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March 22 Writer Birthdays

March 22 Writer Birthdays


  • 1712 - Edward Moore, English dramatist and poet.

  • 1771 - Heinrich D Zschokke, German/Swiss author and reformer.

  • 1846 - Randolph Caldecott, British artist and illustrator; influential in children's book art; the Caldecott Medal is named for him.

  • 1901 - Gabrielle Roy, influential and critically acclaimed French-Canadian author.

  • 1908 - Louis L'Amour, novelist of the American West.

  • 1908 - Albrecht Goes, German poet, author, and theologian.

  • 1910 - Nicholas Montserrat, British author of sea stories inspired by his time the Royal Naval Reserve.

  • 1911 - Jack Popplewell, British author, playwright, songwriter, and rhubarb farmer.

  • 1922 - Stewart Stern, Emmy Award-winning American screenwriter, twice Oscar-nominated; best known for Rebel Without a Cause.

  • 1930 - Stephen Sondheim, Tony Award-winning American lyricist, best known for West Side Story.

  • 1931 - Igor Hajek, Czech writer, editor, and translator.

  • 1931 - William Shatner, actor, starship captain, and author of the TekWar series of science-fiction books.

  • 1931 - Leslie Thomas, major Welsh-born British author, journalist, and autobiographer.

  • 1941 - Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate.

  • 1946 - Rudy Rucker, American science-fiction author, mathematician, and computer scientist; one of the founders of cyberpunk fiction.

  • 1947 - James Patterson, popular author of adult thrillers and young-adult novels.

  • 1948 - Wolf Blitzer, German-born, U.S.-based journalist, author, and television news anchor who has also worked in Israel.


Stern - Rebel Without a CauseShatner - Star Trek MemoriesPatterson - Middle School, the Worst Years of My LifeSondheim - West Side Story

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March 21 Writer Birthdays

March 21 Writer Birthdays


  • 1893 - Geoffrey Dearmer, British poet whose works dealt with the brutality of war.

  • 1902 - William Downie Forrest, Scottish journalist, editor, and war correspondent.

  • 1905 - Phyllis McGinley, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author of children's books and poetry.

  • 1919 - Geoffrey Pinnington, British reporter and editor.

  • 1928 - Peter Hacks, German playwright, author, and essayist.

  • 1929 - Jules Bergman, broadcast writer and journalist; science editor for ABC News, he is most remembered for coverage of the U.S. space program.

  • 1934 - Ved Mehta, Hindu author and magazine writer who lost his eyesight as a child but went on to write novels, nonfiction, travel books, nonfiction books, and an autobiography.

  • 1935 - Hubert Fichte, German novelist.

  • 1936 - Margaret Mahy, New Zealand author of children's and young-adult fantasy books.

  • 1953 - David Wisniewski, Caldecott Medal-winning American children's author and illustrator.

  • 1981 - Lauren Kate, bestselling YA author.


Kate - FallenMahy - A Busy Day for a Good GrandmotherWisniewski - Golem

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March 20 Writer Birthdays

March 20 Writer Birthdays


  • 43 BC - Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovid, Ancient Roman poet, best known for the Metamorphoses.

  • 1828 - Henrik Willem Ibsen, Norwegian playwright and poet, considered the "Father of Realism."

  • 1845 - Lucy Myers Wright Mitchell, classical historian and archaeologist.

  • 1904 - B.F. Skinner, influential American psychologist and author.

  • 1907 - John Hugh MacLennan, Canadian author and professor.

  • 1908 - Kathryn Anderson McLean (pen name Kathryn Forbes), American memoirist and short-story writer.

  • 1917 - Kalervo Hemming Hortamo, Finnish poet and teacher.

  • 1922 - Carl Reiner, popular comedian, actor, director, and screenwriter.

  • 1923 - Marc Saporta, Istanbul-born French journalist, novelist, and literary critic.

  • 1928 - Fred Rogers, author, screenwriter, songwriter, and minister; iconic host of TV's Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

  • 1937 - Lois Lowry, multiple Newbery Award winner for her children's and YA books.

  • 1948 - Pamela Sargent, Nebula Award-winning science-fiction author, editor, and feminist.

  • 1954 - Louis Sachar, popular American children's and YA author.

  • 1955 - Nina Kiriki Hoffman, American fantasy, science-fiction, and horror author.

  • 1959 - Mary Roach, author of popular science books with a whimsical edge.

  • 1968 - A.J. Jacobs, American journalist and author.


Ovid - The Art of LoveSachar - HolesSargent - Women of WonderLowry - The Giver

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March 18 Writer Birthdays

March 18th, 2017 (10:27 am)

March 18 Writer Birthdays


  • 1842 - Stéphane Mallarmé, French symbolist poet.

  • 1892 - Robert P.T. Coffin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.

  • 1893 - Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, English poet, known for his shocking, realistic war poetry.

  • 1915 - Richard Condon, American novelist, known for political satire.

  • 1927 - George Plimpton, journalist best known for his sports writing and for the founding of The Paris Review.

  • 1929 - Christa Wolf, German literary critic, novelist, and essayist.

  • 1932 - John Updike, American writer who has won two Pulitzers.

  • 1945 - Joy Fielding, Canadian novelist and actress.

  • 1953 - Franz Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose father, James Wright, won in the same category.

