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Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for more than fifteen years.

She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms.

The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. It has been translated into over twenty-five languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek. Madeline was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year, and her essays have appeared in a number of publications including the GuardianWall Street Journal, Lapham's Quarterly and

Her second novel, Circe, was an instant number 1 New York Times bestseller, and has been widely praised from NPR to People Magazine to the Washington post. Novelist Ann Patchett called it "An epic spanning thousands of years that's also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner." In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is 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.

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Talks and Topics

  • The Song of Achilles Author Presentation

  • Circe Author Presentation

  • Achilles in Love: Achilles and His Companion Patroclus in Ancient and Modern Times

  • Excavating Troy: Homeric Myth Meets History

  • Literary Witches: From Circe, to Shakespeare, Salem and Oz

  • Homer's Women: Secret Stories of Women in the Iliad and the Odyssey

  • Achilles Through the Ages: Rage, Glory and Grief

  • Odysseus Through the Ages: The Great Homeric Chameleon

  • Shakespeare's Iliad: The Brutal and Comic World of Trolius and Cressida

  • Acting Shakespeare Workshop: An Introduction to Shakespeare on Stage for Small Groups

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Previous & Upcoming Events:

  • Nov 9, 2018: Charleston Book Festival - Charleston, SC

  • Nov 17-18, 2018: Miami Book Fair - Miami, FL

  • Nov 28, 2018: Philadelphia Free Library - Philadelphia, PA

  • March 9, 2019: Emmet O’Neal Library - Mountain Brook, AL

  • April 11, 2019: Springfield-Greene One Book, One Community - Springfield, MO

  • Sept 9-10, 2019: Butler University Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writer Series - Indianapolis, IN

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