Nov 13, 2008

Weekly Geeks #24--Favorite Author

This week's Weekly Geeks challenge to share fun facts about our favorite authors. Here's the details of the challenge:

1. Choose a writer you like.

2. Using resources such as Wikipedia, the author’s website, whatever you can find, make a list of interesting facts about the author.

3. Post your fun facts list in your blog, maybe with a photo of the writer, a collage of his or her books, whatever you want.

4. Come sign the Mr Linky below with the url to your fun facts post.

5. As you run into (or deliberately seek out) other Weekly Geeks’ lists, add links to your post for authors you like or authors you think your readers are interested in.

So who did I choose? Do you need to ask? Here she is: Anita Shreve

Here's some interesting facts about her:

1. She was born in Dedham, Mass., so if you've ever wondered why many of her novels are set in New England, there's one big reason.

2. She received the O. Henry Prize for a short story in 1976

3. She taught high school English, creative writing at Amherst College, and worked as a journalist in Nairobi and Kenya.

4. She has adored Eugene O'Neill's work and Ethan Frome.

5. In 1998 she won the PEN/L. L. Winship Award and the New England Book Award, just before Oprah's Book Club picked up her novel, The Pilot's Wife.

Check out her books here.

Which author did you pick for this week's challenge?


As an aside, I wanted to share with you want my BBAW winner had to say about her first issue of Poetry magazine:

I just wanted to let you know that I received my first copy of Poetry magazine (and I have already read it cover to cover). Again, thank you so much, it was a perfect prize and one that I will continue to enjoy.

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Anna said...

I love Anita Shreve!!! Interesting that she was a journalist and a high school English teacher!

And I'm glad your winner is enjoying her subscription!

Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

Thanks for stopping by my latest addition of Weekly Geeks. i can't post my link though, looks like dewey's blog is not working today! :(

I was so happy to hear that she loved her first issue.

Jo-Jo said...

Thanks for sharing about Anita Shreve...she has been one of my favorites for a long time!

Jeannie said...

I'm very happy to learn more about Anita Shreve. Thanks, Serena!

P.S. Here's my Weekly Geeks. It was fun!

Jeannie's Weekly Geeks

Lady Blogger said...

Anita Shreve is one of my favorite authors also. I recently picked up a copy of "Light on Snow" and can't wait to bury my nose it in. My reading time has been cut down drastically as I am trying to save money this year by making (crocheting) many of my Christmas gifts. My treat once Christmas is done: slippers, a cup of tea, and a good book! :)

The Bookworm said...

Great author pick serena!
I havent read her books yet, but I've heard good things about them.

Serena said...

Naida: You better get reading...Her newest Testimony is one of her best!

Anonymous said...

Light on Snow is the only novel I've read by Anita Shreve thus far, but I loved it. The descriptions were so vivid I can still remember some of the scenes. I'm not sure why I haven't read any others.

Serena said...

LiterateHousewife: You should read Sea Glass and Testimony...those are my favorites.

Shana said...

Serena - I didn't know Shreve is your favorite author. I was about to ask which book you like best when I read your reply to Jennifer. I have Fortune's Rocks on my shelf and I'm really looking forward to it.


Anonymous said...

Awesome fact about the author! I have not read anything about her :( and i must definitely get something :))

And that last note was so nice@! it is so heartwarming!!

Serena said...

Shana: Surprisingly I never have gotten through Fortune's Rocks, though Anna says it is one of her favorites. I think I have to revisit that book again.

Veens: everyone should read Shreve.