Born in Los Angeles, novelist Jane Smiley holds a PhD from Iowa State University, where she taught until 1996. She is the author of
The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love and Good Will, A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, Moo, Horse Heaven, Good Faith, Ten Days in the Hills, and the young adult novel, The Georges and the Jewels, as well as many essays for such magazines as Vogue, The New Yorker, Practical Horseman, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Allure, The Nation and others. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Smiley lives in Northern California.
Person: Marguerite of Navarre
Place: Pike Place Market in Seattle
Thing: California license plate