The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman
Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge
Pullman plays an electric Fender guitar (source).
Pullman taught middle school students before making it as a big-time author (source).
Pullman is rumored to be working on a companion to the <em>His Dark Materials</em> books called <em>The Book of Dust</em> (source).
When his stepfather was cremated, Pullman and his siblings loaded his stepfather's ashes into fireworks and lit them off as a final farewell (source). We think that's pretty cool.