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August 21 Writer Birthdays

Stone - Dog Soldiers
August 21 Writer Birthdays

  • 1798 - Jules Michelet, French historian, professor, and author credited with coining the word "Renaissance."

  • 1886 - Ruth Manning-Sanders, British poet and author whose children's books collected and retold fairy tales from around the world.

  • 1897 - Constance McLaughlin Green, Pulitzer Prize-winning American urban historian and author.

  • 1906 - Friz Freleng, American cartoonist, animator, screenwriter, and producer for the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons under the Warner Bros. banner.

  • 1908 - May Margaret (Mollie) Kaye, Indian-born British bestselling author, illustrator, screenwriter, and children's writer who often published as M.M. Kaye and who was best known for her novel, The Far Pavilions.

  • 1920 - Don E. Fehrenbacher, Pulitzer Prize winning American historian and author.

  • 1929 - X.J. Kennedy, American poet, translator, editor, and author of children's literature and writing guides; he added the "X" as a first initial to distinguish himself from dynasty founder and political mastermind Joseph P. Kennedy.

  • 1937 - Robert Stone, National Book Award-winning American novelist who has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Time magazine included his novel Dog Soldiers in its list of the 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005

  • 1943 - Jonathan Schell, American author and professor whose work presented argued against the proliferation of nuclear weapons; he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

  • 1954 - Claudia Mills, American librarian, professor, and children's book author; early in her career, as a secretary at a publishing firm, she submitted manuscripts to the company under an assumed name and had to write rejection letters to herself.

Kaye - The Far PavilionsManning-Sanders - A Book of DragonsSchell - The Gift of TimeMills - Alex Ryan, Stop That

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August 18 Writer Birthdays

Danziger - Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon
August 18 Writer Birthdays

  • 1450 - Marko Marulic. Croatian national poet, Christian humanist, and judge who wrote under several names, including Marko Marulić Splićanin ("Marko Marulić of Split"), Marko Pečenić, Marcus Marulus (or de Marulis) Spalatensis, and Dalmata; he also wrote nonfiction works in Latin which were widely published throughout Europe; he is considered to have coined the term, "psychology."

  • 1841 - Robert Williams Buchanan, Scottish poet, novelist, and dramatist.

  • 1908 - Edgar Faure, French Prime Minister who was also an author, essayist, historian, memoirist, and lawyer.

  • 1908 - Armijn Pane, influential Indonesian novelist, poet, nonfiction author, and playwright who also wrote under the names Adinata, A. Soul, Empe, A. Mada, A. Banner, and Kartono.

  • 1912 - Elsa Morante, Italian novelist; her work, mostly set in the south of Italy, often deals with persecution and injustice, and is influenced by 19th-century French and Russian novels.

  • 1922 - Alain Robbe-Grillet, French novelist, publisher, screenwriter, and filmmaker of the Nouveau Roman movement;

  • 1925 - Brian Aldiss, English author of fiction and science fiction who has won multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards and was awarded the designation Grand Master by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

  • 1934 - Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney and author of nonfiction crime books, best known for the successful prosecution of cult leader and mass murderer Charles Manson.

  • 1934 - Sonia Levitin, German novelist, essayist, playwright, and lyricist who is best known for her books for children.

  • 1944 - Paula Danziger, American children's author, best known for the novel The Cat Ate My Gymsuit and her "Amber Brown" series; she also lived in the UK and was a regular presenter on children's literature for the BBC.

  • 1945 - Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr., American Marine Corps officer and attorney whose autobiography won a Pulitzer Prize.

  • 1961 - Huw Edwards, Welsh journalist and news presenter.

  • 1967 - Brian Michael Bendis, American comic book writer, best known for his work in the Ultimate Marvel universe.

  • 1972 - Victoria Elizabeth Coren, British author, reviewer, columnist, quiz show host, and professional poker player.

  • 1974 - Nicole Krauss, American novelist who was a National Book Award finalist and was listed in New Yorker's "20 Under 40" fiction writers to watch; she is married to author Jonathan Safran Foer.

