April 8, 1955 -
Esteemed author, Barbara Kingsolver was born in rural Kentucky in 1955. Graduating with a degree in biology from DePauw University and the University of Arizona, she went on to become a nature-writer. Throughout her life, she has lived in several different countries such as England, France, Europe, and Africa. While cultivating her writing techniques, Ms. Kingsolver debuted her talents in her first book: The Bean Trees
(1998). Also known for her more famous literature: The Poisonwood Bible (1998) and A Prodigal Summer (2000), she was named as: “One of the most important writers of the 20th Century by Writer’s Digest”.
"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws."
"Memory is a complicated thing, relative to truth, but not it's twin."
- "The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff that the one who stays away."
- She began her college education studying music on a classical piano scholarship.
- Though music ceased to be her vocation, she stayed involved in it and would ultimately help to form the Rock Bottom Remainders, a writerly super-group that has variously featured Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, and James McBride.
- She has claimed that she “never wanted to be famous..." and still doesn't. She goes on to say that "the universe rewarded [her] with what [she] dreaded most.
- Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike (1989)
- The Poisonwood Bible (1998)
- Prodigal Summer (2000)
- Small Wonder (2002)
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2007)
- The Lacuna (2009)
- Flight Behavior: A Novel (2012)
- Unsheltered (2018)
- In 2000, she won the Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Fiction for The Poisonwood Bible.
- In 2008, she won both the James Beard Award for writing (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle) and the Indies Choice Award for Adult Non-Fiction (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle).
- In 2010, she won the Women's Prize for Fiction for The Lacuna.