Barbara Quick

Fiction Writer, Poet

c/o Andy Ross Agency 767 Santa Ray Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610

Author's Bio

Because my last two novels, VIVALDI'S VIRGINS and A GOLDEN WEB, are set in Italy, I have a particular interest and some expertise in all things Italian. As the author of VIVALDI'S VIRGINS, which is set in the Ospedale della Pieta where Antonio Vivaldi was resident priest and music master, I've been invited to give pre-concert lectures for several major symphony and/or chamber orchestras. Along with my husband, Wayne Roden (a violist in the San Francisco Symphony), I do a performance called "Words & Music," based on VIVALDI'S VIRGINS and performed now at venues including the Sonoma Arts Festival, the UC San Diego Faculty Club, and fundraisers for the San Francisco Symphony. My fourth novel, in progress, is set in France and Russia in the first decades of the twentieth century, in the world of ballet.

I've just assembled the manuscript for my first poetry collection, "Fanny Mendelssohn Catches a Glimpse of the Future." My poems have been published in a variety of print and online magazines.

For several years (until the company fell apart), I worked as a free-lance writer under contract to Yahoo as one of their Small Business Advisors, writing profiles of online and social entrepreneurs. My essays and reviews have been commissioned and published by the NY Times Book Review, Newsweek, People, National Geographic, the Los Angeles Times, Ms., Cosmopolitan and several specialty magazines.

I have taught writing workshops at Book Passage in Corte Madera, Prescott College in Arizona, UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine. I had the honor of speaking at UC Santa Cruz (my alma mater) in their Living Writers Series.

Publications & Prizes


A Golden Web (HarperTeen, 2010)
Northern Edge: A Novel of Survival in Alaska's Arctic (Harper Collins, 1994)
New York Times Book Review
People Magazine


Vivaldi's Virgins (Harper Collins, 2007)
The Commitment Dialogues, with Matthew McKay (McGraw-Hill, 2005)
Even More/Todavia Mas with Liz McGrath (Raven Tree Press, 2004)
Still Friends: Living Happily Ever After...Even If Your Marriage Falls Apar (Council Oak Books, 2000)
Under Her Wing: The Mentors Who Changed Our Lives (New Harbinger Publications, 2000)
Northern Edge: A Novel (Donald I. Fine, 1990)
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VIVALDI'S VIRGINS, first published in 2007, has been translated into 15 languages and is still in print. My first novel, NORTHERN EDGE, won the Discover: Great New Writers prize. My film treatment for A GOLDEN WEB was a finalist for the 2012 Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant. My poetry manuscript, "Fanny Mendelssohn Catches a Glimpse of the Future," was a finalist for the 2016 Washington Prize.

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Last update: Nov 01, 2016