Author Profile

Marina Budhos

Marina Budhos

Marina Budhos is an author of award-winning fiction and nonfiction. Her newest novel is Watched, a follow-up to Ask Me No Questions, taking on surveillance in a post 9/11 era, which is on core reading lists in schools throughout the country, was a one-school book in Sudbury, MA, chosen as Chicago’s Best of the Best, and cited by as 12 YA Books "That Will Make You See the World Differently”.

Budhos’s other books include the novels Tell Us We’re Home, The Professor of Light, House of Waiting, and a nonfiction book, Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers. She also is co-author, with her husband Marc Aronson of the forthcoming Eyes of the World: Robert Capa & Gerda Taro & The Invention of Modern Photojournalism, and Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom & Science, which was a 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist, is required reading for the state of Louisiana, an exemplary text in New York State, and used in many AP and world history classrooms.

Ms. Budhos has been a Fulbright Scholar to India, given talks throughout the country and abroad, and is a professor of English at William Paterson University. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with her husband and two sons, Sasha and Rafi.

"Marina is a wonderful presence in the classroom; clear in her presentation and honest in her responses to student's questions. Her books give students, whether reluctant readers or not, the opportunity to form well rounded opinions and defend them amongst their peers with an author who knows how to keep them thinking and talking."
-- Jo Umans, Founder and Executive Director, Behind the Book

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Reviews of Watched

What an exquisite writer, Marina Budhos. WATCHED will pull you into its world with magnetic, graceful power – characters so sensitively drawn – deeply touching scenes of immigrant life and relationship -this is a hauntingly perfect, potent story for this moment.
-- Naomi Shihab Nye, Author of Habib

Videos featuring Marina Budhos

TELL US WE'RE HOME, by Marina Budhos

Writer Marina Budhos on TELL US WE'RE HOME

“Sugar Changed The World” with Dr. Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

"Sugar Changed The World" with Dr. Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos from Lesley University Alumni on Vimeo.

LYCEUM: How to be American When People Say You're Not