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January 16th, 2017 (06:16 pm)

Fifteen years ago today, I arrived home from an ultrasound to find Bob on the phone, finally having found a plumber who could come that day to fix a major leak. I said, "Cancel the plumber. We're having a baby." And an hour and a half later, Jonathan Morgan Petrini was born at INOVA Alexandria Hospital. In 15 years, he's gone from 6 lbs 2 oz to nearly 6-foot-2. But he'll always be my baby. Happy Birthday, Jon Morgan!

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January 12 Writer Birthdays

January 12 Writer Birthdays

  • 1628 - Charles Perrault, French author and member of the Académie française who collected pre-existing folk tales to lay the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale.

  • 1874 - Laura Adams Armer, Newbery Medal-winning American artist, author, and photographer.

  • 1876 - Jack London, American journalist, activist, and author of adventure fiction, best known for his Alaskan gold-rush novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang.

  • 1945 - Nancy Pearl, the author and actual librarian who was the model for the Librarian Action Figure.

  • 1948 - William Nicholson, Oscar-nominated British screenwriter, playwright, and author of fiction and science fiction.

  • 1949 - Haruki Murakami, bestselling Japanese writer of fiction and nonfiction, and translator of English works into Japanese.

  • 1952 - Walter Mosley, American writer of crime fiction, known for the Easy Rawlins series set in Los Angeles.

  • 1954 - Sharon Lechter, American accountant, author, businesswoman, investor, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and appointee to the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.

  • 1957 - Celia S. Friedman, American speculative fiction author and former costume designer.

  • 1969 - David Mitchell, English novelist, recently well known for his 2004 novel Cloud Atlas.

  • 1972 - Lê Thị Diễm Thúy, Vietnamese poet, novelist, and performer.

  • 1973 - A. Lee Martinez, American fantasy and science-fiction author.


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January 5 Writer Birthdays

January 5th, 2017 (10:45 pm)

January 5 Writer Birthdays


  • 1846 - Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Nobel Prize-winning German philosopher.

  • 1902 - Stella Gibbons, English novelist best known for her debut work, Cold Comfort Farm.

  • 1926 - W.D. Snodgrass, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet who is considered one of the founders of the "confessional" movement in American poetry, though he objected to the name; he sometimes used the pseudonym S.S. Gardons. .

  • 1932 - Umberto Eco, Italian novelist and essayist best known for his first novel, The Name of the Rose.

  • 1941 - Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese author, manga writer, film animation artist, screenwriter, and film director.

  • 1942 - Terenci Moix (real name Ramon Moix i Meseguer), Spanish Catalan writer who wrote in both Spanish and in Catalan; he is brother tof poet/novelist Anna Maria Moix.

  • 1942 - Michael Wilding, British-born Australian writer, novelist, critic, and professor.

  • 1954 - László Krasznahorkai, Hungarian novelist and screenwriter who is known for critically difficult, demanding modernist novels with dystopian and melancholic themes.

  • 1961 - Isabel Gemio Cardoso, Spanish journalist and radio and television presenter; she was married to Cuban sculptor Nilo Manrique.

  • 1978 - Seanan McGuire, American urban fantasy author known for her October Daye series.

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December 31 Writer Birthdays


December 31 Writer Birthdays

  • 1514 - Andreas Vesalius, physician and author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy; considered the founder of modern anatomy.

  • 1779 - Horace Smith, English poet and novelist who once competed against Percy Shelley in a sonnet-writing contest.

  • 1829 - Alexander Smith, Scottish poet.

  • 1931 - Bob Shaw, science-fiction author from Northern Ireland.

  • 1933 - Edward Bunker, American author of crime fiction; screenwriter.

  • 1945 - Connie Willis, American science-fiction author known for her time-travel books; winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards.

  • 1949 - Susan Shwartz, American author of science fiction, alternate history, and fantasy; multiple Hugo and Nebula winner.

  • 1951 - Susan Elaine Eisenhower, author and consultant who is an expert on international security, space policy, energy, and U.S.-Russian relations

  • 1962 - Machi Tawara, Japanese poet.

  • 1965 - Nicholas Sparks, bestselling American novelist and screenwriter.

  • 1968 - Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican-American writer, editor, and professor.