Puller - Fortunate SonMorante - Arturo&quot;s IslandLevitin - The CureKrauss - History of Love

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August 14 Writer Birthdays

August 14 Writer Birthdays

  • 1863 - Ernest Thayer, American writer and poet who wrote "Casey at the Bat."

  • 1867 - John Galsworthy, Nobel Prize-winning English novelist and playwright.

  • 1904 - Kar de Mumma (birth name Erik Harald Zetterström) - Swedish playwright and humorous writer.

  • 1910 - Nathan Alterman, Warsaw-born Israeli poet, playwright, journalist, and translator who was influential in Socialist Zionist politics,

  • 1914 - Stieg Ivar Trenter, Swedish journalist and popular crime writer, often described as the Agatha Christie of Sweden.

  • 1925 - Russell Baker, Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer of satirical commentary and self-deprecating prose, best known for his autobiography Growing Up.

  • 1926 - René Goscinny, French comics writer and editor.

  • 1928 - Anatoly Fedorovich Kasheida, Ukrainian writer, poet, and journalist.

  • 1940 - Alexei Panshin, American science fiction author and critic, winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards.

  • 1941 - Lynne Ann Cheney, novelist and conservative scholar who is the wife of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

  • 1945 - Steve Martin, American comedian, actor, musician, producer, and writer.

  • 1947 - Danielle Steel, the pen name of blockbuster American romance novelist Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel.

  • 1950 - Gary Larson, syndicated cartoonist best known for "The Far Side."

  • 1952 - Alex van Warmerdam, Dutch screenwriter, film director, actor, and painter.

  • 1964 - Andrew Kevin Walker, American screenwriter.

  • 1965 - Brannon Braga, award-winning American television producer, director, and screenwriter, best known for his work on Star Trek.

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Teaser Tuesday: Into the Forest

August 9th, 2016 (04:20 pm)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Put them on your own blog, if you have one, and link to it in a comment to today's entry on the Books And A Beat page. If you don't have a blog, share your teaser in the comment.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I just finished Into the Forest, by Jean Hegland. about teenage sisters living alone in their home in the forest during a time of turmoil. Fossil fuels have run out; the electricity has been off everywhere for months; and sickness, anarchy, and starvation rage across the country. But dancer Eva and scholar Nell, isolated in their forest, miles from the nearest neighbor, try to carry on with life as well as they can after the deaths of their parents. This teaser is from page 201, as Nell imagines their future (and a future child) in a new world.

Eva would teach her to dance, I thought, and I would teach her to read and write, and as I clutched the oak and planned my niece's future, it seemed I could feel generations of women receding behind us and stretching out ahead. I felt a connection with both my foremothers and with the future, and I knew — despite all odds — the bone-deep satisfaction of continuance.

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August 8 Writer Birthdays

August 8 Writer Birthdays

  • 1857 - Henry Fairfield Osborn, geologist, paleontologist, and eugenist who was president of the American Museum of Natural History.

  • 1884 - Sara Teasdale, American lyric poet who won the Columbia University Poetry Society Prize, which later became known as the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

  • 1896 - Marjorie Rawlings, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author whose best-known work was The Yearling, a young-adult novel written before young adult was considered a separate genre.

  • 1927 - Maia Wojciechowska, Newbery Award-winning Polish-born American author of children's and young adult books who also wrote under the name Maia Rodman. In addition to writing, she spent time as a matador, an undercover detective, and a motorcycle racer; by age 11 she had parachuted out of an airplane three times; at age 12 she fled the Nazis through Romania and Italy to reach France, where her father was chief of staff of the Polish air force.

  • 1952 - Robin Ophelia Quivers, American radio personality, author, and actress, best known as the long-running news anchor and co-host of The Howard Stern Show.

  • 1952 - Valerie Sayers, American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and professor.

  • 1954 - Elizabeth Ann Tallent, Pushcart Prize-winning American short-story writer, professor, and critic, known for her poetic style, vivid settings, and complex themes.

  • 1964 - Anastasia M. Ashman, American author who resides in Turkey and writes on ex-pat women's issues.