  • 1959 - Luc Besson, French screenwriter, film director, and producer.



Plimpton - Paper LionMallarme
Updike - Rabbit Is RichFielding - The Deep End

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Maybe We're Related

March 17th, 2017 (09:24 pm)

As it turns out, St Patrick may have actually been Italian.

From the History Channel website:

http://www.history.com/news/st-patricks-day-myths-debunked



Buon giorno di San Patrizio!

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March 17 Writer Birthdays

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  • 1826 - Oscar Ferdinand Peschel, German geographer and anthropologist, most remembered for his book The Races of Man and Their Geographical Distribution (1876) which classifies humans into seven races.

  • 1832 - Moncure Daniel Conway, clergyman, abolitionist, scholar, author, and Thomas Paine biographer, known for his outspoken opposition to slavery.

  • 1846 - Kate Greenaway, author and illustrator of children's books.

  • 1894 - Paul Green, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright.

  • 1898 - Yokomitsu Riichi, experimental Japanese author of the New Sensation School.

  • 1917 - Arthur Basil Cottle, Welsh grammarian, historian, archaeologist, antiquarian, Medievalist, and reference book writer.

  • 1927 - Kenneth S. Goldstein, folklorist, and ethnomusicologist.

  • 1933 - Penelope Lively, Booker Prize-winning British author of fiction for children and adults.

  • 1947 - James Morrow, American science fiction, fantasy, and literary author whose fiction satirizes organized religion.

  • 1948 - William Gibson, American-Canadian speculative fiction author who coined the term "cyberpunk."

  • 1956 - Patrick McDonnell, children's author and cartoonist.


Gibson - NeuromancerMorrow - Towing JehovahGreenaway - Almanack for 1884








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Photo to the right shows author James Morrow, born on this day in 1947. I took this picture during the 2010 Nebula Awards weekend. Notice his creative footwear!

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Happy St Patrick's Day!

March 17th, 2017 (12:23 pm)

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Break out the Jameson's! Or maybe try one of these Patty's Day Peep Drinks.

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March 16 Writer Birthdays

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March 16 Writer Birthdays

  • 1751 - James Madison, author of the U.S. Constitution, co-author of the Federalist Papers; 4th U.S. President.

  • 1839 - René François Armand "Sully" Prudhomme, French poet and essayist; winner of the first Nobel Prize in Literature.

  • 1884 - Eric P. Kelly, American journalist and Newbery Award-winning children's author.

  • 1885 - Emory Holloway, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Walt Whitman.

  • 1889 - Elsie Janis, American screenwriter, songwriter, actress, and singer who entertained troops during WW1.

  • 1920 - Sid Fleischman, Newbery Award-winning children's book author.

  • 1948 - Margaret Weis, American fantasy novelist and gaming world creator.

  • 1952 - Alice Hoffman, popular American novelist, YA author & screenwriter.

  • 1974 - Zoe Jenny, Swiss novelist, now based in London.

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March 15 Writer Birthdays

March 15 Writer Birthdays


  • 1830 - Paul Heyse, Nobel Prize-winning German poet, dramatist, novelist, and short-story writer.

  • 1867 - Lionel Pigot Johnson, English poet, essayist, and critic whose work influenced the Warhammer 40,000 fictional universe.

  • 1871 - Charles Howard McIlwain, Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar and writer on American history.

  • 1910 - An Rutgers van der Loeff-Basenau, Dutch author of books for children and adults; she also used the pen name Rutger Bass.

  • 1912 - Louis Paul Boon, prolific novelist who was arguably the 20th century's most important Flemish writer in the Dutch language

  • 1915 - Carl Emil Schorske, Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural historian.

  • 1918 - Richard David Ellmann, literary critic and National Book Award winner; biographer of Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and William Butler Yates.

  • 1920 - Lawrence Sanders, novelist and crime-fiction writer.

  • 1921 - Madelyn Pugh (Davis), radio and TV writer, best known for her work on "I Love Lucy"; also wrote sports.

  • 1939 - Robert Nye, English poet, novelist, playwright, and writer of children's stories.

  • 1953 - Heather Graham, American author of romance novels.

  • 1959 - Ben Okri, Man Booker Prize-winning Nigerian poet and author.

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Happy Pi Day!

March 14th, 2017 (12:16 pm)
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March 14 (Pi Day) Writer Birthdays

March 14 Writer Birthdays

  • 1844 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy, British poet of Irish descent.

  • 1869 - Algernon Blackwood, English novelist and short story writer, known for ghost stories & weird fiction.

  • 1879 - Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist whose name is synonymous with "genius."

  • 1889 - Marguerite de Angeli, Newbery Award-winning American children's author & illustrator.

  • 1919 - Max Shulman, humorist best known for his character Dobie Gillis, who became a movie & TV character.

  • 1920 - Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist; creator of Dennis the Menace.

  • 1947 - Pam Ayres, English poet, songwriter and TV personality.

  • 1957 - W. Andrew Robinson, British author who wrote books about India.

  • 1957 - Tad Williams, science fiction and fantasy author.

  • 1964 - Po Bronson, American novelist and nonfiction author.

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March 13 Writer Birthdays

March 13 Writer Birthdays



Walpole - Rupert Hart-DavisPearson - Kingdom KeepersJaffee - MAD Vastly Overrated

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