Sylvia Brownrigg

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Sylvia Alderyn Brownrigg (born December 16, 1964) is an American author. She is the author of seven books of fiction. Brownrigg's books have been on The New York Times notable fiction lists and Los Angeles Times and Kirkus books of the year. Her children's book, Kepler's Dream, published under the name Juliet Bell, was turned into an independent film in 2017. She won a Lambda Literary Award in 2002 for Pages for You and published the sequel to that book in 2017. Brownrigg's reviews and criticism have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, New Statesman, Los Angeles Times, and The Believer.


Brownrigg was born in Mountain View, California. She grew up in Los Altos, California, and Oxford, England. After graduating magna cum laude at Yale University, Brownrigg earned a Master of Arts degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University. From 1993 until 2000, she lived in London.

Brownrigg is separated from radio show host Sedge Thomson, and now lives in Berkeley, California, with their son and daughter.


  • The Metaphysical Touch. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 1999. ISBN 0-374-19965-5. 
  • Ten Women Who Shook the World. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 2000. ISBN 0-374-27289-1. 
  • Pages for You. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 2002. ISBN 0-374-22859-0. 


  • "California Births, 1905 - 1995" (Online Database). Family Tree Legends Records Collection. Pearl Street Software. 2002–2005. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  • Brownrigg, Sylvia (2009). "Biography". Sylvia Retrieved May 8, 2010. 

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