Sunday, April 08, 2012

Trivial Sunday- A Authors

This week's edition of Trivia Sunday looks at authors whose last names start with A. They come first alphabetically and therefore are the best. Just like aardvarks are the best animals. Ever.

Here's the list I came up with:
1. Margaret Atwood
2. Martin Amis
3. Jane Austen
4. Jean M. Auel
5. Hans Christian Andersen
6. Maya Angelou
7. Mitch Albom
8. Sherman Alexie
9. Louisa May Alcott
10. Isaac Asimov
11. Douglas Adams
12. V.C. Andrews

As always, feel free to answer all at home, but please answer only one in the comment section below so that 9 others will have a chance to play along:

1. Name three more authors not listed above whose last names start with A.

2. Match the list above with their photos below (click on the image for an enlarged view):

3. In March of '09, 3 authors above, from Chile, Canada, and the U.S. (Seattle), were part of a four person panel (along with Alice Walker), on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss the meaning of democracy. Who were they?

4. Of the 12 authors above, which 3 had books among the 100 Most Challenged Books (U.S.) for the decade spanning 2000-2009? Bonus points if you can name the books.

5. Put these 3 authors in order of birthdate (earliest first): Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Andersen

6. Movies based on books or stories of 3 of the authors above have won Oscars. Which authors? Bonus points for naming the movies.

7. Which 2 authors above have at one time been members of the rock and roll band Rock Bottom Remainders alongside Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan and other famous authors?

8. From worst to best, order these books by their sales rank (paperback editions): V.C. Andrews (Flowers in the Attic), Jean M. Auel (Clan of the Cave Bear), Douglas Adams (A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and Mitch Albom (Tuesdays With Morrie)

9. Which author above is the son of another famous author?

10. Which author above died in 1986, though books continue to be published under his or her name today? Bonus points for identifying the ghost writer behind them.


Kate said...

9. Martin Amis, son of Kingsley Amis

gypsysmom said...

#1 Just going from books on my bookshelf I came up with the following:
Rosemary Aubert, author of the Ellis Portal mysteries
Peter Ackroyd, author of The Lambs of London
Kelley Armstrong, Canadian fantasy writer

John Mutford said...

Kate: That's right-- though I've read neither of these authors.

Gypsysmom: While I haven't heard of the first 2, I'm pretty disappointed in myself for missing Kelley Armstrong.

Paronomaniac said...

#10 - That would be V.C. Andrews (though I don't know the current writer of the series without looking it up and I don't feel like that's playing fair!)

raidergirl3 said...

#6. Movies based on books or stories of 2 of the authors above have won Oscars. Which authors? Bonus points for naming the movies.

Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility won an Oscar for Emma Thompson.

Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) won an Oscar for writing. I thought it might be the more recent version, but it was the older movie.

I had to look that up. There is probably another one, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't the Flowers in the Attic movie.

John Mutford said...

Paronomaniac: It was V.C. Andrews, and I wouldn't have known the ghost writer's name without looking up either. I can tell you that it's a man and he's written more under the V.C. Andrews name that the real V.C. Andrews.

Raidergirl: Well, that's what I get for shoddy fact checking I guess. I had looked at the Winona version and saw that while it was nominated, didn't win any Oscars. I forgot to check for older versions. So, now I've changed the question. There are actually 3 authors...

John Mutford said...

Ooops! I should have added Angie Abdou to the list of A authors.