• Terence Davies
    Terence Davies was a highly acclaimed British screenwriter, film director, and novelist best known for writing and directing autobiographical films such as, Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The Long Day Closes (1992) and the collage film Of Time and the City (2008). He was widely regarded by critics as one of the greatest British directors of his generation. Davies' career began in the late 1970s with a series of short films that showcased his unique visual style and exploration of themes suc...  more
  • Robert Patrick
    Robert Patrick born Robert Patrick O'Connor was an American playwright, poet, lyricist, short story writer, and novelist best known for his significant contributions he made to the fields of theater, poetry, fiction, and songwriting. Patrick is best known for his work as a playwright, having written over 60 plays and over 300 production throughout his career. His plays, which often dealt with themes of sexuality, politics, and social justice, were groundbreaking for their time and helped pave th...  more
  • Rachel Grace Pollack
    Rachel Grace Pollack was an American science fiction author, comic book writer, and expert on divinatory tarot best known for her groundbreaking work in the field of divinatory tarot, where she was widely regarded as one of the foremost experts and innovators. She authored several influential books on the subject, including "Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom" and "The New Tarot Handbook," which helped to popularize tarot as a tool for personal growth and spiritual insight. She is also credited for...  more
  • Meir Shalev
    Meir Shalev was a celebrated Israeli writer and newspaper columnist best known for his novels, which often explore the complexities of Israeli society and the human condition. Some of his most famous works include "A Pigeon and a Boy," "Esau," and "The Blue Mountain," all of which have been translated into 26 languages and received critical acclaim both in Israel and abroad. He began his career by presenting ironic features on television and radio and in 1988 his first novel The Blue Mountain wa...  more
  • Anne Perry
    Anne Perry born Juliet Marion Hulme was a British convicted murderer and writer best known for writing the Thomas Pitt and William Monk series of historical mysteries that sold more than 26 million copies. Her murderous past was publicly revealed and dramatized in a 1994 movie Heavenly Creatures. Before Perry became an established author she was convicted of the murder of her of friend Parker's mother, Honorah Rieper in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1954, at the age of fifteen, together with her ...  more
  • Donald Michael Thomas
    Donald Michael Thomas was an award winning British poet, translator, novelist, editor, biographer and playwright best known for work like Dreaming in Bronze which earned him a Cholmondeley Award. Thomas briefly served in the military from 1953 to 1955. After his discharge he attended New College, Oxford, where he graduated with First Class Honours in English in 1958. He then found work teaching at Teignmouth Grammar School before moving to lecturer English at Hereford College of Education in 1...  more
  • Dubravka Ugrešić
    Dubravka Ugrešić was a Yugoslav, Croatian and Dutch writer best known for her criticism of the nationalism and chauvinism that fractured her native Yugoslavia. Ugrešić attended University of Zagreb and majored in comparative literature and Russian language. After graduating she decided to pursue parallel careers as a scholar working at the university, at the Institute for Theory of Literature and as a writer. Dubravka Ugrešić published multiple novels and short story collections, her novel Stef...  more
  • John William Jakes
    John William Jakes was an American writer, best known for historical and speculative fiction. He was referred to as the godfather of historical fiction due to his bestselling books American Civil War trilogy, set during the American Revolution and Civil War period. Before Jakes became a bestselling novelist he started out selling stories to pulp magazines while still in college in the early 1950s. He studied creative writing at DePauw University, graduating in 1953. After graduating he had some...  more
  • Suzy McKee Charnas
    Suzy McKee Charnas was an award winning American feminist novelist and short story writer, writing primarily in the genres of science fiction and fantasy best known for the Holdfast Chronicles, a series about a dysfunctional world in which once-enslaved women conquer their former male masters to free themselves. Charnas received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College in economics and history and subsequently furthered her education at New York University, where she earned a master's degr...  more
  • Kenzaburō Ōe
    Kenzaburō Ōe was a Japanese writer and a major figure in contemporary Japanese literature who was regarded as one of Japan’s leading contemporary novelists and the second Japanese person to win the Nobel Prize in literature. Ōe studied French Literature at Tokyo University under the direction of Professor Kazuo Watanabe who was a specialist on François Rabelais. In 1957 whilst still in school, he began publishing stories citing contemporary writing in France and the United States as his influenc...  more
  • Ian Woodward Falconer
    Ian Woodward Falconer was an American author and illustrator of children's books, and a designer of sets and costumes for the theater who is best known as the Creator of Olivia, the Energetic Piglet a character in his Children's book that hit the best-seller list in 2000. Falconer studied art history at New York University for two years, then studied painting at the Parsons School of Design before switching to the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. The book Olivia was initially made as a Christ...  more
  • Donald Spoto
    Donald Spoto was an American biographer and theologian best best known for his books on Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and other high-profile entertainment figures. He also wrote about other subjects like Jesus and Joan of Arc. Spoto obtained a BA degree from Iona College in 1963 and his MA and PhD from Fordham University in 1966 and 1970, respectively. He began his career teaching theology, Christian mysticism, and Biblical literature at Fairfield University, at the College of New...  more