Contributed by: Mark Woodard



Rex Stout (1886) Nero Wolfe mysteries

Woody Allen (1935) Short stories: Without Feathers, Mere Anarchy, Getting Even, screenwriter: Sleeper, Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Purple Rose of Cairo

Jan Brett (1949) Gingerbread Baby, Trouble with Trolls, The Mitten

Candace Bushnell (1958) Sex and the City, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle

Gail Z. Martin (1962) Chronicles of the Necromancer series



Dan Jenkins (1929) Sports journalist, Semi-Tough, Stick a Fork in Me

Brian Lumley (1937) Necroscope series, Deadspeak

David Macaulay (1946) The Way things Work, Built to Last, Cathedral

Elizabeth Berg (1948) The Art of Pleasures, Home Safe, The Art of Mending

  1. Coraghessan Boyle (1948) When the Killing’s Done, The Terranauts

George Saunders (1958) Lincoln in the Bardo, Tenth of December

Ann Patchett (1963) Commonwealth, State of Wonder, Bel Canto



Joseph Conrad (1857) Heart of Darkness, The Secret Agent, Lord Jim

Alfred Uhry (1936) Playwright, Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night at Ballyhoo, Parade



Rainer Maria Rilke (1875) Letters to a Young Poet, In Praise of Mortality

Jay-Z (1969) Songwriter, Empire State of Mind, 99 Problems



John A. Williams (1925) Clifford’s Blues, Captain Blackman

Joan Didion (1934) Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, The Year of Magical Thinking

Calvin Trillin (1935) Journalist, humorist, About Alice, Killings

John Berendt (1939) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The City of Falling Angels



Joyce Kilmer (1886) Poet, Trees, The Circus

Ira Gershwin (1896) Songwriter, I Got Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me

Doug Marlette (1949) Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist: Kudzu

Garth Stein (1964) The Art of Racing in the Rain, A Sudden Light



Willa Cather (1873) My Antonia, O Pioneers!, Death Comes for the Archbishop

Noam Chomsky (1928) Journalist, historian, Manufacturing Consent

Pearl Cleage (1948) What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, Babylon Sisters

Mark Kurlansky (1948) Paper: Paging Through History, Salt: A World History



Horace (65 BC) Ancient lyric poet, Epodes

James Thurber (1894) Humorist, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 13 Clocks

Mary Gordon (1949) Final Payments, The Love of My Youth



John Milton (1608) Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained

Joel Chandler Harris (1848) Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit series’

Jean De Brunhoff (1889) Babar the Elephant series

Dalton Trumbo (1905) Johnny Got His Gun, screenwriter: Roman Holiday, Spartacus



Emily Dickinson (1839) Poet, Because I Could Not Stop For Death, Hope Is the Thing With Feathers

Mary Norton (1903) The Borrowers series, Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Philip R. Craig (1933) Brady Coyne and J.W. Jackson series, Martha’s Vineyard mystery series

Jacquelyn Mitchard (1956) The Deep End of the Ocean, Two If By Sea



Naguib Mahfouz (1911) Nobel Prize in Literature, Sugar Street, Palace Walk, The Children of Gebelawi

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918) Nobel Prize in Literature, The Gulag Archipelago, A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Cancer Ward

Grace Paley (1922) Short stories and poetry, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, The Little Disturbances of Man

Jim Harrison (1937) Legends of the Fall, The Woman Lit By Fireflies, True North

Thomas McGuane (1939) 92 in the Shade, The Sporting Club, Crow Fair

Ayelet Waldman (1964) Bad Mother, A Really Good Day, Red Hook Road



Gustave Flaubert (1821) Madame Bovary, Sentimental Education

John Osborne (1929) Playwright, Look Back in Anger, The Entertainer, Luther



Marc Connelly (1890) Playwright, The Green Pastures, member of Algonquin Round Table

Kenneth Patchen (1911) Poet, The Walking-Away World, Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer

Ross MacDonald (1915) The Drowning Pool, The Blue Hammer, The Dark Tunnel

James Wright (1927) Poet, The Branch Will Not Break, Above the River



Shirley Jackson (1916) The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Lottery (short story)

Carolyn M. Rodgers (1940) Poet, Songs of a Black Bird, The Heart is Evergreen

Stanley Crouch (1945) Critic, journalist, author, Kansas City Lightning, Considering Genius

Douglas Brinkley (1960) Historian, Voices of Valor, The Great Deluge



Betty Smith (1896) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Joy in the Morning

