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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