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November 30 Writer Birthdays

November 30 Writer Birthdays


  • 1667 - Jonathan Swift, Anglo-Irish writer, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet, and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin; he is still known for such works as Gulliver's Travels.

  • 1817 - Theodore Mommsen, Nobel Prize-winning German classicist who was called "the greatest living master of the art of historical writing" in reference to his monumental work, A History of Rome.

  • 1835 - Mark Twain (pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens), American author, essayist, humorist, travel writer, and journalist, best known for his classic novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

  • 1874 - Winston Churchill, British politician and military leader who led Great Britain through World War II as Prime Minister; he was also a journalist and writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his six-volume history of the war.

  • 1874 - L.M. Montgomery, Canadian author of the "Anne of Green Gables" books.

  • 1906 - John Dickson Carr, American author of detective stories, who also published under the pseudonyms Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson, and Roger Fairbairn.

  • 1931 - Margot Zemach, Caldecott Medal-winning American author and illustrator of children's books, many of whose works were adaptations of folk tales from around the world.

  • 1940 - Kevin Price Phillips, American writer, critic, and political and economic commentator who was a Republican Party strategist before becoming an Independent.

  • 1947 - David Mamet, American playwright, essayist, and film director who is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony-nominated playwright.

  • 1978 - Robert Kirkman, comic-book writer whose best-known works included "Invincible" and "The Walking Dead," and who also worked on "Ultimate X-Men" for Marvel Comics

    Zemach - It Could Always Be Worse.jpgZemach - It Could Always Be Worse.jpg

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    Teaser Tuesday: The Madonna of Las Vegas

    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!

    MY TEASER
    I just began reading The Madonna of Las Vegas, by Gregory Blake Smith. This teaser is from page 2.

    "But just that morning, halfway through a three-year job of reproducing the Sistine ceiling for the Golden Calf casino, he had quit. Quit, just like that—snap!— right in the middle of painting God separating light from darkness, thirty feet above the blackjack tables."

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    November 29 Writer Birthdays

    Alcott - Little Women
    November 29 Writer Birthdays

    • 1832 - Louisa May Alcott, American author best known for her novel Little Women.

    • 1898 - C.S. Lewis, English writer, children's novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist.

    • 1902 - Carlo Levi, Italian novelist and painter.

    • 1914 - Elanor Perry, Emmy Award-winning American screenwriter and author.

    • 1918 - Madeleine L’Engle, American author of young-adult books, including Newbery Medal winner A Wrinkle In Time.

    • 1934 - Willie Morris, American writer and editor.

    • 1933 - David R. Reuben, psychiatrist who is best known for writing Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex (but Were Afraid To Ask).

    • 1943 - Sue Miller, bestselling American author.

    • 1948 - George Szirtes, Hungarian poet and translator.

    • 1956 - Leo Laporte, American podcaster, broadcaster, and author.

    Lewis - Chronicles of NarniaReuben - Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To AskL&quot;Engle - A Wrinkle in TimeMiller  - While I Was Gone

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    November 25 Writer Birthdays

    November 25 Writer Birthdays

    • 1562 - Lope de Vega, Spanish playwright and poet.

    • 1812 - Henry Mayhew, English researcher, journalist, playwright, and reformer.

    • 1880 - Leonard Woolf, English political theorist, author, and publisher; husband to author Virginia Woolf.

    • 1890 - Isaac Rosenburg, English poet.

    • 1926 - Poul Anderson, American science-fiction writer.

    • 1936 - William McIlvanney, Scottish writer of novels, short stories, and poetry.

    • 1945 - Gail Collins, New York Times journalist and columnist.

    • 1946 - Marc Brown, children’s book author; creator of the "Arthur" books and television shows.

    • 1950 - Alexis Wright, indigenous Australian novelist and short-story.

    • 1951 - Charlaine Harris, bestselling author of mystery and urban fantasy novels, best known for the Sookie Stackhouse series.

    • 1960 - John F. Kennedy, Jr., journalist and publisher.


