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Can You Guess The Identities Of These Authors?

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  1. 1. Which author is this?

    Dan Brown
    Dan Brown

    (Author of THE DA VINCI CODE)

    Gregory Maguire
    Gregory Maguire

    (Author of WICKED)

    Stieg Larsson
    Stieg Larsson

    (Author of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Gregory Maguire

    “You’re not so cute that groupies are going to be a huge problem, but you’re cute enough that they might be a slight problem.” (Gregory Maguire's writer friend Alice Hoffman said to him about going on book tour, Lightspeed Magazine in May 2013)

    Gregory Maguire
  2. 2. Who is this writer?

    Kazuo Ishiguro
    Kazuo Ishiguro

    (Author of THE REMAINS OF THE DAY)

    Haruki Murakami
    Haruki Murakami

    (Author of NORWEGIAN WOOD)

    Arthur Golden
    Arthur Golden

    (Author of MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Kazuo Ishiguro

    Ishiguro said one thing he intended about THE REMAINS OF THE DAY was a secret experiment to expose the prejudices of literary critics. His previous book was very similar in story but set in Japan, and the critics were far more accepting of the one set in England. (UK Times October 6, 2014)

    Kazuo Ishiguro
    Via amazon.com
  3. 3. What's the name of this author?

    Kathryn Stockett
    Kathryn Stockett

    (Author of THE HELP)

    Toni Morrison
    Toni Morrison

    (Author of THE BLUEST EYE)

    Alice Walker
    Alice Walker

    (Author of THE COLOR PURPLE)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Toni Morrison

    Morrison has revealed: "Everything I write for the first time is written with a pencil, maybe a ballpoint if I don’t have a pencil. I’m not picky, but my preference is for yellow legal pads and a nice number two pencil." (Toni Morrison, The Art of Fiction No. 134, The Paris Review)

    Toni Morrison
    Via clutchmagonline.com
  4. 4. Who is this author?

    Veronica Roth
    Veronica Roth

    (Author of DIVERGENT)

    Suzanne Collins
    Suzanne Collins

    (Author of THE HUNGER GAMES)

    Stephenie Meyer
    Stephenie Meyer

    (Author of TWILIGHT)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Veronica Roth

    25-year-old Veronica Roth famously penned the first book of the "Divergent" series while on winter break at Northwestern University, with movie rights secured before Roth had even earned her degree. (HuffPostLive 7/24/2014)

    Veronica Roth
    Via divergentlife.com
  5. 5. Can you name this writer?

    Gillian Flynn
    Gillian Flynn

    (Author of GONE GIRL)

    E.L. James
    E.L. James

    (Author of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY)

    Donna Tartt
    Donna Tartt

    (Author of THE GOLDFINCH)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    E.L. James

    James started out writing erotic fan fiction online involving Twilight characters Bella and Edward. The erotic stories got popular and led to 50 Shades. (Time Magazine, Feb. 6, 2015)

    E.L. James
    Via socialitelife.com
  6. 6. Can you identify this author?

    Carson McCullers
    Carson McCullers

    (Author of THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER)

    Flannery O'Connor
    Flannery O'Connor

    (Author of A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND)

    Ayn Rand
    Ayn Rand

    (Author of ATLAS SHRUGGED)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Carson McCullers

    Carson McCullers said: "I realized that Daddy would not be able to send me to Julliard or any other great school. I know my Daddy was embarrassed about this, and loving him as I did, I quietly put away all my thoughts of a music career, and told him I had switched 'Professions', and was going to be a writer." Also she said, "I wasn't downright homely, but I was no beauty no matter how Mother fussed over me." (From Illumination And Night Glare: The Unfinished Autobiography Of Carson Mccullers)

    Carson McCullers
  7. 7. Which writer is this?

    Gabriel García Márquez
    Gabriel García Márquez

    (Author of LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA)

    Jorge Luis Borges
    Jorge Luis Borges

    (Author of THE LIBRARY OF BABEL)

    Pablo Neruda
    Pablo Neruda

    (Author of CANTO GENERAL)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Gabriel García Márquez

    Marquez’s timeless classic ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE has been published in more than 25 languages and has sold over 50 million copies. He's considered the founding father of Magical Realism.