  • 1974 - Joe Abercrombie, British fantasy writer.


Sherman & Schwartz, Vulcan&quot;s HeartDiaz - DrownShaw - The Wooden SpaceshipsSparks - Longest Ride

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December 30 Writer Birthdays

December 30 Writer Birthdays


  • 1865 - Rudyard Kipling, Nobel Prize-winning English author best known for his tales of India.

  • 1897 - Alfredo Bracchi, Italian lyricist and scriptwriter..

  • 1910 - Paul Bowles, American expatriate composer and author.

  • 1922 - Jane Langton, American children's writer, whose book The Fledgling was a Newbery Honor book.

  • 1923 - Sara Lidman, one of the most important Swedish novelists of the 20th century; her works focused on political subjects, with a socialist tendency.

  • 1943 - Julia Briggs, British biographer, writer, and professor.

  • 1946 - Patti Smith, American singer-songwriter and poet; influential member of the early New York punk scene.

  • 1947 - James Kahn, American writer best known for his novelizations of films.

  • 1950 - Lewis Shiner, American writer of science fiction, cyberpunk and fantasy.

  • 1952 - Melissa Fay Greene, American author of nonfiction books.

  • 1961 - Douglas Coupland, Canadian novelist.

  • 1961 - Sean Hannity, American conservative political commentator.

  • 1963 - Chandler Burr, American journalist, author and museum curator.

  • 1966 - Akosua Gyamama Busia, Ghanaian actress, screenwriter, novelist, film director, and songwriter; she is best known for playing the sister of Whoopi Goldberg's character in the film, The Color Purple,

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December 29 Writer Birthdays

Bang - Nobody Particular
December 29 Writer Birthdays

  • 1792 - Sir Archibald Alison, Scottish author who wrote the first scholarly English-language study of the French Revolution.

  • 1843 - Elisabeth of Wied, Queen Consort of Romania, who under the pen name Carmen Sylva wrote many poems, plays, novels, short stories, and essays in German, Romanian, French, and English.

  • 1915 - Charles Leonard Harness, science fiction author who has been named Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

  • 1915 - Robert Ruark, American author, sports journalist, columnist, and big game hunter.

  • 1921 - Dobrica Ćosić, Serbian writer and political theorist who was the first president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

  • 1922 - William Gaddis, American author who has won three National Book Awards.

  • 1943 - Molly Bang, American author and illustrator of children's books; winner of three Caldecott Book Honors.

  • 1959 - Paula Poundstone, author, actress, comedian, and commentator.

  • 1960 - Dave Pelzer, controversial memoirist and self-help author.


Ruark - Something of ValueSylva - Legens from River & MountainHarness - Firebird

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December 28 Writer Birthdays

December 28 Writer Birthdays


  • 1789 - Catharine Maria Sedgwick, American novelist, short-story writer, and activist for religious freedom.

  • 1872 - Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, one of the key novelists of the Generation of '98.

  • 1895 - Carol Ryrie Brink, Newbery Medal-winning American author of children's and adult fiction, best known for her novel, Caddie Woodlawn, based on events from her grandmother's childhood.

  • 1902 - Mortimer Jerome Adler, American philosopher, educator, and popular author.

  • 1902 - Shen Congwen (also Ts'ung-wen), Miao Chinese writer from the May Fourth Movement, known for combining the vernacular style of writing with classical Chinese writing techniques and a strong influence from western literature.

  • 1911 - Sam Levenson, American humorist, writer, teacher, television host, and journalist.

  • 1917 - Mouloud Mammeri, Algerian-born Berber writer, poet, anthropologist, and linguist who immigrated to Morocco.

  • 1919 - Emily Cheney Neville, Newbery Medal-winning American author of children's books.

  • 1922 - Stan Lee, American comic book author and editor; former president of Marvel Comics.

  • 1925 - Hildegard Frieda Albertine Knef, German actress, singer, writer, and memoirist.

  • 1927 - Simon Arthur Noël Raven, controversial English novelist, essayist, dramatist, and raconteur.

  • 1931 - Guy Louis Debord, French Marxist theorist, writer, and filmmaker.

  • 1932 - Manuel Puig, Argentine author known for such novels as Kiss of the Spider Woman.

