Joan Lowery Nixon
Joan Lowery Nixon
|Born||February 3, 1927|
Los Angeles, California, US
|Died||June 28, 2003 (aged 76)|
|Genre||Young adult fiction|
Joan Lowery was born on February 3, 1927 in Los Angeles, California. In 1947, she received a degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. At USC, she met her husband, Hershell, a United States Navy officer and a geologist. At USC she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She taught school in Los Angeles before starting her family. In 1964 her first book for children, The Mystery of Hurricane Castle, was published. Her son, Joe Nixon, is a Houston lawyer, who was from 1995 to 2007 a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 133 in Houston. Nixon, her husband, and their children lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, before finally settling in the Memorial and Tanglewood area of Houston, Texas. She died of pancreatic cancer in Houston on June 28, 2003.
Nixon was the only author to win four Edgar Allan Poe Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, and had five additional nominations. She won the California Young Reader Medal of the California Library Association twice. She also won the Western Writers of America's Golden Spur Award twice, and received the Texas Institute of Letters Award. Her book Land of Hope is used in some middle schools.
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