- Which author once ran for mayor of Oakland California in 1901 under the Social Party ticket?
- Who is the only author to win the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year?
- Which author’s father left his family under the pretense of going out to buy a pack of cigarettes?
- True or False: The Theban plays, Oedipus Tyrannus, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone are a trilogy written by Sophocles.
Which Irish writer and poet lived and traveled with his future wife for almost thirty years before actually marrying her?
James Joyce and his chambermaid Nora Barnacle began their relationship in 1907 but did not marry until 1931.
Which American short story writer was convicted and imprisoned for embezzlement?
O. Henry was convicted and imprisoned for embezzlement. During his time in prison in Columbus, Ohio, he began to write his short stories for which he became famous.
Which Canadian writer was abandoned as a child?
Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, lost her mother at two years old and was abandoned by her father because he wanted to remarry and begin a new family. Montgomery’s books are based on her own life as an orphan living on Prince Edward Island.
Which writer was once a freight train hopping hobo, arrested for vagrancy in Niagara Falls?
In addition to a stint as a hobo, Jack London was also a seaman before educating himself and attending University of California at Berkley.