    Harris - DeadlockedAnderson - Beyond the BeyondBrown - Arthur, Locked in the Library

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    November 22 Writer Birthdays

    November 22 Writer Birthdays


    • 1819 - George Eliot (pseudonym for Mary Anne Evans) English novelist who was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era; she used her own name for her work as a journalist, editor, and critic. Her book Middlemarch has been called the greatest novel in the English language.

    • 1869 - André Gide, Nobel Prize-winning French author of fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, criticism, plays, short stories, and poetry.

    • 1883 - Martin Flavin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and playwright.

    • 1896 - David J. Mays, Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction author, and lawyer.

    • 1904 - Fumio Niwa, Japanese novelist, essayist, and biographer.

    • 1907 - Dora Maar (born Henriette Theodora Marković) Argentinian-raised poet, painter, and photographer of French and Croatian descent; she is most widely known as Pablo Picasso's muse.

    • 1917 - Jon Cleary, Australian writer of detective fiction and other novels; many of his works have been adapted for film and television.

    • 1938 - John du Pont, millionaire athlete, natural history museum founder, writer of books on birds, and convicted murderer.

    • 1940 - Terry Gilliam, American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

    • 1943 - William Kotzwinkle, American novelist, screenwriter, and children's book author, best known for his children's series about Walter the Farting Dog, as well as for writing the novelization of the movie E.T.

    • 1943 - Roger L. Simon, American novelist and Oscar-nominated screenwriter.

    • 1947 - Valerie Wilson Wesley, American author of mysteries, adult-theme novels, magazine articles, and children's books; former executive editor of Essence magazine.

    • 1969 - Marjane Satrapi, Iranian-born French graphic novelist, illustrator, film director, and children's book author.

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      November 20 Writer Birthdays

      November 20th, 2016 (10:25 am)

      November 20 Writer Birthdays


      • 1889 - Edwin Powell Hubble, American astronomer whose writings helped establish the field of extragalactic astronomy; known for the "expanding universe" theory and for proof that objects previously classified as nebulae are actually galaxies outside the Milky Way.

      • 1908 - Alistair Cooke, British journalist, broadcaster, and television personality who was also known as the host of PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre."

      • 1858 - Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish author who was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

      • 1886 - Bray Hammond, American author of Banks and Politics in American from the Revolution to the Civil War, winner of the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for History.

      • 1923 - Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize-winning South African writer and political activist.

      • 1926 - John Gardner, English author of spy and thriller novels, best known for continuing the James Bond series.

      • 1936 - Don Delillo, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.

      • 1937 - Rhys Isaac, Pulitzer Prize-winning Australian historian and writer on American history.

      • 1972 - Sheema Kalbasi, Iranian-born poet, filmmaker, and human-rights activist.

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      November 15 Writer Birthdays

      Kalman - Thomas Jefferson, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything
      November 15 Writer Birthdays

      • 1862 - Gerhardt Hauptmann, Nobel Prize-winning German dramatist and novelist.

      • 1881 - Franklin Pierce Adams, American columnist, poet, and radio personality, known for his wit; he often went by his initials F.P.A.

      • 1887 - Marianne Moore, American Modernist poet noted for her irony and wit; she won both a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

      • 1890 - Richmal Crompton, an English writer; she was best known for her humorous children's books but also wrote for adults.

      • 1910 - Beryl Epstein, American author of children's nonfiction and fiction books who collaborated with her husband, Samuel Epstein; their books often focused on how things work and why things happen.

      • 1915 - Elliott Chaze, American war veteran, journalist, and pulp novelist.

      • 1926 - Thomas Williams, National Book Award-winning American novelist and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

      • 1930 - J.G. Ballard, English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer associated early in his career with the New Wave of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic science-fiction novels; he also wrote war stories and postmodernist fiction.

      • 1941 - Daniel Pinkwater, American children's and young adult author, whose books have a tendency towards the humorous and absurd.

      • 1949 - Maira Kalman, Israeli/American author and illustrator of children's books, columnist for the New Yorker and The New York Times, and artist.