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August 7 Writer Birthdays

August 7 Writer Birthdays

  • 1831 - Frederic William Farrar, Indian-born cleric, schoolteacher, author, and poet; he was a pallbearer at the funeral of Charles Darwin in 1882.

  • 1848 - Alice James, American diarist; she was the daughter of theologian Henry James, Sr., and sister of psychologist William James and novelist Henry James,

  • 1890 - Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, labor leader, activist, and feminist who played a leading role in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and was Chair of the Communist Party USA; she was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a visible proponent of women's rights, birth control, and women's suffrage.

  • 1903 - Louis Leakey, British archaeologist and author who helped establish the theories of early human evolution beginning in Africa.

  • 1906 - Nelson Goodman, influential American philosopher.

  • 1928 - James Randi, Canadian-American stage magician and skeptic, whose writings debunk pseudoscience and paranormal subjects.

  • 1928 - Betsy Byars, American author of children's fiction who has won a Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and an Edgar Award; she is best known for her novel Summer of the Swans.

  • 1933 - Jerry Pournelle, American science-fiction writer who also writes in the technology and computer field; he is best known for his collaborations with Larry Niven, including The Mote in God's Eye.

  • 1942 - Garrison Keillor, American author, poet, and radio personality, best known for his long-running show A Prairie Home Companion.

  • 1949 - Matthew Francis Parris, South African/British journalist and politician.

  • 1950 - Alan Lee Keyes, American conservative political activist, author, and perennial candidate for public office.

  • 1950 - Terry Randolph Hummer, American poet, critic, essayist, editor, and professor.

  • 1952 - Larry J. Sabato, political scientist, analyst, and prognosticator who is a University of Virginia professor.

  • 1953 - Anne Fadiman, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning American author.

  • 1955 - Vladimir Sorokin, popular Russian poet and dramatist.

  • 1957 - Paul Dini, comic-book author, screenwriter and producer who works in the television and comic-book industries.

  • 1960 - David Duchovny, American actor, writer, producer, director, and novelist; he is best known for his role as Fox Mulder in the TV series, The X-Files.

  • 1960 - Deborah Ellis, Canadian author and anti-war activist.

  • 1963 - Rochelle Alers, American writer of romance novels who has also written under the pen names Susan James and Rena McLeary.

  • 1968 - Francesca Gregorini (born Countess Francesca McKnight Donatella Romana Gregorini di Savignano di Romagna), Italian screenwriter and film director;she is the daughter of former Bond girl Barbara Bach, and is the stepdaughter of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr,  .

  • 1969 - Scott Hanford Stossel, American journalist who is editor of The Atlantic magazine.

  • 1983 - Brit Heyworth Marling, American actress, screenwriter, and film producer.

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August 5 Writer Birthdays

August 5 Writer Birthdays

  • 1813 - Ivar Andreas Aasen, Norwegian philologist, lexicographer, playwright, and poet, best known for having assembled from dialects one of the two official written versions of the Norwegian language, Nynorsk.

  • 1850 - Guy de Maupassant, French writer who is known as one of the fathers of the modern shorty story; he also wrote travel books, novels, poetry, and horror.

  • 1880 - Ruth Sawyer, Newbery Award-winning American storyteller, best known as the author of Roller Skates.

  • 1889 - Conrad Aiken, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and poet.

  • 1906 - John Marcellus Huston, American screenwriter, film director, and actor who wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are considered classics.

  • 1910 - Jacquetta Hawkes, British archeologist, public official, nature writer, playwright, poet, educator, and activist for nuclear disarmament. She was the daughter of Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, cousin of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, wife of archeologist and writer Christopher Hawkes (her first husband), and wife of novelist and playwright Jack Priestley (though she disliked his work).

  • 1910 - J. Erik Lindegren, Swedish author, poet, translator, librettist, editor, and opera critic.

  • 1916 - Peter Viereck, Pulitzer Prize-winning American political writer, professor, and poet.

  • 1929 - Al Alvarez, English poet, novelist, essayist, and critic.

  • 1934 - Wendell Berry, American writer and ecological activist, much of whose writing centers around his home state of Kentucky and the South in general.

