Christina Thompson

Christina Thompson is the author of Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia, which won the 2020 Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award; the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, and the 2019 NSW Premier's General History Prize and was a finalist for the 2020 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, the 2019 Mountbatten Maritime Award, the 2019 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, and the 2019 Queensland Literary Award. Her first book, Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, was a finalist for the 2009 NSW Premier's Literary Award and the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. She is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and NEH, including a Public Scholar Award, and the National Library of Australia. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, American Scholar, and BBC World Histories. She teaches in the Writing Program at Harvard University Extension and can be found at


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