Madeline Miller and George Packer

Courtesy of StateCollege.com
Posted July 25, 2019

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Three months. Three best-selling authors. This fall, the Schlow Library Foundation and partners will present Author Spotlight, with three award-winning writers visiting State College on three different days.

Jamie Ford begins the series with his visit to Schlow’s Downsbrough Community Room in September. Madeline Miller then comes to Schlow in October. Finally, George Packer will be at the Days Inn on South Pugh Street in November. Book signings and sales, courtesy of Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, follow each event.

Author Spotlight brings new and best-selling authors to the Centre Region. It provides an opportunity to share in the writers’ experiences of creating new worlds and characters that inspire critical thinking, cultivate empathy, and explore new ideas. The authors will leave time for audience questions after each presentation.

Ford’s debut novel, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," spent two years on the New York Times Best Sellers list and won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His second book, "Songs of Willow Frost," also was a national best seller. His latest novel is "Love and Other Consolation Prizes." Ford will be at Schlow from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

Miller’s first novel, "The Song of Achilles," was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times best seller. Her second novel, "Circe," became a No. 1 New York Times best seller and won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Miller will be at Schlow from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

Packer is a journalist, novelist and playwright. He is best known for his writings in The New Yorker about U.S. foreign policy and for his book, "The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq." He also wrote "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America," covering the history of America from 1978 to 2012. The book received the National Book Award for Nonfiction. His latest book, "Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century," was released in May 2019. Packer will be at the Days Inn from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.

“Bringing popular authors to our library stage forges a more intimate link between writer and reader,” Schlow director Cathi Alloway said. “It's a great way to gain insight into the authors' experiences, insights, and wisdom, and to share the joy of reading in a special way.”

CIRCE Series Finds a Home at HBOMAX!

Courtesy of: Deadline.com
Posted July 30, 2019

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In a competitive situation, streamer HBO Max has given an 8-episode straight-to-series order to Circe, a drama series adaptation of Madeline Miller’s International bestseller of the same name. The project hails from top feature writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World). Chernin Entertainment is producing with Endeavor Content through the companies’ scripted drama venture.

Written and executive produced by Jaffa and Silver, Circe is a modern take on the world of Greek mythology told from the powerful feminist perspective of the goddess Circe, who transforms from an awkward nymph to a formidable witch, able to challenge gods, titans and monsters alike.

Circe tells an epic story of love, loss, tragedy and immortal conflict, all through the eyes of a fierce female lens,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “I’ve been a longtime fan of Rick and Amanda’s work and their ability to simultaneously build epic imaginative worlds while creating emotional dynamic characters. In partnership with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, we have the dream team to bring Circe to life.”

For Jaffa and Silver, this marks a foray into television and an extension of their relationship with Chernin Entertainment on the feature side where they have collaborated on the Planet of the Apes franchise.

Jaffa and Silver co-wrote and produced the most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. 

In addition to Planet of the Apes, the duo recently also successfully rebooted another blockbuster movie franchise, co-writing the 2015 Jurassic World. Upcoming tentpoles co-written by Jaffa and Silver include Disney’s live-action Mulan and the first two Avatar sequels.

Published in 2018, Miller’s Circe was a breakout success, launching to strong reviews and landing at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list (for a 16-week stay), and selling over half a million books in the U.S. alone. The book was shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction and was the Winner of the 2019 Indie Choice Award. It has been translated in 22 languages.

2019 Indies Choice Book Award Winners Announced!

Courtesy of BookWeb
Posted May 1, 2019

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Today, the American Booksellers Association announces the winners of the 2019 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, as voted on by independent booksellers nationwide.

Earning yet another accolade is our very own Madeline Miller, and her breath-taking novel, Circe, which was named the Adult Fiction Book of the Year - and the Audiobook of the year!

Also recognized this year:

Thrity Umrigar for The Secrets Between Us - Audiobook Honor
Jarrett J. Krosoczka for Hey, Kiddo - Young Adult Honor Book

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Madeline Miller's CIRCE Shortlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction!