  • 1960 - David Baldacci, American lawyer and author of blockbuster thrillers; his sister Sharon Baldacci is also an author.

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What Would Jane Read? Episode 30: LFL #38094, Orlando, Florida

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What Would Jane Read?
Episode 30

...in Which Action Figure Jane Austen
Experiences Ups and Downs in Orlando

Action Figure Jane Austen accompanied my family and me on a road trip to Florida this summer. We didn't have time to seek out every Little Free Library in Orlando. (How wonderful that the little book boxes have multiplied to that the extent that this isn't always possible!) We did our research ahead of time, and arrived with the goal of visiting three LFLs, all of them brand new, and all of them within a few blocks of each other, in the Lancaster Park section of the city.

Of course, that was not our only goal for Orlando. Among other destinations, we were intent on experiencing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Jane had been flabbergasted when I told her there a large, elaborately designed space was dedicated to bringing to life the world described in a series of novels. She is familiar with the fantasy genre — books with gothic settings and fantastical elements were popular in her day — but she reacted against such excesses in her own realistic, well measured plots. Still, she found the Harry Potter-themed world to be creative and exhilarating. She had never imagined such a thrill as riding a roller coaster! (Being an Action Figure, Jane did not meet the 54-inch minimum height for riding the Hungarian Horntail on the Dragon Challenge coaster, but hid in a rider's pocket.) When I declined the opportunity to ride the coaster, she delighted in using some of her newly learned modern American slang to call me a wimp.

Jane is now considering petitioning Universal to add a new theme park area based on her own novels (or on one of the many film adaptations, if a movie tie-in is absolutely necessary). Despite my own reservations about marketability, she proposes calling it The Genteel World of Jane Austen.

But we digress.

I had chosen the Lancaster Park Little Free Libraries because one had a plaque in memory of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings, which had happened nearby only two weeks earlier. That Little Free Library, charter number 38094, was our first stop that day, and the object of this narrative.

This sturdy, well-crafted LFL is set in a lovely neighborhood amid eclectic homes, vivid crepe myrtle, and moss-draped live oak trees. The book box is large, with two shelves well stocked with books. Colorful hearts and other decorations adorn the library and its surroundings, and a black wrought-iron bench offers a convenient spot for reading.

But what to read? Jane adores strong heroines, so she chose The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street, by Susan Jane Gilman, about a plucky immigrant girl's rise from poverty to success in business in early 20th century New York. Jane is still uncertain as to the suitability of business as an occupation for a proper young woman, but she is willing to make concessions to changing times. Certainly, Elizabeth Bennet could have done well in business, if she'd been given the chance.

Speaking of Elizabeth Bennet, that capable and witty young woman is the protagonist of the book Jane left in the Little Free Library. Sort of. Jane donated to #38094 a copy of a unique new version of her own most beloved novel. The book features the Bennetts, Mr. Darcy, and the other friends and scoundrels from her classic book — except that they're all guinea pigs. Appropriately, this adorable little book is called A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice.

Jane is uncertain as to whether she should feel outraged or flattered by the existence of this book, but has decided to accept it as a good-natured tribute to her work. She hopes that a young reader, upon seeing the story told from the guinea-pig viewpoint, might be inclined to secure a copy of the original, human-inhabited work, and read it as well, thus becoming a new reader for all of Jane's novels.

The interior of the Little Free Library was thoughtfully organized into books for adults, children, and young adults, with labeled sections, all three containing excellent, diverse collections. A miniature blank book with a Dr. Seuss cover served as the library's guestbook, and Jane and I were happy to sign in. The LFL steward generously provided freebies, as well — bookmarks and colorful pencils. All in all, it was one of the most pleasant Little Free Libraries Jane has seen.

Jane's cheerful mood plummeted when we read the inscription on the plaque above the Little Free Library's door:

"In Remembrance of the Pulse Victims
May knowledge teach us to
LOVE one another.
Spread knowledge...
Spread the LOVE."

