The Doerr Library is celebrating two amazing authors this month: Rainbow Rowell and Benjamin Alire Saenz. Both are keen observers of human nature.
Rainbow Rowell began her writing career as a columnist with the Omaha World Herald, her hometown paper in Nebraska. In 2012 she published her first YA novel. Her second novel entitled Eleanor & Park went on to receive critical acclaim by Good Reads, Amazon and The New York Times. With five novels under her belt and a motion picture deal in the works, Rowell is an author to read and watch!
Benjamin Alire Saenz is a poet and novelist from New Mexico. In an interview, Saenz said that he spent his childhood transfixed on the heavens. His education allowed him to travel the world but today he calls Texas his home. In 2013 he became the first Latino to receive the PEN/Faulkner award for Fiction and in 2014 he was awarded the Printz Honor for his YA novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Saenz is an English and Creative Writing teacher at the University of Texas at El Paso. Tender and thoughtful are the words that best describe Saenz's storytelling.