      • 1951 - Ehsan Sehgal, Pakistani poet, author, journalist, magazine editor, and activist.

      • 1952 - Rick Atkinson, American author and military historian who has won Pulitzer Prizes in both History and Journalism.

      • 1959 - Tibor Fischer, British novelist and short-story writer.

      • 1977 - Jonathan Benjamin Hurwitz, American screenwriter, director, and producer, best known for the "Harold and Kumar" movies.

      • 1741 - Johann Kaspar Lavater, Swiss poet, theologian, mysticist, and physiognomist.


      Ballard - The CrashCrompton - William the RebelChaze - Black Wings Has My AngelPinkwater - Young Adults

      Happy Birthday to all of today's Birthday Writers!

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      Teaser Tuesday: A Natural History of Dragons

      November 15th, 2016 (09:19 am)

      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!

      MY TEASER
      This teaser is from page 124 (e-version) in Chapter 11 of Marie Brennan's A National History of Dragons.

      "My readers may recall that I am the woman who, at the tender age of seven, dismembered a dove with my brother's penknife. I am not squeamish."

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      November 12 Writer Birthdays

      November 12 Writer Birthdays

      • 1817 - Bahá’u’lláh (born Mírzá Ḥusayn-`Alí Nuri), Persian mystic and prolific writer who was founder of the Bahá'í Faith.

      • 1930 - Ivo Urbančič, influential Slovenian philosopher and writer, considered to be one of the fathers of the phenomenological school in Slovenia.

      • 1934 - John McGahern, Irish author of novels and short stories, arguably the most important Irish writer since Samuel Beckett.

      • 1942 - Janette Turner Hospital, Australian-born novelist and short story writer.

      • 1945 - Michael Bishop, American author of science fiction and fantasy.

      • 1945 - Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author of creative nonfiction, best known for his book, The Soul of a New Machine.

      • 1955 - Katherine Weber, American novelist, nonfiction author, memoirist, and Yale professor.

      • 1962 - Neal Shusterman, American author of popular young-adult literature.

      • 1962 - Naomi Wolf, author, social critic, and political activist.

      • 1815 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, writer and activist for women's rights.

      • 1865 - Herbert Trench, Irish poet.

      • 1906 - George Dillon, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.

      • 1927 - David Butler, Scottish screenwriter.

      • 1928 - Marjorie Sharmat, American author of children's books, best known for her Nate the Great series.

      • 1929 - Michael Ende, German author of fantasy and children's literature, best known for The Neverending Story.

      • 1976 - Richelle Mead, author of fantasy and young-adult novels, including the "Vampire Academy" series.

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        November 10 Writer Birthdays

        Prior - The Minivers & the Secret Room
        November 10 Writer Birthdays

        • 1577 - Jacob Cats, Dutch poet, humorist and politician.

        • 1730 - Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist and playwright, best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield and his comedic drama She Stoops To Conquer.

        • 1871 - Winston Churchill (not THAT Winston Churchill, though the two actually did know each other), American novelist, poet, essayist, and artist; one of the best-selling authors of the early 20th century; he was also elected to the state legislature of New Hampshire and ran unsuccessfully for governor.

        • 1879 - Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, U.S. poet; considered the father of modern singing poetry.

        • 1893 - John P. Marquand, Pulitzer Prize-winning American fiction writer.

        • 1913 - Karl Shapiro, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and fifth U.S. Poet Laureate.

        • 1929 - W.E.B. Griffin, pen name of William Edward Butterworth III, American author of military and crime fiction.

        • 1944 - Mark E. Neely Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, professor, Civil War historian, and Lincoln biographer.

        • 1944 - Sir Tim Rice, award-winning British lyricist and author, best known for "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Evita," and other musicals.

        • 1483 - Martin Luther, German priest and theological scholar whose writings sparked the Protestant Reformation.

        • 1759 - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet, philosopher, historian, lyricist, and playwright.