Forty-nine people had been murdered at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, in an act motivated by hatred, intolerance, and pure evil. The plaque expressed a lovely sentiment, and Jane and I dearly hope that — since magic spells are, unfortunately, limited to Harry Potter's wizarding world — knowledge, love, and books can someday cure our own world of such horrendous acts of violence.

(Click here to link to a description of our visit that day to the memorial set up in front of the Pulse nightclub.)

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August 4 Writer Birthdays

August 4 Writer Birthdays

  • 1792 - Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet who is considered one of the finest lyric and epic poets in the English language; he was married to novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who is best known as the author of Frankenstein.

  • 1839 - Walter Horatio Pater, English essayist, literary and art critic, fiction writer, and humanist whose advocacy of “art for art’s sake” became a key doctrine of the Aestheticism movement.

  • 1841 - William Henry Hudson, author, naturalist, and ornithologist.

  • 1859 - Knut Hamsun, Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist.

  • 1904 - Witold Marian Gombrowicz, Polish novelist, short-story writer, and playwright whose works are characterised by deep psychological analysis, satire, existentialism, and anti-nationalist thought.

  • 1913 - Robert Hayden, essayist, educator, and the first African-American U.S Poet Laureate.

  • 1913 - Noboru Nakamura, Oscar-nominate Japanese film director and screenwriter.

  • 1918 - Iceberg Slim, pen name for Robert Beck, a reformed pimp and American author of urban fiction.

  • 1920 - Helen Thomas, American author and news service reporter, opinion columnist, and "Dean of the White House Press Corps."

  • 1951 - Stephen Kinzer American author, journalist, academic, and New York Times foreign correspondent.

  • 1960 - Joby Warrick, multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author; he writes for the Washington Post on the Middle East, diplomacy, and national security.

  • 1961 - Barack Obama, 44th U.S. President and the first African-American to hold the office; he has also written several books.

  • 1965 - Dennis Lehane, American author of popular novels.

  • 1969 - Jojo Moyes, English journalist and romance novelist.

  • 1977 - Yuuko Kohara, Japanese manga artist and writer.

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August 2 Writer Birthdays

August 2 Writer Birthdays

  • 1865 - Irving Babbitt, American academic and literary critic; a founder of the New Humanism movement.

  • 1867 - Ernest Christopher Dowson, English poet, novelist, and short-story writer associated with the Decadent movement.

  • 1884 - Rómulo Ángel del Monte Carmelo Gallegos, Venezuelan novelist and politician who was the first cleanly elected president in his country's history.

  • 1894 - Francis James Westbrook Pegler, American journalist and columnist famed for his opposition to the New Deal and labor unions.

  • 1900 - Holling C. Holling, American children's book author and illustrator best known for the book Paddle-to-the-Sea, a Caldecott Honor book; he also wrote and illustrated a comic strip.

  • 1924 - James Baldwin, important, prolific, and influential African-American author and civil-rights activist, known for novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and essays, and considered one of the greatest writers of his generation.

  • 1934 - Stephen Sandy, American poet and professor.

  • 1942 - Isabel Allende, award-winning Chilean-American novel best known for her works of magic realism; she is considered the most widely read Spanish-language author, but is also fluent in English. Awards include Chile's National Literature Prize and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her father was first cousin to Salvador Allende, President of Chile from 1970 to 1973.

  • 1946 - James Howe, American author of children's and young adult books, notably the Bunnicula series about a vampire rabbit who sucks the juice out of vegetables.

  • 1947 - Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and screenwriter best known for his book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.

  • 1949 - Bei Dao (aka Zhao Zhengkai) Beijing-born poet now living in exile in the U.S.; one of the few Chinese writers to have an international audience.

  • 1954 - Ken MacLeod, Scottish science fiction writer of space opera and hard sci-fi who has been nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards.

  • 1955 - Caleb Carr, American novelist, screenwriter, and military historian.

