27 Facts About Barbara Kingsolver


Barbara Kingsolver was born on April 8,1955 and is a Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist, essayist and poet.


Barbara Kingsolver was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood.


Barbara Kingsolver's widely known works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non-fiction account of her family's attempts to eat locally.


In 2000, Barbara Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support "literature of social change".


Barbara Kingsolver was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1955 and grew up in Carlisle, Kentucky.


When Barbara Kingsolver was seven years old, her father, a physician, took the family to Leopoldville, Congo.


Barbara Kingsolver's parents worked in a public health capacity, and the family lived without electricity or running water.


Barbara Kingsolver was involved in activism on her campus, and took part in protests against the Vietnam war.


Barbara Kingsolver graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science in 1977, and moved to France for a year before settling in Tucson, Arizona, where she lived for much of the next two decades.


Barbara Kingsolver began her full-time writing career in the mid-1980s as a science writer for the university, which eventually led to some freelance feature writing, including many cover stories for the local alternative weekly, the Tucson Weekly.


Barbara Kingsolver began her career in fiction writing after winning a short story contest in a local Phoenix newspaper.


Barbara Kingsolver moved with her daughter to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for a year during the first Gulf War, mostly due to frustration over America's military involvement.


In 1994 Barbara Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, DePauw University.


In 2004, Barbara Kingsolver moved with her family to a farm in Washington County, Virginia.


Barbara Kingsolver played the keyboard, but is no longer an active member of the band.


Barbara Kingsolver has said that friends in the urban literary community disparage rural areas such as Appalachia, but that the COVID-19 pandemic might change these types of opinions as people move away from cities to practice social distancing longterm.


Barbara Kingsolver's latest book, published in 2022, is Demon Copperhead, which is a modern retelling of David Copperfield.


Barbara Kingsolver has been published as a science journalist in periodicals such as Economic Botany on topics such as desert plants and bioresources.


Barbara Kingsolver has written novels in both the first person and third person narrative styles, and she frequently employs overlapping narratives.


Barbara Kingsolver often writes about places and situations with which she is familiar; many of her stories are based in places she has lived in, such as central Africa and Arizona.


Barbara Kingsolver has stated emphatically that her novels are not autobiographical, although there are often commonalities between her life and her work.


Barbara Kingsolver's work is often strongly idealistic and her writing has been called a form of activism.


Barbara Kingsolver's characters are frequently written around struggles for social equality, such as the hardships faced by undocumented immigrants, the working poor, and single mothers.


Barbara Kingsolver has been said to use prose and engaging narratives to make historical events, such as the Congo's struggles for independence, more interesting and engaging for the average reader.


Barbara Kingsolver has stated that she wanted to create a literary prize to "encourage writers, publishers, and readers to consider how fiction engages visions of social change and human justice".


Every book that Barbara Kingsolver has written since 1993's Pigs in Heaven has been on The New York Times Best Seller list, and her novel The Poisonwood Bible was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection.


Barbara Kingsolver is the first ever recipient of the newly named award to celebrate the US diplomat who played an instrumental role in negotiating the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995.