View Full Version : Favorite Authors Of All Time

05-09-2003, 02:38 PM
Not sure if this was discussed (I didn't see a topic similiar to this, and I am still getting used to the new board) but who are your favorite authors of all time.

05-09-2003, 04:54 PM
Earnest Gaines and Toni Morrison

05-09-2003, 05:33 PM
Neil Gaiman
Madeleine L'Engle
CS Lewis

I have deep love for nearly everything they've written. They consistently write/wrote stuff that speaks to me.

05-09-2003, 07:15 PM
toni morrison
zora neale hurston

05-09-2003, 07:34 PM
David McCullough (a historian--I will buy anything this man puts out, in a heartbeat)
Robert Massie (another historian)
Doris Kearns Goodwin (yet another historian )
Edmund Morris (and another historian :lol: )
Maya Angelou
Toni Morrison
Arundhati Roy

05-09-2003, 08:24 PM
Toni Morrison - I'm reading Beloved.....AGAIN!

05-09-2003, 08:55 PM
CS Lewis
Francine Rivers
John Grisham
Nicholas Sparks
Lynn Austin

I'm sure there's more... Just can't think of them right now...

05-09-2003, 09:08 PM
James Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston

05-10-2003, 02:41 AM
Originally posted by tran68@May 9 2003, 02:24 PM
Toni Morrison - I'm reading Beloved.....AGAIN!
I :pumpheart: Toni Morrison. She's a treasure isn't she?

Others: Stephen Baxter for hard sci-fi
Joy Harjo (Creek Indian) for poetry
Colson Whitehead (a brotha) for The Intuitionist
Stephen King for cheesy horror :P

05-11-2003, 07:19 AM
Originally posted by JSinChicago@May 9 2003, 01:33 PM

CS Lewis

:pumpheart: :pumpheart: :pumpheart:

I'm a big ole Narnia geek!

I also love

Tina McElroy Ansa
Toni Morrison
Alice Walker
Maya Angelou
Nikki Giovanni
John Grisham
Stephen King

05-11-2003, 11:18 AM
* Dr. Ivan van Sertima
* Yusef ben Jochannen (Dr. Ben)
* Amy Tan
* Ayi Kwei Armah (Two Thousand Seasons....i enjoyed that book)
* Chinua Achebe (Things Fall Apart)

that's just a few....i'm a book worm :P

ETA: Toni Cade Bambara (i forgot reading the Salt-Eaters and Gorilla, My Love in HS)

05-11-2003, 03:11 PM
Originally posted by tran68@May 9 2003, 04:24 PM
Toni Morrison - I'm reading Beloved.....AGAIN!
I still haven't gotten around to reading it the first time...I need to go in the closet and blow the dust off of that book and read it.

05-11-2003, 04:55 PM
Zora Neale Hurston
Walter Moseley
Octavia Butler
Tananarive Due


05-12-2003, 12:25 AM
James Baldwin
Frank Herbert (sci-fi)
Stephen King (horror)
J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy)
James Patterson (thriller/mystery)
Peter Straub (mystery)
Walter Mosley
E. Lynn Harris
Patricia Cornwell (mystery/thriller)
Bebe Moore Campbell
Michael Crichton (mystery/thriller/sci-fi)
C.S. Lewis (fantasy)


05-13-2003, 03:44 AM
Toni Morrison
F. Scott Fitzgerald
James Baldwin

05-16-2003, 12:31 PM
Robert Jordan
Octavia Butler
Margaret Bujold
Alice Walker
Neale Donald Walsh

05-19-2003, 04:00 AM
BeBe Moore Campbell
Gloria Naylor
James Patterson

05-25-2003, 02:47 AM
1. E. Lyn Harris
2. Bernice McFadden
3. Brian C. Egeston
4. Parry "Ebony Satin" Brown

05-28-2003, 04:37 AM
They include ...

Chinua Achebe
Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Others in no particular order
Buchi Emecheta
Toni Morrisson
Terri Mcmillan
Maya Angelou
Anne Rice (some of her stuff. Her works range from very good to pure and unadulterated cr@p!)
John Grisham
Thomas Hardy
D.H. Lawrence
Charles Dickens
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Mario Vargas Llosa
Jorge Amado
Amy Tan
John Grisham
Maryse Conde
Edwige Danticat
Maeve Binchy
Salman Rushdie
J.K. Rowling for giving the world "Harry Potter"

That's all I can think of as I'm sitting here.

06-02-2003, 12:24 AM
Eric Jerome Dickey
Mary Monroe
Mary Morrison
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Lolita Files

06-19-2003, 01:52 AM
These are my favorites although there are more

Jamaica Kinkaid
Edwina Danticut
Eric Jerome Dickey
RM Johnson
Diane McKinney Whetstone
Roslyn McMillan
Maya Angelou
Sonya Sanchez
J. California Cooper


06-20-2003, 09:13 AM
i go through stages but i like

anne rice (her prose is evocative, never lazy - never bogged down with cliches, i like that)
nora roberts (i like her narrative - most of her stories are fresh)
sandra brown (i like her general fiction fairly well researched)
george orwell ( he uses simple narrative to put across profound points)
robert ludlum (his characters may conform to a basic prototype - well educated white man in his mid to late thirties, usually miliatry or near to- but the stories are deftly researched and written. i've learnt alot about engaging the reader from his stories)

i have some others, but these are the writers i actively search for when i am in the library or in a book shop.

06-20-2003, 10:17 AM
Elechi Amadi
Wole Soyinka
Chinua Achebe
Ezekiel Mphahlele
Grace Ogot
Nadine Gordima
C.S. Lewis
Max Lucado
Sidney Sheldon
Enid Blyth
Michael Eric Dyson
Alice Walker
Zakes Mda
Ivan Vladislavic
Helon Habila
Ama Ata Aidoo

07-16-2003, 04:16 AM
I agree with what everyone else has said. (My nappturality sisters have VERY good taste :-) ). In addition to Toni, Earnest, Maryse, James, Alice and Edwidge, I like Junot Diaz, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Toure, Joyce Carol Oates (only her short stories),Gish Jen, and Kumunyakaa.

07-16-2003, 02:00 PM
Joan Morgan - Even though she's only written one book.

bell hooks - I'll always be a loyal reader of her work.

Jenoyne Adams - very introspective . . . plus she used to work for one of the oldest and largest black newspapers in Cali! :rainfro:

Eric Jerome Dickey

Toni Morrison

Jamaica Kincaid

Angela Davis

Elaine Brown - you have got to read "A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story." This woman is off the chain!

I'm sure I'll think of more later. :rainfro:

07-16-2003, 07:59 PM
Frantz Fanon, Wole Soyinka, Maryse Condé, Léopold Sédar Sengor's poems, André Brink, Alexandre Dumas, Stendhal, Emile Zola, Aimé Césaire, Amadou Hampaté Bâ, Cheikh Anta Diop, Camara Laye, Richard right, Alex Haley.

07-18-2003, 04:45 AM
My faves change every so often, but Eric Jerome Dickey has been my favorite for over 6 years. I also like Sistah Souljah, Octavia Butler, and I'm feeling Tananarive Due (right now)

07-20-2003, 05:47 AM
I like to try new authors, but so far I like Terri McMillan, Sheila Copeland, Michael Baisden, and Carl Weber