Alice Waters, Terry Pratchett, and Harper Lee have (at least) one thing in common: they were all born on April 28! (I could also say how they’re all writers and internationally known and homo sapiens, but that’s not really the point of this blog post.) So, in honor of Alice, Terry, Harper, and their like-birthday fellows, here’s a brief look at some of the beloved authors born on this historic date.
Today Nelle Harper Lee turns 88 years old. She is an American novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1961 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which has become a classic book and a favorite of many, despite the frequency with which it has been banned in schools and libraries.
Lois Duncan is an American author of over 40 books, most for children and young adults, and was awarded the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award, which is given to an author who has mad a “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” Two of her better-known books are I Know What You Did Last Summer and Hotel for Dogs.
Alice Waters is an American chef and author as well as world-renowned food activist. She has written and co-written twelve books on food and cooking including 40 Years of Chez Panisse, The Art of Simple Food, and The Edible Schoolyard. Today she turns 70.
Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett, OBE is one of the leading fantasy writers in the world, averaging two new books per year. He has sold over 85 million books worldwide in over three dozen languages. Even cooler, he was knighted for “services to literature,” which is pretty much the dream. His comic fantasy books include the bestselling Discworld series, children’s and young adult titles, and multiple collaborations such as Good Omens (co-authored with Neil Gaiman).
The Savage Detectives), Nocturno de Chile (By Night in Chile), and 2666, the last of which was published posthumously. The New York Times has called him “the most significant Latin American literary voice of his generation.” He passed away in 2003 after a time of declining health due to liver failure. Today he would have been 61 years old.
Ian Rankin, OBE, DL is an internationally bestselling Scottish crime novelist best known for his Inspector Rebus novels, which are considered a significant contribution to the Tartan Noire genre. Rankin has been the recipient of an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. Today is his 54th birthday.
So happy April 28th, everyone! Go out, spread the birthday love, and read a book to celebrate. Who knew one date could bring so much literary joy?