August 24

What do Paulo Coelho, James Tiptree Jr. and Orson Scott Card all have in common? In addition to being award winning novelists - today, August 24, is their birthday!

Learn more about these and other authors using the database Literature Resource Center, available from home with your library card!

James Tiptree, Jr

  • Born on August 24, 1915 James Tiptree, Jr, was the pen name of American science fiction author Alice Bradley Sheldon. For nearly 10 years, literary critics and fellow authors challenged that Tiptree could not be the pseudonym for a woman. Today, an award is named in her honor for challenging established gender roles and stereotypes.

Paulo Coelho

  • Born on August 24, 1947 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, Paulo Coelho wanted to be a writer since he was a teenager. His work, The Alchemist, has been translated into over 65 languages and is currently winning the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.

Orson Scott Card

  • Born on August 24, 1951, Orson Scott Card is a Hugo and Nebula awarding winning novelist and English professor. The author of one of my favorite books of all time, Ender's Game. In any of Card's many science fiction series, the main characters are what drives the story, pitted against a world in which they strive to make a difference navigating the treacherous path between right and wrong.
Written by Tara on August 23, 2010

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