Courtesy of: The Gaurdian
Posted April 28, 2019

Big Congrats to Madeline Miller, who’s Circe, a twist on the story of the witch who seduces Homer’s Odysseus, has been named to the shortlist for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction - the most prestigious annual book award celebrating and honoring Women’s fiction. Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate the originality, accessibility and excellence in writing by women and to connect world-class writers with readers everywhere. Madeline won the prize for her first novel, The Song of Achilles, in 2012.

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Join Madeline Miller in Greece for an Exclusive 6-Day Reading Retreat - Talking to Homer!

An exclusive cultural event will take place in Greece from September 26th to October 1st 2019.

It will be hosted in Westin Costa Navarino, an idyllic destination in one of the most unspoiled and breathtaking places in the Mediterranean with a history spanning across 4.500 years!

The 6-day “reading retreat” is designed for a limited number of participants, with the award-winning American author of the iconic books Circe and Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller. Miller draws her inspiration from the writings of Homer and is well known for her ability to bring the myths into the contemporary reality, creating a relevance that promotes the ancient Greek spirit and culture.

The retreat will feature reading sessions, workshops and open discussions with the author, as well as interactive activities and tours. The in-depth journey into Homer’s myths and stories will be facilitated by the contribution of the well-known Classics Professor and an honorable researcher at The Academy of Athens, Dr. Evi Papadodima.

Participants will immerse into an ancient culture and nurture their souls with the wise learnings of the glorious past. They will be given the opportunity to interact with like-minded people and enjoy the experience of visiting the pristine beaches of Greece, a land of spectacular beauty with an endless variety of landscapes.

The event is exclusive with a limited number of participants. The list will be finalized by the end of March 2019, the latest. Early bird participation has been announced for the period until the 31st of January. Tickets can be found through Eventbrite and exclusive travel agents.

Register today for the early bird discounts!

 

What Makes CIRCE a Great One Book One Community Read?

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Described as "high fantasy" and an "accessible way to read Greek mythology," the Springfield-Green County Library’s One Read title for 2019 is the mythological fiction novel Circe by Madeline Miller. The characters in Greek mythology, and Circe, in particular, are relevant today because they have the same joys and struggles – even dysfunctional families.

The New York Times calls it "A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story." See why "Circe" is called "a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world."

Read the Interview with Madeline here!

Elle UK Announces Inaugural Big Book Award - CIRCE!

Courtesy of Elle UK Magazine
Posted Sept 4, 2018

From a long list of nine page-turning reads, the winner of the inaugural Big Book Award is a feminist romp through the classical world - Madeline Miller's Circe!

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Even if you don’t know your Athena from your Aphrodite, Circe manages to be a compelling novel for every reader. It tells the story of Homer’s The Odyssey from the point of view of Circe, the first witch in literature, infamous for turning Odysseus’s men into pigs. Here, she gets to tell her own story as a protagonist – not as a side note. As ELLE’s editor-in-chief, Anne-Marie Curtis, one of the Big Book judges, puts it: ‘I never thought I’d describe a book as a feminist romp through Greek mythology, but this is it! Madeline Miller recasts Circe’s witchery in a whole new, empowering light, and the result is a riveting tale for today’s times.’

Read Elle UK's interview with Madeline here!

A|U Monthly Muse - August 2018 (Great Reads for Hot Nights)

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August 2018: Great Reads for Hot Nights

Still looking for a good book to help beat the August heat?  Check out these three amazing titles that transport readers!  Madeline Miller's Circe is a blisteringly modern superwoman drawn from ancient myth. Jamie Ford's Love and Other Consolation Prizes shines light on a fascinating and tragic bit of forgotten history.  And Crystal Wilkinson's The Birds of Opulence illuminates a bucolic southern black township, and several generations of women who have vexing relationships with the land, one another, and the fight to survive.  Be sure to check out Wiley Cash's Open Canon Book Club (featuring The Birds of Opulence in September), where readers from across the country will gather in virtual discussion! Stay cool... and let us know what you're reading!