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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Diane Ackerman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD Fiction Poetry

Born: October 7, 1948 in Waukegan, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Ackerman was born and raised in Waukegan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Diane Ackerman, born Diane Fink, is an author, poet, and naturalist. Her writing style, can best be described as a blend of poetry, colloquial history, and easy-reading science. She has taught at various universities, including Columbia and Cornell, and her essays regularly appear in distinguished popular and literary journals. She currently resides in Ithaca, New York.

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Titles At Your Library


-- """The Human Age""" *New York Times Bestseller *P.E.N. Henry David Thoreau Award """One Hundred Names for Love""" *Finalist, Pulitzer Prize *Finalist, National Book Circle Critics Award """ The Zookeeper's Wife""" *New York Times Bestseller *Orion Book Award, 2008