Book & Author Spotlights

Annie Proulx
Louis Sachar

ADULTS:  ANNIE PROULX

Edna Ann Proulx (born August 22, 1935) is an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. She has written most frequently as Annie Proulx but has also used the names E. Annie Proulx and E.A. Proulx.  She won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, Postcards. Her second novel, The Shipping News (1993), won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was adapted as a 2001 film of the same name. Her short story "Brokeback Mountain" was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture released in 2005.

Proulx studied at the University of Vermont, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. degree in History in 1969. She earned her M.A. degree from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in Montreal, Quebec in 1973 and pursued, but did not complete, a Ph.D. In 1999, Concordia awarded her an honorary doctorate.

Starting as a journalist, her first published work of fiction is thought to be "The Customs Lounge", a science fiction story published in the September 1963 issue of If.  Stories were published in teen magazine Seventeen in June 1964, Esquire magazine and Gray's Sporting Journal in the late 1970s; she eventually published her first collection in 1988 and her first novel in 1992.

Proulx has received many awards for her works: NEA (in 1992) and Guggenheim (in 1993) fellowships, Dos Passos Prize in 1977. Proulx has twice won the O. Henry Prize for the year's best short story. In 1998, she won for "Brokeback Mountain", which had appeared in The New Yorker on October 13, 1997. Proulx won again the following year for "The Mud Below," which appeared in The New Yorker June 22 and 29, 1999.

Proulx lived for more than 30 years in Vermont. In 1994, she moved to Saratoga, Wyoming, spending part of the year in northern Newfoundland on a small cove adjacent to L'Anse aux Meadows. Proulx now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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CHILDREN:  LOUIS SACHAR

  

Louis Sachar (born March 20, 1954) is an American writer of children's books. He is best known for the Wayside School series and Holes, which won the 1998 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the 1999 Newbery Medal for the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children".  In 2012 it was ranked number six among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal.

Sachar attended Antioch College for a semester before transferring to University of California, Berkeley, during which time he began helping at an elementary school in return for college credit.

He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1976 with a degree in Economics, and began working on Sideways Stories From Wayside School, a children's book set at an elementary school with supernatural elements. Sachar decided to go to law school, around the time Sideways Stories From Wayside School was accepted for publication. The book was released in 1978; though it was not widely distributed and subsequently did not sell very well, Sachar began to accumulate a fan base among young readers.

Sachar graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1980 and did part-time legal work while continuing to write children's books. By 1989, his books were selling well enough that he was able to begin writing full-time.  He married Carla Askew, an elementary school counselor, in 1985. They live in Austin, Texas, and have a daughter, Sherre.  In April 18, 2003, the Walt Disney film adaption for Holes was released, which earned $71.4 million worldwide. In November 19, 2005, the Wayside School series was adapted into an episode, two years later becoming a successful show with two seasons.

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