by findingDulcinea Staff
In 2000 Kingsolver received the United States National Humanities Medal, the nation's highest honor for service through the arts. This award represents Kingsolver’s impressive ouevre of novels, poetry, and essays.
The author completed her first novel, The Bean Trees, in 1986 just before the birth of her first daughter, Camille. HarperCollins published the novel the following year with a modest first printing. Widespread critical acclaim and word-of-mouth support have kept the book continuously in print since then. The Bean Trees has been adopted into the core curriculum of high school and college literature classes across the country, and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Kingsolver has maintained her literary success with bestsellers: The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Prodigal Summer. Kingsolver’s graduate degree in evolutionary biology and interest in local and organic foods resulted in her most recent piece of nonfiction, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.