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July 20 Writer Birthdays

July 20th, 2017 (11:47 am)

Bourgeois - Franklin rides a bike.

July 20 Writer Birthdays


  • 1304 - Petrarch (born Francesco Petrarca) Italian poet and scholar who is considered one of the earliest humanists.

  • 1822 - Gregor Mendel, German-speaking Austrian scientist and monk who is considered the founder of modern genetics; he coined the terms "dominant" and "recessive" genes in his writings about his experiments with pea plants, such as his groundbreaking monograph, Experiments With Plant Hybrids.

  • 1901 - Elizabeth Dilys Powell, British journalist, author, and film critic.

  • 1951 - Paulette Bourgeois, Canadian author and illustrator of children's books, best known as creator of Franklin the turtle.

  • 1864 - Eric Axel Karlfeldt, Nobel Prize-winning Swedish symbolist poet, teacher, and journalist.

  • 1924 - Thomas Berger, American author of darkly comic novels, best known for his book Little Big Man.

  • 1927 - Simin Beh’bahāni (Persian: سیمین بهبهانی) Iranian poet who is one of the most prominent figures in modern Persian literature, twice nominated for the Nobel Prize.

  • 1930 - William H. Goetzmann, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian known for his research into exploration and settlement of the American West.

  • 1933 - Cormac McCarthy, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and playwright, known for his books The Road, All the Pretty Horses, and No Country for Old Men.

  • 1936 - Alistair MacLeod, Canadian novelist, short-story writer, and academician;

  • 1953 - Thomas Friedman, American journalist and author who has won the Pulitzer Prize three times; known for his books on globalization, climate change, and the Middle East.

  • 1965 - Jess Walter, American author of novels, short stories, and nonfiction; he was a finalist for the National Book Award.

  • 1977 - Timothy Ferriss, American author, public speaker, and entrepreneur.


McCarthy - The Road


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July 18 Writer Birthdays



July 18 Writer Birthdays


  • 1635 - Robert Hooke, English author, astronomer, professor, physicist, surveyor, and scientist who often argued with Isaac Newton over scientific theories.

  • 1811 - William Makepeace Thackeray, Indian-born English journalist, illustrator, editor, and author, best known for his satirical novel Vanity Fair; as a journalist, he often wrote under such absurd pen names as George Savage Fitz-Boodle, Michael Angelo Titmarsh, Theacuteophile Wagstaff, and C.J. Yellowplush, Esq.; his daughter Anne Thackeray Ritchie, step-aunt to Virginia Woolf, was also a prominent writer.

  • 1900 - Nathalie Sarraute, Russian-born French lawyer, author, and dramatist.

  • 1902 - Jessamyn West, American Quaker novelist and short-story writer, best known for her first novel, The Friendly Persuasion; she was second cousin to U.S. President Richard Nixon.

  • 1906 - Clifford Odets, screenwriter, playwright, stage actor, and theatrical director.

  • 1918 - Nelson Mandela, Nobel Prize-winning South African president, civil rights activist, and writer.

  • 1926 - Margaret Laurance, influential Canadian novelist and short-story writer who often wrote about Africa, where she once lived.

  • 1932 - Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Soviet and Russian poet. He is also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, actor, and editor, and a director of several films

  • 1937 - Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author, creator of Gonzo Journalism; his topics ranged from sports to politics to cultural commentary.

  • 1943 - Joseph J. Ellis, bestselling American historian and biographer who has won a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

  • 1951 - Steven Hahn, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian whose work often focuses on the American South, African-American history, and the international history of slavery, emancipation, and race.

  • 1958 - Diana Williams, American television journalist.

  • 1969 - Elizabeth Gilbert, American writer best known for her travel memoir, Eat, Pray, Love.

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July 17 Writer Birthdays

Crutcher - Deadline
July 17 Writer Birthdays


  • 1888 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon (published in Hebrew under the acronym Shai Agnon and in English as S.Y. Agnon) Nobel Prize-winning Ukrainian-born author who work explores conflicts between the modern world and traditional Jewish life and language; he is considered a central figure in modern Hebrew literature and has been called "one of the great storytellers of our time."

  • 1889 - Erle Stanley Gardner, American lawyer and author of mysteries and pulp fiction, best known for creating the world's most famous fictional lawyer, Perry Mason.

  • 1912 - Michael Gilbert, British author of mysteries, thrillers, and short stories; he was also a lawyer who had writer Raymond Chandler as a client.

  • 1921 - Robert V. Remini, National Book Award-winning historian and professor who wrote a multi-volume biography of U.S. President Andrew Jackson.

  • 1924 - Olive Ann Burns, American writer best known for her novel Cold Sassy Tree; as a journalist, she wrote under the pseudonym Amy Larkin.

  • 1932 - Karla Kuskin, American poet who writes, illustrates, and reviews children's books; she was nominated for a National Book Award.

  • 1943 - LaVyrle Spencer, bestselling, prolific American author of modern and historical romance novels.

  • 1946 - Chris Crutcher, American family therapist and author of young-adult novels, many of which focus on teenage boys who are athletes who face personal problems; his books are controversial and are often banned because of their honest depictions of subjects such as religion, homosexuality, poverty, and child abuse.

