On April 19, E. L. Konigsburg died at 83. She was the author of many quirky and esteemed children’s books, including the Newbery award-winning From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Its runner-up was her first book, Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. Many children in her books are precocious, like the academic bowl competitors of The View from Saturday, or last-ditch clever, like Branwell and Connor communicating in code in Silent to the Bone.
A May 1 letter to the editor in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also details Konigsburg’s ties to Pittsburgh, which include studying at what is now Carnegie Mellon and speaking at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Note: The letter writer mentions the Nesbitt Room, which is now defunct. Some materials are located in the Hillman Library.
For more authors with a connection to Pittsburgh, check out our collection of books by local authors, located in the Children’s Department.