Contributed by: Mark Woodard


May 1

Joseph Heller (1923) Catch-22

Bobbie Ann Mason (1940) The Girl in the Blue Beret

May 3

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469) The Prince

May 4

Amos Oz (1939) Jews and Words

Graham Swift (1949) Wish You Were Here, Mothering Sunday

David Guterson (1956) Snow Falling on Cedars, Our Lady of the Forest

May 5

Leo Lionni (1910) Swimmy, Theodore and the Talking Mushroom

May 7

Robert Browning (1812) Poet

May 8

Irene Hunt (1907) Across Five Aprils, Up a Road Slowly

Thomas Pynchon (1937) Gravity’s Rainbow, Inherent Vice

Peter Benchley (1940) Jaws

May 9

J.M. Barrie (1860) Peter Pan

Richard Adams (1920) Watership Down

Alan Bennett (1934) The Lady in the Van, The Uncommon Reader

May 11

Sheila Burnford (1918) The Incredible Journey

May 12

Edward Lear (1812) The Owl & the Pussycat, The Duck & the Kangaroo

May 13

Daphne du Maurier (1907) Rebecca, Jamaica Inn

Francine Pascal (1938) Sweet Valley Confidential series

Armistead Maupin (1944) Tales of the City series

May 15

Frank Baum (1856) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series

Mikhail Bulgakov (1891) The Master and the Margarita

Norma Fox Mazer (1931) Has Anyone Seen My Emily Greene?

May 16

Studs Terkel (1912) American Dreams, Lost and Found, Working

Adrienne Rich (1929) Poet

Bruce Coville (1950) Moongobble and Me series, Unicorn Chronicles

May 17

Eloise Greenfield (1929) The Friendly Four, The Great Migration: Journey to the North

Gary Paulsen (1939) Hatchet series

May 18

Bertrand Russell (1872) Why I Am Not a Christian

Diane Duane (1952) Young Wizards series, Omnitopia Dawn

May 19

Lorraine Hansberry (1930) A Raisin in the Sun

Nora Ephron (1941) Heartburn, I Feel Bad About My Neck

May 20

Honore de Balzac (1799) Cousin Bette, Pere Goriot

May 21

Dante Alighieri (1265) Inferno, The Divine Comedy

Harold Robbins (1916) The Betsy, The Carpetbaggers

May 22

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859) Sherlock Holmes mysteries

Peter Matthiessen (1927) Shadow Country, In Paradise

May 23

Scott O’Dell (1898) Island of the Blue Dolphins, The King’s Fifth

Margaret Wise Brown (1910) Goodnight Songs, The Golden Bunny

May 25

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803) Poet and Essayist

Robert Ludlum (1927) The Jason Bourne series

Raymond Carver (1938) Where I’m Calling From Cathedral

Jamaica Kincaid (1949) A Small Place, See Now Then

May 27

Rachel Carson (1907) Silent Spring, Environmentalist

Herman Wouk (1915) The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War

Tony Hillerman (1925) Leaphorn & Chee mysteries

M.E. Kerr (1932) Edge, Snakes Don’t Miss Their Mothers

May 28

Ian Fleming (1908) James Bond 007 series

Walker Percy (1916) The Moviegoer, Second Coming

May 29

T.H. White (1929) The Once and Future King

Andrew Clements (1949) Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School

May 31

Walt Whitman (1819) Poet, Leaves of Grass