Author Birthdays

Author Birthdays: Norton Juster

For this June birthday, I’m picking Norton Juster. Why I picked him: The Phantom Tollbooth. I read it in elementary school, and it made a huge impression on me. Why? It’s funny. It’s a delicious bit of fantasy with a character that I think most people can easily identify with. Juster plays[…]

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Author Birthdays: Edna St. Vincent Millay

For this early spring 2022 edition, I chose Edna St. Vincent Millay. Why I picked her: You might be thinking, “Matteson, you’re a fantasy writer—what’s up with the poetry recommendation?” I’m guessing that it won’t surprise you to hear that I love words—I am a writer after all. And the thing I[…]

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Author Birthdays: Lloyd Alexander

For this January 2022 edition, I chose Lloyd Alexander. He was an American author (I always thought he was British!) who wrote 40+ books. He’s perhaps best known for his children’s and ya fantasy books. Why I picked him: The Chronicles of Prydain was the first fantasy series I read. Sure, I’d read[…]

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