Meet the Candidate — Laura Hillenbrand author of “Unbroken”

Today we feature Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken.

Her website has a brief bio to get started:

Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the critically acclaimed “Seabiscuit: An American Legend,” which spent 42 weeks at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, in hardcover and paperback. “Seabiscuit” was finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, won the Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year Award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, landed on more than fifteen best-of-the-year lists, and inspired the film Seabiscuit, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. According to Newsweek, Seabiscuit is the best-selling sports book in history.

Hillenbrand’s New Yorker article, “A Sudden Illness,” won the 2004 National Magazine Award, and Laura is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award, the highest journalistic honor in thoroughbred racing. She and actor Gary Sinise are the co-founders of Operation International Children (, a charity that provides school supplies to needy children through American troops. She lives in Washington, D.C.

In Hillenbrand’s article “A Sudden Illness” she writes about her experience with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. New Yorker subscribers can read the article here.

Hillenbrand has spoken openly about her illness as these articles reveal:

From USA Today:  Writing Sets Her Free
From The New York Times: An Author Escapes From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Hillenbrand and Louis Zamperini, the subject of her book, were interviewed on the Today Show on November 19, 2011. Hillenbrand is a sports lover, leading Sports Illustrated  to interview her in this article, Q&A with Seabiscuit, Unbroken author Laura Hillenbrand.

And, Laura Hillenbrand is on Facebook too!

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