Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!! Famous Writer Moms

I'd like to wish all of you a very beautiful, very happy, Mother's Day!!

In honor of this day,
I thought I'd feature some famous
writers who are also moms!

Isabel Allende

This Chilean-American author, born in Peru in 1942, is famous for her work in the magic realist tradition.  Her best-known novel is The House of the Spirits, released in Spanish as La Casa de los Espiritus.  She has written other important works, such as Ines of My Soul, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune.

In 2010, she received Chile's National Literature Prize, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004. 

She has two children: a daughter, Paula Frias Allende, and a son, Nicolas Frias.

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Margaret Atwood

This Canadian writer, born in Ottawa in 1939, is perhaps best known as the author of The Handmaid's Tale, a science fiction novel which received the first Arthur C. Clarke Award, in 1987.  It was also nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, as well as the 1987 Prometheus Award.  She has won many other literary awards, and has authored other books, as well as short story collections. 

Her daughter, Eleanor Jess Atwood Gibson, was born in 1975.

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Stephenie Meyer

This wildly successful American writer, born in Connecticut in 1973, is the beloved author of The Twilight Saga, which has topped bestseller lists. According to Wikipedia, the books have sold over 100 million copies since 2005, the year the series debuted. The first novel, Twilight, "...was named the Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Editor's Choice." (from the Wikipedia article) It has also been made into highly profitable films by Summit Entertainment.  The last film, which is the second part of  Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the series, was released in November of 2012. 

Meyer is also the author of The Host, a novel written for adults.  The film adaptation was released on March 29, 2013.

She has three sons: Gabe, Seth, and Eli. 

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Toni Morrison

Born in 1931, this American novelist, editor, and professor is best known for her novels Song of Solomon and Beloved. The latter was made into a movie, starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, which was released in 1998. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this novel in 1987, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. In 2012, she was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Morrison has two sons, Harold and Slade.

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J.K. Rowling

Another very succesful and beloved author, famous for the enchanting Harry Potter books. According to Wikipedia, they have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, becoming "the best-selling book series in history". Rowling was born in Gloucestershire, England, in 1965.  Her immortal series has also been made into eight blockbuster movies, the last of the seven books having been filmed in two parts.

She has also written The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which is related to the Harry Potter series.
Rowling has written three novels for adults: The Casual Vacancy, The Cuckoo's Calling, and The Silkworm. She is using the pen name "Robert Galbraith" for the last two. A third volume in this, the Cormoran Strike series, is currently in the works. It's titled Career of Evil.

Her daughter, Isabel Rowling Arantes, was born in 1993.

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  1. A great list of authors for Mothers Day Maria.

    I love Margaret Atwood in particular.

    I am very curious about Isabel Allende and I want to read something by her soon.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      Glad you like my list! Two of these authors, Stephenie Meyer and JK Rowling, are already on my favorite authors list. I have not read anything by the other three. I MUST somehow get to "The Handmaid's Tale", since it's so famous, and is a feminist classic.. And, of course, I'm also curious about Isabel Allende's work. As for Toni Morrison, I did see the movie "Beloved" about 10 years ago. It was a nightmare.....of course, that's what slavery actually was, for the people who were enslaved...... I might try to read the book, though, for the literary nuances that movies never include.

      Thanks for commenting!! : )


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