    Gabriel García Márquez
    Via pakistantribe.com
  8. 8. Who is this writer?

    Frederick Douglass
    Frederick Douglass

    (Author of MY BONDAGE AND MY FREEDOM)

    Honoré de Balzac
    Honoré de Balzac

    (Author of PÉRE GORIOT)

    Alexandre Dumas
    Alexandre Dumas

    (Author of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Alexandre Dumas

    Alexandre Dumas took his last name from his grandmother who was a former Hatian slave. He joined Napoleon's army and rose to the rank of general at the age of 31. With earnings from his novels, he built the Château de Monte Cristo in Port Marly, Yvelines, France which is now a museum. (Biography.com)

    Alexandre Dumas
  9. 9. Who is this author?

    Ezra Jack Keats
    Ezra Jack Keats

    (Author of THE SNOWY DAY)

    Maurice Sendak
    Maurice Sendak

    (Author of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE)

    Shel Silverstein
    Shel Silverstein

    (Author of THE GIVING TREE)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Ezra Jack Keats

    Ezra Jack Keats illustrated over 85 books, plus wrote and illustrated 22 children’s classics. THE SNOWY DAY main character is African-American, and Keats said he was not setting out to make a statement about race. It just so happened that a newspaper article he read about a young black child inspired his character. (NPR Books, Jan 28, 2012)

    Ezra Jack Keats
    Via npr.org
  10. 10. Can you identify this writer?

    Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott

    (Author of LITTLE WOMEN)

    Jane Austen
    Jane Austen

    (Author of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE)

    Emily Brontë
    Emily Brontë

    (Author of WUTHERING HEIGHTS)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Louisa May Alcott

    The success of LITTLE WOMEN gave Louisa May Alcott lifelong financial independence. She modeled the character "Jo" after herself in both looks and temperament. (Biography.com)

    Louisa May Alcott
    Via alcottfilm.com
  11. 11. Can you name this author?

    J.G. Ballard
    J.G. Ballard

    (Author of EMPIRE OF THE SUN)

    Amy Tan
    Amy Tan

    (Author of THE JOY LUCK CLUB)

    Pearl S. Buck
    Pearl S. Buck

    (Author of THE GOOD EARTH)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Amy Tan

    Amy Tan said, "When I was six or seven, I used to read a thesaurus searching for the words that meant exactly what I felt. When I had a feeling like sadness, I couldn’t find a word that meant everything that I felt inside of me." (The Atlantic, Dec. 10, 2013)

    Amy Tan
    Via bohemian.com
  12. 12. Who is this author?

    Yann Martel
    Yann Martel

    (Author of LIFE OF PI)

    V.S. Naipaul
    V.S. Naipaul

    (Author of IN A FREE STATE)

    Khaled Hosseini
    Khaled Hosseini

    (Author of THE KITE RUNNER)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    V.S. Naipaul

    V.S. Naipaul on his career: "I wanted to be very famous. I also wanted to be a writer—to be famous for writing. The absurdity about the ambition was that at the time I had no idea what I was going to write about. The ambition came long before the material. I wanted to be a writer by the age of ten." (The Paris Review: V. S. Naipaul, The Art of Fiction No. 154)

    V.S. Naipaul
    Via theguardian.com
  13. 13. What's the name of this writer?

    James Baldwin
    James Baldwin

    (Author of GIOVANNI'S ROOM)

    Alan Paton
    Alan Paton

    (Author of CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY)

    Chinua Achebe
    Chinua Achebe

    (Author of THINGS FALL APART)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    James Baldwin

    Baldwin said, “I was not born to be what someone said I was. I was not born to be defined by someone else, but by myself, and myself only.” (From James Baldwin: The Last Interview and other Conversations) At a time when major publishers wouldn't consider taking on a book about homosexuality, Baldwin wrote his second novel, GIOVANNI'S ROOM, about a love affair between two white men.

    James Baldwin
    Via huffingtonpost.com

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