        • 1960 - Neil Gaiman, English-born author of award-winning science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, short stories, TV scripts, and films.

        • 1963 - Natalie Jane Prior, award-winning Australian author of children's books, including picture books, fantasy, and crime fiction.

        • 1966 - Aka Morchiladze (გიორგი ახვლედიანი), bestselling author, columnist, soap writer, and essayist in the Republic of Georgia.

        • 1971 - Holly Black, bestselling American fantasy novelist, screenwriter, and video game writer.


        Black - Black HeartShapiro - Adult BookstoreGoldsmith - Vicar of WakefieldGaiman - Stardust


        Happy Birthday to all of today's birthday writers!

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        November 9 Writer Birthdays

        November 9 Writer Birthdays

        • 1721 - Mark Akenside, 18-century poet and physician

        • 1745 - William Hayley, English author, poet, essayist, and biographer; he is most remembered as the best friend and biographer of poet William Cowper.

        • 1818 - Ivan Turgenev, Russia, novelist, poet, and playwright who was a key figure in Russian Realism.

        • 1854 - Maud Howe Elliott, American writer and daughter of Julia Ward Howe (social activist, poet, and author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic) Maud won a Pulitzer Prize for a biography of her mother.

        • 1885 - Viktor Vladimirovich Khlebnikov, influential poet and playwright who was a central part of the Russian Futurist movement.

        • 1909 - Josefina Pla, Spanish-born poet and author who was also known for her artwork and her human-rights activism.

        • 1909 - Kay Thompson, American author, composer, musician, actress, and singer who is best known as creator of the Eloise children's books.

        • 1923 - James Schuyler, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet of the New York School.

        • 1928 - Anne Sexton, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, known for highly personal confessional verse.

        • 1929 - Imre Kertész, Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian author.

        • 1934 - Lois Ehlert, Caldecott Medal-winning American children's author and illustrator.

        • 1934 - Carl Sagan, American astronomer, astrophysicist, science writer, and science-fiction novelist who helped popularize scientific topics.

        • 1937 - Roger McGough, British poet, children's author, playwright, and broadcaster.

        • 1958 - C.J. Box, bestselling author of 18 novels, including his two 2014 novels Stone Cold and Shots Fired,both part of his well-known Joe Pickett series.

        • 1978 - Matt Gibson, Canadian writer, world traveler, photographer, blogger, and social anthropologist.

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        November 5 Writer Birthdays

        Aylesworth - Werewolves & Other Monsters
        November 5 Writer Birthdays

        • 1849 - Rui Barbosa, Brazilian writer, politician, and abolitionist.

        • 1850 - Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet, best known for her work, "Solitude," which contains the lines, "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone."

        • 1857 - Ida Tarbell, American author, teacher, and investigative journalist whose work led to the breakup of the Standard Oil monopoly.

        • 1885 - Will Durant, American writer and historian, known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning 11-volume work on the history of civilization, written with his wife Ariel; he was also an activist for women's suffrage and labor rights.

        • 1926 - John Berger, Booker Prize-winning English art critic, painter, novelist, and poet.

        • 1927 - Thomas Gibbons Aylesworth, American author and editor of books for children and young adults.

        • 1935 - Christopher Hovelle Wood, English novelist and screenwriter who adapted two James Bond novels for the screen and wrote historical fiction, semi-autobiographical fiction, adventure stories, and comic erotica; some of his work is under the pseudonym Timothy Lea.

        • 1943 - Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, actor, and film director.

        • 1944 - Carole Nelson Douglas, American novelist and short-story writer best known for her mystery novels.

        • 1953 - Joyce Maynard, American author and memoirist who was criticized for writing about her relationship with J.D. Salinger.

        • 1971 - Rana Dasgupta, British/Indian novelist and essayist.

        • 1982 - Uzodinma Iweala, U.S./Nigerian novelist, essayist, and medical student.

        Wilcox - MaurineDouglas - Vampire SunriseDurant - Age of Voltaire, Story of Civilization

        Happy Birthday to all of today's Birthday authors!

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