  • 1933 - Charles McColl Portis, American author best known for the classic Western novel True Grit.

  • 1938 - Frank Kelly, Irish actor, singer, playwright, and screenwriter.

  • 1945 - Sir Max Hugh Macdonald Hastings, British journalist, editor, historian, and author; his parents were Macdonald Hastings, a journalist and war correspondent, and Anne Scott-James, editor of Harper's Bazaar.

  • 1953 - Charlie Pierce, American sportswriter, political blogger, and frequent contestant on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.

  • 1955 - Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist who called for political reforms and the end of communist single-party rule; he is currently incarcerated as a political prisoner.

  • 1958 - Gilles Leroy, French novelist, playwright, and short-story writer; winner of the 2007 Prix Goncourt.

  • 1961 - Ramin Jahanbegloo, Iranian philosopher, writer, and professor, now based in Canada.

  • 1963 - Willow Bay, American television correspondent, editor, and author.

Brink - Caddie Woodlawn.jpg

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December 27 Writer Birthdays

December 27 Writer Birthdays


  • 1796 - Mirza Ghalib, the preeminent Urdu-Persian poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire; he used pen-names Ghalib and Asad.

  • 1896 - Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, nonfiction author, conservationist, and pioneer of innovative scientific farming concepts.

  • 1904 - Ingri Parin d'Aulaire, Norwegian-born children's book author and illustrator who often worked as a team with her Swiss husband Edgar after they immigrated to the U.S.; their best known works include a book of Greek mythology and a children's biography of Abraham Lincoln.

  • 1907 - Mary Howard, pen name of British romance novelist Mary Mussi.

  • 1956 - Patricia Gaffney, American author of contemporary novels and historical romances.

  • 1957 - Greg Mortensen, American author and mountaineer who co-founded the nonprofit Central Asia Institute; his bestseller Three Cups of Tea, an account of building a school for girls in rural Pakistan, has been discredited because of revelations that episodes presented in the book as factual were actually fictitious.

  • 1959 - Gerina Dunwich, Professional astrologer and New Age author.

  • 1964 - Kevin Patterson, Canadian novelist, short-story writer, and medical doctor.

  • 1966 - Wendy Coakley-Thompson, American author and public radio commentator whose fiction centers on issues of race and gender.

  • 1969 - Sarah Vowell, American author, journalist, social commentator, and actress.

  • 1982 - Isuna Hasekura (支倉 凍砂), Japanese author and manga writer.

  • 1982 - Erin E. Stead, Caldecott Medal-winning American illustrator of children's books.

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December 26 Writer Birthdays

December 26th, 2016 (10:10 am)

Mao - Little Red Book
December 26 Writer Birthdays

  • 1716 - Thomas Gray, English poet.

  • 1819 - E.D.E.N. Southworth (Emily Dorothy Eliza Nevitte), novelist and short-story writer; friend of writer and reformer Harriet Beecher Stowe.

  • 1820 - Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot, Irish actor and playwright, best known for his melodramas.

  • 1862 - Alexander V Amfiteatrov, Russian writer and historian.

  • 1888 - Hiroshi "Can" Kikuchi , Japanese author and publisher.

  • 1891 - Henry Miller, groundbreaking American novelist, social critic, travel writer, and painter.

  • 1893 - Mao Zedong (Chairman Mao), revolutionary, politician, poet, socio-political theorist, and dictator; founder of the People's Republic of China; a book of his quotations, commonly called "The Little Red Book" in the West, is one of the most widely printed books in history.

  • 1894 - Jean Toomer, Harlem Renaissance poet and novelist.

  • 1921 - Steve Allen, writer, comedian, musician, and television personality.

  • 1942 - Catherine Coulter, author best known for her romantic suspense fiction and historical romances.

  • 1956 - David Sedaris, American humorist, author, radio personality, and memoirist whose sister is actress and comedian Amy Sedaris.

  • 1977 - Emma Forrest, British/American journalist, columnist, novelist, and screenwriter.


Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One DayMiller - Tropic of CancerCoulter - The Duke

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December 24 Writer Birthdays

Clark - Where Are the Children
December 24 Writer Birthdays

  • 1714 - Rainieri De Calzabigi, poet and librettist; close friend of Casanova.

