April 1

Anne McCaffrey (1926) Dragonriders of Pern series


April 2

Hans Christian Andersen (1805) The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Emperor’s New Clothes


April 3

Washington Irving (1783) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle


April 4

Maya Angelou (1928) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Letter to My Daughter


April 5

Booker T. Washington (1856) Up From Slavery


April 7

William Wordsworth (1770) Poet


April 8

Barbara Kingsolver (1955) The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer


April 10

David Halberstam (1934) Journalist

Paul Theroux (1941) The Lower River, Mother Land


April 12

Beverly Cleary (1916) Ramona Quimby series, Ralph S. Mouse series

Tom Clancy (1947) Clear and Present Danger, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games

Scott Turow (1949) Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof


April 13

Nella Larsen (1891) Quicksand, Passing

Samuel Beckett (1906) Playwright, Waiting for Godot

Eudora Welty (1909) The Optimist’s Daughter, Delta Wedding, The Ponder Heart

Seamus Heaney (1939) Poet


April 15

Henry James (1843) The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw, Washington Square


April 16

Gertrude Chandler Warner (1890) Boxcar Children series


April 17

Isak Dinesen (1885) Out of Africa

Thornton Wilder (1897) The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Our Town


April 21

Charlotte Bronte (1816) Jane Eyre, Villette

Barbara Park (1947) Junie B. Jones series


April 22

Henry Fielding (1707) Tom Jones, Joseph Andrews

Paula Fox (1923) Desperate Characters, The Slave Dancer

Louise Gluck (1942) Poet,  Averno, Faithful and Virtuous night


April 23

William Shakespeare (1564) Playwright (Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth)

Vladimir Nabokov (1899) Lolita

Charles Johnson (1948) Middle Passage: A Novel


April 24

Daniel Defoe (1660) Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders

Robert Penn Warren (1905) All the King’s Men

Sue Grafton (1940) Kinsey Millhone series (A is for Alibi, et.al.)


April 26

Marcus Aurelius (121 A.D.) Philosopher, Poet, The Meditations

Bernard Malamud (1914) The Natural, The Fixer


April 27

August Wilson (1945) Playwright, Fences, The Piano Lessons


April 28

Harper Lee (1926) To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman

Terry Pratchett (1948) Discworld series, Tiffany Aching series


April 29

Yusef Komunyakaa (1947) Poet, Pleasuredome, Warhorses


April 30

Annie Dillard (1945) Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, An American Childhood