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Celebrate your favorite author born in April!

April 1: Anne McCaffre
y (April 1 1926-November 21 2011
About: Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-born writer who emigrated to Ireland and was best known for the Dragonriders of Pern fantasy series. Early in McCaffrey’s 46-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel The White Dragon became one of the first science-fiction books to appear on the New York Times Best Seller list. (From Wikipedia)


April 2: Hans Christian Andersen (April 2 1805-August 4 1875)
About: Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen’s popularity is not limited to children: his stories express themes that transcend age and nationality. (From Wikipedia)



April 3: Jane Goodall (3 April 1934)
Dame Jane Morris Goodall…is a British primatologist and anthropologist. Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her over 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees… She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996. In April 2002, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace. (From Wikipedia)


April 4: Maya Angelou (April 4 1928-May 28 2014)
Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou, known as Maya Angelou, was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. Angelou received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category, in 2005 and 2009. (From Biography)


April 5: Booker T. Washington (April 5 1856 – November 14 1915)
About: Booker Taliaferro Washington was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States…Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants. (From Wikipedia)



April 6: Vince Flynn (April 6 1966-June 19 2013) 
About: Vincent Joseph “Vince” Flynn was an American author of political thriller novels surrounding the story of the fictional assassin Mitch Rapp. He also served as a story consultant for the fifth season of the television series 24. (From Wikipedia)



April 7: William Wordsworth (April 7 1770- April 23 1850)
Born in England in 1770, poet William Wordsworth worked with Samuel Taylor Coleridge on Lyrical Ballads (1798). The collection…introduced Romanticism to English poetry. Wordsworth also showed his affinity for nature with the famous poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.” He became England’s poet laureate in 1843, a role he held until his death in 1850. (From Biography)



April 8: Barbara Kingsolver (April 8 1955)
About: Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist and poet…Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments. Each of her books published since 1993 has been on the New York Times Best Seller list. (From Wikipedia)



April 9: Margaret Peterson Haddix (April 9 1964)
About: Margaret Peterson Haddix has…written more than 40 books for kids and teens…Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status, the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. They have also been translated into more than twenty different languages. (From Haddix Books)


April 10: Peter Morgan (10 April 1963)
About: Peter Julian Robin Morgan is a British film writer and playwright. Morgan is best known for writing the historical films and plays The QueenFrost/NixonThe Damned United, and Rush. He is the creator of Netflix’s drama series The Crown. In 2008, Morgan was ranked number 28 in The Telegraph’s list of “The 100 most powerful people in British culture”. (From Wikipedia)



April 12: Beverly Cleary (April 10 1916)
Beverly Atlee Cleary is an American writer of children’s and young adult fiction. One of America’s most successful living authors, 91 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide since her first book was published in 1950. Some of Cleary’s best known characters are Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy, Ramona Quimby and Beezus Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse. (From Wikipedia)



April 13: Eudora Welty (April 13 1909 – July 23 2001)
About: Eudora Alice Welty was an American short story writer and novelist who wrote about the American South. Her novel The Optimist’s Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Welty was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom among numerous awards including the Order of the South. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America. (From Wikipedia)



April 15: Henry James (April 15 1843 – 28 February 28 1916)
About: Henry James was an American author regarded as a key transitional figure between literary realism and literary modernism, and is considered by many to be among the greatest novelists in the English language. (From Wikipedia)



April 16: Gertrude Chandler Warner (April 16, 1890 – August 30, 1979)
About: Gertrude Chandler Warner was an American author, mainly of children’s stories. She was most famous for writing the original book of The Boxcar Children and for the next eighteen books in the series. (From Wikipedia)



April 17: Thornton Wilder 
(April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975)
About: Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and for the plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth — and a U.S. National Book Award for the novel The Eighth Day. (From Wikipedia)


April 21: Charlotte Brontë (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855)
About: Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works (including her best known novel, Jane Eyre) under the pen name Currer Bell. (From Wikipedia)



April 22: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (April 22 1899 – July 2 1977)
About: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian-American novelist, translator and entomologist. His first nine novels were in Russian, but he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose. Nabokov’s Lolita (1955), his most noted novel in English, was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels. (From Wikipedia)


April 23: Charles Johnson (April 23 1948)
About: Charles Richard Johnson is an African-American scholar and the author of novels, short stories, screen-and-teleplays, and essays, most often with a philosophical orientation…Middle Passage won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1990, making him the second African-American man to receive this prize after Ralph Ellison in 1953…Johnson received a MacArthur Fellowship or “Genius Grant” in 1998. He is also the recipient of National Endowment For The Arts and Guggenheim Fellowships, and many other prizes such as a 2002 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. (From Wikipedia)


April 24: Sue Grafton (April 24 1940 – December 28 2017)
About: Sue Taylor Grafton was an American author of detective novels. She is best known as the author of the “alphabet series” (“A” Is for Alibi, etc.) featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. (From Wikipedia)



April 26: William Shakespeare (April 26 1564 (baptized) – April 23 1616)
About: William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. (From Wikipedia)


April 27: Ludwig Bemelmans (April 27 1898 – October 1 1962)
About: Ludwig Bemelmans was an Austria-Hungary-born American writer and illustrator of children’s books. He is known best for the Madeline picture books. (From Wikipedia)



April 28: Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016)
About: Nelle Harper Lee, better known by her pen name Harper Lee, was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. (From Wikipedia)



April 30: Annie Dillard (April 30, 1945)
About: Annie Dillard is an American author, best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir. Her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. (From Wikipedia)

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