  • 1791 - Augustin-Eugène Scribe, French dramatist whose works dominated the Parisian stage for more than 30 years.

  • 1798 - Adam Bernard Mickiewicz, Romantic poet, dramatist, essayist, translator, and political activist; considered Poland's greatest poet.

  • 1818 - Eliza Cook, English author and poet.

  • 1869 - Henriëtte Roland Holst-van der Schalk, Dutch poet and socialist party leader.

  • 1907 - I.F. Stone, American investigative journalist and author.

  • 1910 - Fritz Reuter Leiber Jr, American science fiction author, poet, and playwright; an influential figure in sword-and-sorcery fantasy.

  • 1911 - Malcolm MacEwen, Scottish journalist and editor.

  • 1927 - Mary Higgins Clark, prolific, popular Edgar Award-winning American author of mysteries and suspense novels.

  • 1969 - Mark Millar, comic book author.

  • 1973 - Stephenie Meyer, author of the popular "Twilight" teen series of vampire romance novels.


Meyer - TwilightMillar - StarlightStone - The Trial of Socrates

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December 23 Author Birthdays

Wesendonck - Maerchen

December 23 Author Birthdays

  • 1597 - Martin Opitz, considered the father of German poetry.

  • 1828 - Mathilde Wesendonck, German writer and poet; possibly mistress to composer Richard Wagner.

  • 1858 - Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, Russian playwright and novelist who co-founded the Moscow Art Theatre.

  • 1860 - Harriet Monroe, poet and literary critic who founded Poetry magazine.

  • 1862 - Henri Pirenne, Belgian historian and influential medievalist.

  • 1881 - Juan Ramon Jimenez, Nobel Prize-winning Spanish poet.

  • 1886 - Albert Ehrenstein, Austrian Expressionist poet.

  • 1902 - Norman Maclean, American short-story writer.

  • 1923 - Leonard B. Stern, screenwriter for television comedies including Get Smart; co-creator of the Mad Lib.

  • 1926 - Robert Bly, National Book Award-winning poet; men's movement leader.

  • 1937 - Avi, pen name of Edward Irving Wortis, prolific Newbery-winning American children's book author.

  • 1963 - Donna Tartt, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.

  • 1965 - Martin Kratt, nature writer, screenwriter, and television host who, with his brother Chris, created children's educational television programs including Kratts' Creatures.


Tartt - The GoldfinchPrice & Stern - Mad Libs
Bly - The Sibling SocietyAvi - Nothing But the Truth

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December 19 Writer Birthdays

Bunting - The Sunflower House
December 19 Writer Birthdays

  • 1036 - Su Tung-p'o, greatest poet of the Chinese Sung Dynasty, often under fire in his day for satirizing government policies.

  • 1753 - John Taylor of Caroline, Virginia State Delegate who authored books on agriculture and politics.

  • 1796 - Manuel Breton de los Herreros, prolific Spanish playwright & librarian.

  • 1820 - Mary Ashton Livermore, journalist; advocate for abolition & women's rights.

  • 1875 - Carter Woodson, African-American author; pioneer of Black history.

  • 1895 - Ingeborg Refling-Hagen, Norwegian novelist & poet, arrested for her work with the Resistance during WW2.

  • 1901 - Oliver La Farge, Pulitzer Prize-winning author & anthropologist.

  • 1910 - Jean Genet, French novelist and political activist.

  • 1910 - Jose Lezama Lima, Cuban poet; one of the most influential in Latin American literature.

  • 1923 - Robert V. Bruce, Pulitzer-winning author and historian.

  • 1928 - Eve Bunting, Irish author of children's and YA books.

  • 1942 - Jean-Patric Manchette, foremost French crime novelist of the 1970s and 1980s.

  • 1944 - Richard Leakey, son of Richard & Mary Leakey, all three of them groundbreaking paleoanthropologists whose work shed light on the origins of humanity.

  • 1960 - Daniel Silva, author of thrillers & spy novels.

  • 1967 - Paul Harding, American musician & author; his 1st novel won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

  • 1975 - Brandon Sanderson, science fiction and fantasy author; completed Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series.


Woodson - The Mis-Education of the NegroLeakey - Origins ReconsideredSanderson - The Emperor&quot;s SoulSilva - The Heist

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