Posted on June 4, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of June 4, 2023.

Federico García Lorca (June 5, 1898): Lorca, considered among the most important Spanish playwrights and poets of the twentieth century, is best known for his poetry collection Romancero Gitano (Gypsy Ballads) and his play Blood Wedding.

Ken Follett (June 5, 1949): Follett’s breakthrough novel, Eye of the Needle, was made into a film, and five of his novels — The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, On Wings of Eagles, The Third Twin, The Pillars of the Earth, and World Without End — also have a corresponding TV miniseries.

Rick Riordan (June 5, 1964): While popularly known for his Percy Jackson series (and other young adult novels), Riordan has also received the top three US awards for mysteries – the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus — for his Tres Navarre series. 

Thomas Mann (June 6, 1875): Mann, best known for Death in Venice, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929 and is considered the best German novelist of the 20th century.

V.C. Andrews (June 6, 1924): Andrews has written over seventy novels — including, perhaps infamously, Flowers in the Attic — and her work has been translated into twenty-five foreign languages.

Elizabeth Bowen (June 7, 1899): Among Bowen’s most acclaimed novels are The Death of the Heart, The House in Paris, and The Heat of the Day (which the Guardian chose as one of its top 100 novels written in English).

Gwendolyn Brooks (June 7, 1917): Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for Annie Allen, making her the first African American poet to do so.

Louise Erdrich (June 7, 1954): Many of Erdrich’s novels draw on her Native American heritage, including the National Book Award winning novel The Round House and the Nelson Algren Fiction Prize winning short story “The World’s Greatest Fisherman” (which in turn later became a series-launching novel, Love Medicine).

Sara Paretsky (June 8, 1947): Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski novels, which began in the 1980s and continue to today, share the credit (with author Sue Grafton) for breaking down the gender barrier in detective fiction. 

Patricia Cornwell (June 9, 1956): Cornwell, who has sold over 100 million books (thanks in large part to her Kay Scarpetta series), paved the way for forensic thrillers with her first novel, Postmortem.

Saul Bellow (June 10, 1915): The Adventures of Augie March, for which Bellow won both acclaim and a National Book Award, introduced a new, loose and breezy writing style to American literature.

Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928): In addition to writing his own books (most notably the Caldecott Medal-winning Where The Wild Things Are), Sendak illustrated over eighty children’s books by other authors.

Categories: Today in Books

There are no comments yet.
Add Comment

* Indicates a required field