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Teaser Tuesday: Bel Canto

August 2nd, 2016 (03:30 pm)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Put them on your own blog, if you have one, and link to it in a comment to today's entry on the Books And A Beat page. If you don't have a blog, share your teaser in the comment.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I'm reading Bel Canto, by the always wonderful Ann Patchett. This novel explores the relationships among a group of hostages and terrorists. It's set in the Vice-Presidential mansion of a Latin American country, where a group of terrorists storms a party that features a famed American soprano. The terrorists had intended to kidnap the President, but he stayed home that night to watch a soap opera. With their original plan spoiled, the terrorist group stays, not knowing what else to do. The thing that gets everyone through the long ordeal — hostages and hostage-takers alike — is the opera singer's remarkable voice. In this passage, she has slept late and the others are feeling the loss of her usual morning singing practice, when another singer steps in to fill the silence. This is from page 265.

Someone else began to sing, an a cappella voice from the far side of the room, a lovely, familiar voice. People were confused at first and then one by one all the boys started laughing, Humberto and Jesus, Serio and Francisco, Gilbert, there were others coming from down the hall, big belly laughs, laughs in which they were forced to drape their arms around each other's necks just to stand up, but Cesar kept singing, "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore, non feci mai," from Tosca.

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July 31 Writer Birthdays

Premchand - The Voice of Truth
July 31 Writer Birthdays

  • 1880 - Munshi Premchand (pseudonym for Dhanpat Rai), Indian novelist and short-story writer who is one of the foremost writers of modern Hindustani literature.

  • 1904 - Bret Halliday, the most famous pseudonym of American author Davis Dresser, who wrote in the mystery, romance and western genres; he wrote under a variety of names, including Asa Baker, Matthew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony Scott, Peter Field, and Anderson Wayne.

  • 1912 - Milton Friedman, influential American free-market economist, statistician, writer, and professor.

  • 1912 - Irv Kupcinet (known as "Kup"), American newspaper columnist, talk-show host, author, and Chicago Bears football commentator.

  • 1919 - Primo Levi , Italian chemist, author, and poet who is best known for writing about his time in a Nazi concentration camp; the Royal Institution of Great Britain named his book The Periodic Table the greatest science book ever written.

  • 1926 - Hilary Whitehall Putnam, American philosopher, author, professor, mathematician, and computer scientist who is a central figure in analytic philosophy.

  • 1929 - Lynn Reid Banks, British author of novels for children and adults and of biographies about the Bronte family; Banks is best known for her bestselling children's book, The Indian in the Cupboard.

  • 1933 - Cees Nooteboom, Dutch novelist, poet, translator, travel writer, and journalist who is considered a Nobel Prize contender.

  • 1938 - Muriel Feelings, American writer and educator whose picture books aimed to introduce children to African culture; a Caldecott Honor Book winner and American Book Award nominee.

  • 1943 - Susan Cheever, American novelist, nonfiction author, columnist, essayist, biographer, literary critic, and teacher; novelist and short-story writer John Cheever was her father.

  • 1944 - Jonathan Dimbleby, British writer, political commentator, filmmaker, and radio and TV presenter; he is the son of prominent war correspondent and news commentator Richard Dimbleby.

  • 1952 - Faye Kellerman, bestselling American mystery author.

  • 1956 - Lynne Rae Perkins, Newbery Medal-winning American author and illustrator of children's books.

  • 1959 - Andrew Marr, British broadcaster, journalist, political commentator, and actor.

  • 1965 - Joanne Rowling, phenomenally successful British author best known for the Harry Potter fantasy books, which make up the bestselling book series ever and on which are based the highest-grossing movie series ever; she has written under the names J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith. (Her character Harry Potter has his birthday today, too.)

  • 1967 - Elizabeth Wurtzel, controversial bestselling American memoirist, essayist, and journalist.

  • 1978 - Tui T. Sutherland, Venezuelan-American children's book author who has written under pen names Heather Williams, Erin Hunter, and Rob Kidd, sharing some of those names with other authors who write for some popular series; she once won $46,000 as a two-day champion on the Jeopardy quiz show.

Rowling - HarryPotter & the Chamber of Secrets2Kellerman - Blind Man&quot;s BluffWurtzel - Prozac NationBanks - The Indian In the Cupboard

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