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Frank Bruni

29th annual Key West Literary Seminar

—The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature—

January 6 - 16, 2011

Frank Bruni was born in White Plains, N.Y., and received a bachelor’s degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received a master’s degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1988, graduating second in his class and winning a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.

Bruni is the author of three books, most recently the memoir Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater. Prior to its publication, from 2004-2009, Bruni was the chief restaurant critic for The New York Times. Before that, he had been the paper’s Rome bureau chief, a post he took after working as a reporter in the Washington D.C. bureau. While in Washington, he was among the journalists assigned to Capitol Hill and Congress until August 1999, when he was assigned full-time to cover the presidential campaign of Governor George W. Bush. He covered the White House for the first eight months of the Bush administration, and subsequently spent seven months as the Washington-based staff writer forThe New York Times Sunday Magazine. Prior to joining the Times, Mr. Bruni worked for The Detroit Free Press, where he covered the Persian Gulf War and was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing for his portrait of a convicted child molester entitled “Twisted Love.” He spent his last year in Detroit as the newspaper’s movie critic.

Bruni’s other books are The New York Times bestseller Ambling into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush, and co-author of A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church. He lives in New York City.

Online Resources:

Website for Born Round
Bruni on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report
Bruni on ABC’s Nightline
The Christian Science Monitor review of BORN ROUND
Q & A in The New Yorker
Bruni’s NYTimes archive
Bruni on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation”
Q & A in The Daily Beast
Frank Bruni on Twitter
LITTORAL interview: Subtle Big Things

Selected Bibliography:

Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater (Penguin Press 2009)

Ambling into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush (Harper 2003)

A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse, and the Catholic Church(Harper Perennial 2002)

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