Barbara Quick

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About me

Gender Female
Occupation Author
Location Sonoma County, CA, United States
Introduction I'm the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the 2007 novel from HarperCollins, VIVALDI'S VIRGINS, which is still in print and has been translated into over a dozen languages. The audiobook for VIVALDI'S VIRGINS is being brought out by Blackstone Publishing in 2019. My first novel, NORTHERN EDGE, won the Discover Prize. A GOLDEN WEB, about the pioneering 14th century anatomist Alessandra Giliani, was published in April 2010 by HarperTeen. My treatment for a film adaptation of the novel was shortlisted for the Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant. My newest novel, "What Disappears"--set in the world of the Ballets Russes, spanning the period from 1880 to the beginning of the First World War--will be published by Regal House in 2021.
Interests All kinds of dance (from ballet to Brazilian), learning other languages and studying other times and cultures, doing whatever I can to make the world a better place.
Favorite Movies The Labyrinth, The Lives of Others, After the Wedding, The Best of Youth
Favorite Music I'm a huge fan of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (where my husband, Wayne Roden, plays in the viola section). I'm also a friend of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, which had me write the liner notes for their fabulous "Four Seasons" CD and has had me give the pre-concert lecture (and a book-signing afterwards) when Vivaldi is on the program. I love Italian opera (I have a special weakness for Giacomo Puccini...).
Favorite Books There are so many! Shirley Hazzard's THE GREAT FIRE. Norman Rush: MATING. Anthony Trollope's LADY ANNA. Rose Tremain: MUSIC AND SILENCE. Sandor Maracs's masterpiece, EMBERS. (I could go on and on...)