Barbara Shoup


Jane Hamilton is the author of The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction, and A Map of the World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and named one of the top ten books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, the Miami Herald, and People. Both The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World have been selections of Oprah's Book Club. The Short History of a Prince was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998; her novel Disobedience was published in 2000; When Madeline Was Young was a Washington Post Best Book of 2006. She lives and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin.

In March 2009, Hamilton was a writer-in-residence at Butler University. This conversation with novelist Barbara Shoup about her book When Madeline Was Young and the newly released Laura Rider's Masterpiece took place before a group of students in Professor Susan Neville's Visiting Writers Series class.