Muriel Rukeyser (1913) Poet, Out of Silence, Life of Poetry

Edna O’Brien (1932) The Country Girls, The Little Red Chairs

Donald Goines (1936) Black Girl Lost, Dopefiend, Black Gangster



Jane Austen (1775) Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey

Noel Coward (1899) Playwright, Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, Present Laughter, Design for Living

V.S. Pritchett (1900) Poet, Marching Spain, London Perceived

Margaret Mead (1901) Cultural anthropologist, Coming of Age in Samoa, Growing Up in New Guinea, Sex and Temperament

Arthur C. Clarke (1917) 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood’s End, Time’s Odyssey series

Philip K. Dick (1928) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Man in the High Castle, A Scanner Darkly

Scott Pratt (1959) Joe Dillard series, An Innocent Client, Injustice For All



Ford Madox Ford (1873) Parade’s End, The Good Soldier

Es’kia Mphahlele (1919) Writer, artist, activist, Renewal Time, Down Second Avenue

Erskine Caldwell (1903) God’s Little Acre, Tobacco Road

John Kennedy Toole (1937) Pulitzer Prize winner,, A Confederacy of Dunces, The Neon Bible,



Saki (1870) The Unrest Cure, The Interlopers

Christopher Fry (1907) Playwright: The Lady’s Not For Burning, screenwriter: Ben-Hur

Alfred Bester (1913) The Demolished Man, The Stars My Destination

Hal Kanter (1918) Screenwriter, Pocketful of Miracles, Blue Hawaii, Move Over, Darling

Michael Moorcock (1939) The Whispering Swarm, Gloriana



Jean Genet (1910) Playwright, The Balcony, The Maids, novelist, Querelle, Our Lady of the Flowers

Eve Bunting (1928) Frog and Friends series, Night Tree, Hey Diddle Diddle

Brandon Sanderson (1975) Stormlight Archive series, Wheel of Time series



Kate Atkinson (1951) Life After Life, A God in Ruins, Jackson Brodie mystery series

Sandra Cisneros (1954) The House on Mango Street, Caramelo, Loose Woman

Nalo Hopkinson (1960) Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, The Salt Roads



Rebecca West (1892) The Return of the Soldier, The Fountain Overflows

Anthony Powell (1905) A Dance to the Music of Time series



Jean Racine (1639) French dramatist, Phedre, Iphigenie, Andromaque

Giacomo Puccini (1858) Composer, La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butterfly

Edward Arlington Robinson (1869) Three-time Pulitzer Prize poet, The Town Down the River

Charles De Lint (1951) Moonheart, Eyes Like Leaves, The Painted Boy



Robert Bly (1926) Iron John: A Book About Men

Avi (1937) Poppy series, Cristen: End of Time adventure series



Mary Higgins Clark (1927) Where Are the Children?, The Cradle Will Fall, Moonlight Becomes You, Death Wears a Beauty Mask, Under Suspicion series

Adam Haslett (1970) Imagine Me Gone, You Are Not a Stranger Here

Laura Moriarty (1970) The Chaperone, While I’m Falling

Stephanie Meyer (1973) Twilight Saga series, Breaking Dawn series



William Demby (1922) Battlecreek, Love Story Black, The Catacombs

Rod Serling (1927) Television/film writer, The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Planet of the Apes

Carlos Castaneda (1925) A Separate Reality, The Teachings of Don Juan



Thomas Gray (1716) Poet, Elegy Written in a Country Church

Henry Miller (1891) Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn

Jean Toomer (1894) Harlem Renaissance poet, Cane, The Wayward and the Seeking

David Sedaris (1956) Humorist, Barrel Fever, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day

Elizabeth Kostova (1964) The Historian, The Swan Thieves



P.T.  Deutermann (1941) Cam Richter series, The Last Man, The Commodore

Cokie Roberts (1943) Founding Mothers, We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters

Sarah Vowell (1969) Assassination Vacation, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Greg Mortenson (1957) Three Cups of Tea, Stones Into Schools



Mortimer J. Adler (1902)

Manuel Puig (1932) Kiss of the Spider Woman, Heartbreak Tango

John Gray (1951) Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, Why Mars and Venus Collide



William Gaddis (1922) The Recognitions, A Frolic of His Own

Dave Pelzer (1960) A Child Called “It”, A Man Named Dave, The Lost Boy



Rudyard Kipling (1865) The Jungle Book, Captains Courageous, If, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Kim

Paul Bowles (1910) The Sheltering Sky, Let It Fall Down, The Spider’s House

Mercer Mayer (1943) Author, illustrator, Little Critter series



Frank Marshall Davis (1905) Journalist, poet, labor activist, Livin’ the Blues, Black Moods

Clarence Major (1936) Novelist, poet, My Amputations, Dirty Bird Blues