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first ever recipient of Mark Twain prize given by Poetry magazine
Billy Collins
during 9/11, read "The Names" to Congress to all those who died
Billy Collins
invented Poetry 180 to encourage students to read poetry
Billy Collins
favorite book: Oxford English Dictionary
Dan Brown
achieved huge success from "The Da Vinci Code"
Dan Brown
tried to be musician, like mother: first CD was "Angels and Demons"
-name of one of his books
Dan Brown
fought in Vietnam War: influenced books like "The Things They Carried"
Tim O'Brien
known for storytelling
-what's right vs. what's wrong (perception vs. truth)
Tim O'Brien
journalist for NY Times (degree in journalism from Harvard)
= enemy of govt: reported on benefits of communism rather than democracy
David Halberstam
wrote "The Best and the Brightest" referring to JFK's cabinet: sarcastic b/c they screwed up Vietnam War
David Halberstam
fans built android in honor of him
-now location of robot is unknown
Philip K. Dick
took drugs, mentally unstable, on speed, schizophrenic?
-"2-3-74": saw visions of ancient Rome
Philip K. Dick
part of hippie movement (fled to Canada to avoid Vietnam war draft)
-coined the terms "cyberspace," "cyperpunk," and "steampunk"
William Gibson
theme: high tech meets low life; artificial intelligence (thinking computer), dystopia society (bad influence of computers)
William Gibson
actually resisted using computers and internet: books written on typewriter

-book "Neuromancer" influenced the Matrix and music of U2
William Gibson
life of trouble:
-raped by mother's boyfriend (mute for 5 years)
-lived in junkyard after mother cut her w/ knife
-pregnant at 16 (Guy)
-rejected from U.S. Army
-prostitute to help husband pay debt (all a lie)
Maya Angelou
"I know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
"Phenomenal Woman"
Maya Angelou
wrote for high school newspaper: The Echo
Kurt Vonnegut
mother committed suicide on Mother's Day; sister died from cancer
Kurt Vonnegut
involvement in WWII: captured by Germans in Battle of the Bulge
=Dresden Firebombing
=wrote "Slaughter-House Fire", "Cat's Cradle"
Kurt Vonnegut
lived in African Congo for 2 years
=The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
piano scholarship
degree in biology
Barbara Kingsolver
wrote "The Bean Trees" while pregnant and suffering from insomnia
Barbara Kingsolver
Dill in "To Kill a Mockingbird" based off of him
Truman Capote
threw himself a party in honor of himself and "In Cold Blood"
Truman Capote
lots of problems:
-mother was alcoholic, gold-digger (17 when pregnant)
-lonely, disliked, fell into drugs and drinking
Truman Capote
wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's
Truman Capote
playwright, moviestar
-won Tony Awards
David Mamet
"The Duck Variations," "American Buffalo," "Glengarry Glen Ross"
David Mamet
"The Notebook," "Message in a Bottle," "A Walk to Remember"
Nicholas Sparks
history:
-valediction in hs, track
-met wife on spring break, mother died in horse-riding accident, autistic son
Nicholas Sparks
voted best looking in plaid in Vogue magazine
Joseph Heller
grew up in Coney Island, NY
had love for eating
enlisted as pilot in WWII
Joseph Heller
"Catch-22": gained support during Vietnam War
"Now and Then": autobiography
Joseph Heller
parents had connections to big Chinese rulers (ex. Mao Zedong)
Li-Young Lee
Asian culture had big influence on him; themes of memory, origin, culture, importance of God, father as moral figure: all interconnected
Li-Young Lee
wrote Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk
shock writer; violence and sexual references - dark outlook
Chuck Palahniuk
sent out severed arm
Chuck Palahniuk
short story "Guts" from Haunted has made many faint
Chuck Palahniuk