March 22nd, 2017 (10:12 am)
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.
March 21st, 2017 (08:50 pm)
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.
March 20th, 2017 (09:48 am)
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.
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.
March 17th, 2017 (09:24 pm)
As it turns out, St Patrick may have actually been Italian.
From the History Channel website:
Buon giorno di San Patrizio!
March 17th, 2017 (03:24 pm)
March 17 Writer Birthdays
- 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.
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!
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.
March 16th, 2017 (03:21 pm)
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.
March 15th, 2017 (11:20 pm)
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.
March 14th, 2017 (12:16 pm)
March 14th, 2017 (02:14 am)
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.
March 13th, 2017 (08:46 am)
March 13 Writer Birthdays
- 1822 - Moritz Grave von Strachwitz, German lyric poet.
- 1872 - Oswald Garrison Villard, American journalist, John Brown biographer & founder of the Anti-Imperialism League; his mother was suffragist Fanny Garrison Villard; his grandfather was abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison.
- 1884 - Oskar Loerke, German poet of the Expressionist & Magic Realist movements.
- 1884 - Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss novelist, playwright, poet & biographer.
- 1884 - Hugh S. Walpole, New Zealand-born short-story writer, memoirist, playwright & bestselling author.
- 1892 - Janet Flanner, American journalist & writer; under the pen name "Genêt," she was the Paris correspondent for The New Yorker for 50 years.
- 1896 - Dorothy Aldis, children's book author & poet.
- 1897 - Marcel Thiry, French-speaking Belgian poet.
- 1911 - L. Ron Hubbard, science fiction author & founder of the Church of Scientology.
- 1921 - Al Jaffee, cartoonist & comic strip writer for MAD magazine.
- 1950 - Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, columnist & physician.
- 1953 - Ridley Pearson, American author of suspense novels, thrillers & children's adventure books.