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Apr 19, 2015 5:42 PM

NH1 Top 5: Our favorite writers who live(d) in NH


Did you know the Granite State is home to a number of award winning writers?

NH1.com takes a look at which writers round out our five favorite of all-time.

5) Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is most famous for his self-illustrated children's book "Strega Nona." According to his website, he has published over 250 children's books and was the recipient of the annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 2011. He lives in New London with his dog, Bronte.

4) Dan Brown

Dan Brown was born in Exeter and attended the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy before graduating with a degree from Amherst College in 1986. Brown is the author of "Angels and Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code." Both have been made into major motion pictures.

3) Jodi Picoult

Picoult is best-known for her adventurous young-adult novels that have sold millions of copies. Picoult's most recent novel entitled "Leaving Time" was named the New York Times bestseller on Oct. 26, 2014, according to JodiPicoult.com. Picoult resides in Hanover with her family and pets.

2) John Irving

Like Dan Brown, John Irving was also born in Exeter and attended Phillips Exeter Academy before attending the University of New Hampshire before finishing his degree at the University of Iowa. According to his website, his 1980 novel "The World According to Garp" won the National Book Award for that year and was an international bestseller. Irving also won an Oscar in 2000 for "The Cider House Rules," which was adapted into a film by Lasse Hallstrom. A former competitive wrestler and coach, Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla., in 1992.

1) J.D. Salinger

If you haven't read it, odds are you've at least heard of "The Catcher in the Rye" by a guy named J.D. Salinger. According to biography.com, two years after publishing the world-famous novel he moved to Cornish where he spent the rest of his life until his death in 2010. Maybe it was to live in recluse, but then again who wouldn't want to spend the rest of their time in the beautiful slice of the United States that is the Granite State?


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