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Laurel Corona, Ph.D., Author and Historian

Laurel Corona has combined her love of writing and teaching for four decades. She taught in the San Diego area since 1975, working first at SDSU then at UCSD, before becoming a full-time, tenured professor of Humanities and World Religions at San Diego City College, from which she retired in 2014. Dr. Corona received degrees in literature from the University of Chicago (MA) and the University of California at Davis (BA and Ph.D.).

As a professor, Corona taught a yearlong Humanities survey ranging from neolithic times to the present. Subject areas include art, music, literature, architecture, philosophy, and history, with a special emphasis on the achievements of non-western and popular cultures. Corona was voted Professor of the Year in 1999 at San Diego City College and was a perennial favorite of students.

She began her career as a published author in 1999 with a book on Kenya for Lucent Books, and went on to write seventeen Young Adult titles for that company before turning her attention to books for adults. In 2008 she had award-winning debuts with major publishers in both fiction and non-fiction. The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi's Venice won the 2009 Theodor Geisel Award for Book of the Year from the San Diego Book Awards and has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance is a non-fiction work about the Jewish resistance movement in Vilna, Lithuania. It won a San Diego Book Award as well as a Christopher Medal, a national award given to books whose writers “craft words and images into a clear, cohesive vision” and “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” 

Corona’s second novel, Penelope's Daughter tells the story of Homer’s Odyssey from the perspective of a daughter born to Odysseus after he leaves for Troy. Her third novel, Finding Emilie, is based on the life story of Emilie du Chatelet, the brilliant eighteenth-century physicist and mathematician who was also Voltaire’s lover and muse. It also won the Theodor Geisel Award for Book of the Year at the San Diego Book Awards and, like all her other novels, has been translated into several languages. Her fourth novel, The Mapmaker’s Daughter, tells the story of the last generations of Jews in Spain before the 1492 expulsion by Ferdinand and Isabella.

Laurel Corona is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):






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Dec 21 2014 14 2438 Silver Wind Singapore, Singapore to Singapore, Singapore $8,150
Mar 27 2015 15 1510 Silver Cloud Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA to Barcelona, Spain $4,150
Jun 29 2015 10 2518 Silver Wind Barcelona, Spain to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy $4,950
Jul 09 2015 10 2519 Silver Wind Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy to Venice, Italy $4,950
Sep 08 2015 17 4523 Silver Whisper Southampton, UK to Montreal, Quebec, Canada $8,350
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