These writers wrote their last chapters in 2010. Leave a comment with the # and writer’s name. Each one worth 10 points. You have until noon on Friday to submit your answers. Be the first to get on the Leaderboard!
A few rules…No cheating. No googling or looking at other commenter answers. Yes, we’re going by the honor system…Your first answers will be the only ones accepted…Have fun!
1. This British born mystery writer often set his crime novels in the horse racing world, a world he was comfortable with because of his time as a jockey. Dick Francis (2-14-10)
2. Holden Caulfield became the face of teen angst and this reclusive author became a legend. J.D. Salinger (1-27-10)
3. This American novelist wrote women’s fiction, including the Werner family sagas. Belva Plain (10-12-10)
4. After creating some iconic television (Rockford Files, A-Team, etc.), he turned to novels, writing 14 before his death. He had a successful writing career despite suffering from dyslexia. Stephen Cannell (9-30-10)
5. This Portuguese novelist won the Nobel for Literature in 1998. His last book, Caim (or Cain), was published in 2009, but I always think of him as the man who wrote a story about a mass epidemic of blindness. Jose Saramago (6-18-10)
6. He wrote this novel and screenplay about love and how it means never having to say you’re sorry. Erich Segal (1-17-10)
7. He wrote lots of books about his activist views, but is most popular for People’s History of the United States . Howard Zinn (1-27-10)
8. This comic book writer was a Clevelander who is perhaps most famous for the American Splendor comic series. He is buried in a Cleveland cemetery next to Eliot Ness. Harvey Pekar (7-12-10)
9. This crime writer wrote the popular Spenser series, also made into a popular 1980’s tv show. Robert P Parker (1-18-10)
10. Although a politician’s wife she wrote two very personal books discussing her bouts with cancer. Elizabeth Edwards (12-7-10)
Here’s how to play…Identify the author and leave a comment with the # and the name and I’ll cross it off the list. No Googling, that’s cheating and no fun! These authors wrote their final chapters in 2009. If you are the first one to get it right it will earn you an extra entry for Beautiful Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (details here).
1. This Pulitzer Prize winner is best known for his Rabbit series. John Updike, 1/27/09 (Susan)
2. This epic fantasy novelist took us to Belgariad and Malloreon. David Eddings, 6/2/09 (Strangelove)
3. This children and young adult author won the Newbery Medal in the late 1980’s. My favorite was about a girl named Trissy. Norma Fox Mazer, 10/17/09 (Em)
4. This science fiction writer’s young life was best represented in his autobiographical novel (and later a movie starring a young Christian Bale) set in Shanghai where he was born in the International settlement and interred during World War II. JG Ballard, 4/19/09 (Strangelove)
5. This Florida writer was best known for her Suspicion series. Barbara Parker, 3/7/09 (Kay)
6. This gay African-American man authored 10 consecutive New York Times bestsellers. E Lynn Harris, 7/23/09 (CeeCee)
7. A long time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and a contributor to On Language in the New York Times magazine. William Safire, 7/23/09 (Hannah)
8. The 1977 feminist novel The Women’s Room is perhaps her best known work. Marilyn French, 5/2/09 (Strangelove)
9. Although best know as a politician from a very political family his memoir was published after his death. Ted Kennedy, 8/25/09 (Debbie)
10. He became a regular contributor to Vanity Fair after his daughter was murdered. He hosted his own tv series on Court tv (truTV) about justice and celebrities. Dominick Dunne, 8/26/09 (Debbie)
11. This Canadian author wrote a series of archaeological mystery novels, one of which I read last year because it began with an X. Lyn Hamilton, 9/10/09 (Jenners)
12. He wrote the screenplays for some of the best movies of the 1980’s. Does Sixteen Candles or Planes, Trains, and Automobiles ring a bell? John Hughes, 8/6/09 (Stranglove)
13. This English model and photographer also wrote more than a dozen glitzy romance novels. Pat Booth, (Sarah E)
14. This conservative columnist, journalist, and author died of brain cancer. Robert Novak, 8-18-09 (jb)
15. Best known as an actor and dancer, he wrote this memoir with his wife before losing his battle with cancer. Patrick Swayze, 9/14/09 (Debbie)
I have a subscription to Writer’s Digest and occasionally read the magazine within the month I receive it. There is lots of good stuff in there (how’s that for descriptive?) and not just for writers. One of the bright spots for me is the hilarious Kevin Alexander column called This Writer’s Life. The good news is that you don’t have to read the magazine to enjoy his writing. He has a blog
and you can check him out for yourself. I think he will make you laugh even if you are not an aspiring author. I’ll be adding him to my blogroll.