VIRGINIA SORENSEN (1912-1991) was born in Utah. Her great-grandfathers came to Utah in covered wagons on Brigham Young's great trek of 1846, and it was their stories that influenced her early novels of the American West. Ms. Sorensen traveled extensively, and all of her books are set in places where she lived.
Children's book illustrator Beth Krush was born in Washington. She graduated from what is now the University of the Arts in 1939. She illustrated books both with and without her husband Joe Krush. They are best known for their work on the American edition of the five-book series The Borrowers by Mary Norton. In 1980, they received the Drexel Citation, which is given each year to a regional children's book author or illustrator. She also illustrated The Shoe Bird by Eudora Welty. She taught at Moore College of Art for 22 years. She died from complications following a stroke on February 2, 2009 at the age of 90.