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Author photo. Barbara Kingsolver speaks on the Fiction Stage with NPR's Mandalir del Barco at the National Book Festival, August 31, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress. By Library of Congress Life - 20190831SM1318.jpg, CC0, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82899316" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82899316</a>

Barbara Kingsolver speaks on the Fiction Stage with NPR's Mandalir del Barco at the National Book Festival, August 31, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress. By Library of Congress Life - 20190831SM1318.jpg, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82899316

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Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels. Her widely known works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non-fiction account of her family's attempts to eat locally. Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments.
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