Deborah Harkness Deborah Harkness is an American scholar, novelist and wine enthusiast, best known as a historian and as the author of the All Souls Trilogy, which consists of The best-selling novel New York Times and its sequels A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night . Her latest book is The Book of Life Time's Convert, both an origin story of the trilogy’s Marcus Whitmore character, set in the American War of Independence and the French Revolution, and a sequel to the All Souls Trilogy. Early lifeBorn in 1965, Harkness grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of an American-born father and a British-born mother. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Northwestern University, and the University of California, Davis. Harkness also studied abroad at Oxford University. She is a well-regarded historian of science and medicine, as well as having studied alchemy, magic and the occult. CareerHarkness is a professor of history and teaches European history and the history of science at the University of Southern California. She has published two works of historical non-fiction, John Dee's Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy and the End of Nature and The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. In 2011, Harkness published her first work of fiction, A . The first novel in the Discovery of Witches All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of a modern-day witch who inadvertently calls up an ancient enchanted manuscript at Oxford University's Bodleian Library thereby attracting the unwelcome notice of a host of magical creatures who live among humans, including other witches, daemons, and a 1,500-year-old French vampire. The novel debuted at number two on The New York Times Best Seller hardcover fiction list, and has been sold in at least 34 countries. The book was called "a sophisticated fairy tale for adults" by the . The second novel in the series, San Antonio Express-News Shadow of Night, was published a year later, becoming a number one success on The New York Times Best Seller list. The third novel in the series is called The . The book was published on July 15, 2014 in hardback, e-book, and audiobook in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. Book of Life On January 9, 2014, the United States front cover and a two-page excerpt were released to the public on USA Today. On May 12, 2014, chapter 1 was released on Harkness' website. Harkness is also the author of the award-winning wine blog, Good Wine Under $20. Harkness released a companion book in May 2018 entitled The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life , The All Souls Trilogy — Time's Convert in September 2018, set in the same universe and featuring secondary characters. The book stars Marcus Whitmore, Matthew Clairmont's vampire son. Harkness is an executive producer of BadWolf's eight episode television series based on Harkness' novel, A Discovery of Witches. The series premiered in the UK on Sky One on September 14, 2018 and is now streaming on NOW TV. The international distribution of the series is handled by Sky Vision. It was revealed by Sky One on All Souls Day 2018 that the TV series would be extended by seasons 2 and 3, presumably corresponding to the A Discovery of Witches sequels Shadow of Night and The Book of Life. Personal lifeHarkness currently lives in Southern California where she teaches. Novels ''All Souls'' trilogy Harkness' faculty profile on the University of Southern California's website also lists the following honors and awards: Companions to the trilogy The All Souls Real-Time Reading Companion The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life Other Books Journal articles Awards Comic-Con International's Inkpot Award for Honorary Degree, Mount Holyoke College
Highly Commended, Longman-History Today Awards Book Prize, Spring 2009 Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Pfizer Award for Best Book in the History of Science, History of Science Society, Fall 2008 Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, John Best Snow Prize for Best Book in British Studies, North American Conference on British Studies, Fall 2008 Prize for Best Book, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, Spring 2008 Huntington Library Research Fellowship Recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 2006–2007 Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2004–2005 Residency at the National Humanities Center, National Humanities Center, John E. Sawyer Fellow, 2004–2005 NIH/NSF Career Development Award, National Science Foundation Senior Scholar's Award, 2001–2002 Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Derek Price Award for Best Article, History of Science Society, 1998 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, ACLS Fellowship, 1997–1998 Huntington Library Research Fellowship Recipient, NEH Fellowship, Huntington Library, 1997–1998 Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Nelson Prize for Best Article, Renaissance Society of America, 1997 Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 1989–1993 Fulbright Award, Fulbright Fellowship to the United Kingdom, 1991–1992
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