Saturday, May 16, 2009

Weekly Geeks - Local Authors

This week, take us on a literary tour of your hometown! Do you live in a place where a famous author was born? Does your town have any cool literary museums or monuments? Does Stephen King live at the end of your street? Was Twilight set in your hometown? Share your fun literary facts about the town or area where you live. You can talk about famous (or not so famous) authors who live there, novels that have been set in your area, or any other literary facts that you know about where you live. Feel free to embellish with pictures of places and/or authors, maps of the area, and fun facts about the authors. As usual, feel free to personalize this. Don’t like your hometown? Pick another! Do you live in a literary wasteland? Feel free to expand and discuss a region. Feel like returning to a place you lived 20 years ago? Go for it!

In my area of Bucks County there are two authors that I can think of that lived in the area. They are no longer living but we have there books, houses and building named after them to remember them by.

First Author is Pearl S. Buck author of The Good Earth which is a book I started and never finish. Not because it is bad just the opposite actually. I just was reading it when I made trips to the book store and I lost my place. It's been a while since i went back to it so I don't think I could find where I left off. If you would like to see a picture of the farm she lived on go here it also has a biography and can tell you more about her.

The second author is James Michener I guess his best known novel would be Hawaii? He known for doing epic novels. Wikipedia has a list of his novels here. We have a Museum named after him. I have yet to read one of his books my husband has though.

I don't know of any books based in Bucks County but I know of a movie Signs with Mel Gibson. It's not a good one I know but you get the idea of what the area looks like because they filmed it in the area.


Maree said...

I've read a couple of James Michener's books, and The Source is one of my favourites.
Happy Weekly Geeks :)

gautami tripathy said...

The Good Earth is a great book. I think I ought to re-read it. Thanks for this post!

WG: Salman Rushdie

Kerrie said...

I read both of those authors when I was younger.

Kristen said...

Sadly, I've not read anything by these authors (I've been meaning to read Pearl S. Buck though) - I'm loving these literary tours!

Serena said...

I have heard great things about The Good Earth...Thanks for sharing these tidbits

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Haven't read for these authors.. and extra cool for having a movie in location in your hometown :)