Maeve Binchy, a true Irish storyteller, had her name at the top of Britain’s most popular writers list and the New York Times Best Seller’s List. Binchy’s novels touch on issues such as parent-child relationships and the illusion of love. Her novels do not focus entirely on sex, but their appeal, instead, stems from the author’s creation of the ordinary, identifiable characters who love and sometimes lose.
Binchy, as a child would spend her holidays in what she called, “far flung places.” “I wrote marvellous long, rambling letters home from these trips, editing out the bits they didn’t need to know, bits of falling in love with unsuitable foreigners. In fact, my parents were so impressed with these eager letters from abroad, they got them typed and sent them to a newspaper, and that’s how I became a writer.” (http://www.maevebinchy.com/)
Check out our Maeve Binchy display downstairs at the Emerson Library. Here are some titles to look for…
Light a Penny Candle
The Lilac Bus
Circle of Friends
Heart and Soul
The Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library is ever changing it’s displays on the main floor and downstairs. Check out the Main Floor displays located near the circulation desk and the lower level displays located in the main area near the desk also. Check out our Resolutions display upstairs and the Cozy Mysteries and Hen Lit displays downstairs!
Past Authors of the Month
You read it right! Just picture it… you’re in the stacks perusing some books and you pull something that catches your eye. You start to look through and have this thought in your mind like, “Really? Is this really a book that people read?” Well, there is a blog dedicated to these types of books and it’s hilarious! Check out Awful Library Books and really see what some are finding on the shelves!
Anne Rivers Siddons, born 1936, graduate of Auburn University, started her career off as – what people may call, a free minded writer. She knew she was meant to be a writer when she was fired for her powerful articles in an Alabama Newspaper in which gained national attention. It was her articles like these that got her an offer from an editor; eager and interested to have her write a novel. Today Anne writes Domestic Fiction, women and relationship stories, romantic stories, and psycholgical fiction. She states that she doesn’t want to romanticize anything, she wants to write about the South as it really is.
The House Next Door
Best known for his Science Fiction Novels, Card has written many other forms and genres that appeal to audiences from teens to adults (kind of the Jack of all trades in the writers world). Card is known for his engrossing and moral stories and provocative view of a world in which individuals can make a difference. His stories feature familiar themes–family, duty, and sacrifice–and the battle between good and evil is frequently explored.
In 1978 he won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer from the World Science Fiction Convention. He has wrote screenplays for animated children’s videos, written poetry, directed and ventured into writing illustrated novels in the comic series Ultimate Iron Man for Marvel.
Past authors of the Month
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Have you read all titles written by a certain author and want more like them? Keep checking in to our blog to get the latest Author Read-A-Likes A to Z!
This Week check out the Authors that write like VC Andrews…
Something we do every month at the Emerson library is recognize an author and display their books. This month we are spotlighting James Michener.
James Albert Michener (February 3, 1907-October 16, 1997) was an American Author of more that 40 titles, the majority of which were sweeping sagas, covering the lives of many generations and incorporating historical facts within the stories. Michener took upon himself great, meticulous research when writing his novels. Michener was known for his lengthy novels, some of which ran over 1,000 pages and the author stated that he would spend 12 to 15 hours per day for weeks at a time at his typewriter.
His writing started during World War II as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. There, he was a naval historian and turned his notes and impressions into fiction novels. His first, being Tales of the South Pacific, which was produced on Broadway and film musical as South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Money certainly wasn’t something Michener gloated about. He selflessly donated over $100 million of his earnings to libraries, universities, museums, and other charities. He also founded a Master’s in Fine Arts program now named the Michener Center for Writers and upon his death left his entire $10 million estate and copyrights to his works to his Alma mater, Swarthmore College.
Books by Michener
The Fires of Spring 1949
Return to Paradise 1950
The Bridges at Toko-ri 1953
The Source 1965
The Drifters 1971
The Watermen 1978
The Covenant 1980
The Novel 1991
South Pacific 1992
Miracle in Seville 1995
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