  • 1951 - Mark Bowden, American journalist, magazine editor, and author; his book Black Hawk Down was made into a popular movie.

  • 1954 - J. Michael Straczynski, American journalist, screenwriter, playwright, horror novelist, and comic book writer who is best known for creating and writing the science-fiction television series Babylon 5.

  • 1971 - Cory Doctorow, Canadian-British science-fiction author, journalist, activist, and blogger at Boing Boing; he is a Fellow of the Electronic Freedom Foundation and has released many of his books with Creative Commons licensing.

  • 1990 - Mattie Stepanek, bestselling American poet, essayist, and peace activist who died at the age of 13.

Spencer - Separate BedsBurns - Cold Sassy TreeGardner - Case of the Negligent NymphRemini - The Life of Andrew JacksonDoctorow - Little Brother
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July 15 Writer Birthdays

Moore - The Night Before Xmas
July 15 Writer Birthdays


  • 1779 - Clement C. Moore, American professor who wrote the poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," which later became famous as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

  • 1796 - Thomas Bulfinch, American writer and banker best known as the author of Bulfinch's Mythology.

  • 1886 - Jacques Rivière, French writer, critic, and editor who was a major force in the intellectual life of France in his day.

  • 1902 - Donald Creighton, Canadian historian, author, and professor.

  • 1903 - Walter D. Edmonds, American author of historical novels for children and adults, notably the popular title Drums Along the Mohawk; he won a Newbery Medal and a National Book Award.

  • 1913 - Hammond Innes, British author of novels, children's books, and travel books.

  • 1913 - Abraham Sutzkever, Belarus-born Yiddish poet; the New York Times called him "the greatest poet of the Holocaust."

  • 1914 - Gavin Maxwell, Scottish naturalist and author, best known for his work with otters.

  • 1917 - Robert Conquest, British-born poet and historian, known for writing about Soviet history.

  • 1919 - Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British novelist who is ranked #12 on the Times' list of the 50 Greatest Modern British writers; the film, Iris, is based on her husband's (writer John Bayley) memories of her as she developed Alzheimer's disease later in life, with Murdoch portrayed by Kate Winslet and Judi Dench.

  • 1931 - Clive Cussler, bestselling American adventure novelist who has also written nonfiction books; he also founded a nonprofit organization for the preservation of American naval history.

  • 1947 - Lydia Davis, American short-story writer who won the 2013 Man Booker Prize; her stories are said to have "the brevity and precision of poetry" and are sometimes called "essayist poems."

  • 1949 - Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, and teacher.

  • 1950 - Arianna Huffington (born Arianna Stassinopoulos or, in Greek, Αριάννα Στασσινόπουλος), Greek-American author, editor, syndicated columnist, and media group president.

  • 1954 - Jeff Jarvis, American journalist, editor, television critic, and professor who writes in the technology field.

  • 1958 - Marcia Thornton Jones, American children's author, best known for her "Bailey School Kids" books, with such titles as Zombies Don't Play Soccer and Werewolves Don't Go To Summer Camp.

  • 1961 - Jean-Christophe Grangé, French mystery writer, journalist, and screenwriter.


Cussler - Flood TideDadey & Jones - Dragons Don&apos;t Cook Pizza (bailey school kids)Murdoch - The Red & the GreenBulfinch&apos;s Mythology

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July 14 Writer Birthdays

July 14 Writer Birthdays

  • 1634 - Pasquier Quesnel, French theologian.

  • 1860 - Owen Wister, American author credited with inventing the western novel, with the publication of his iconic book, The Virginian; he also wrote nonfiction and biographies.

  • 1903 - Thomas Dionysius Clark, historian, professor, and author of a landmark history of Kentucky; he was a champion for historic presservation, credited with saving from destruction a large portion of Kentucky's printed history, which later become a core body of documents in the state archives.

  • 1903 - Irving Stone, American writer who specialized in biographical fiction, best known for books on artists Vincent Van Gogh (Lust For Life) and Michelangelo (The Agony and the Ecstasy).

  • 1915 - Jerome Lawrence, American playwright and author who helped create Armed Forces Radio.

  • 1916 - Natalia Ginzburg, Italian short-story writer and political activist.

  • 1917 - Arthur Laurents, American playwright, stage director, radio writer, screenwriter, and author of U.S. Army training films; his best known works include West Side Story and Gypsy.

  • 1921 - Leon Garfield, British author of historical fiction for children; he was also a screenwriter who adapted Shakespearean plays into animated television programs.

  • 1927 - Peggy Parish, American author of children's books, including her beloved series "Amelia Bedelia"; since her death in 1988, the series has been written by her nephew, Herman Parish.

  • 1931 - E.V. Thompson, British historical novelist, short-story writer, and nonfiction writer who was formerly in the Navy and on the police force; he often used the pseudonym James Munro.

  • 1936 - Pema Chödrön, American Buddhist nun, author, and teacher.

  • 1940 - Susan Howatch, English author of historical and domestic fiction, often with religious and philosophical themes; she is especially known for generational sagas.

  • 1943 - Christopher Priest, award-winning British author of novels, short stories, radio and television scripts, biographies, criticism, novelizations, journalism, and children's nonfiction.

  • 1949 - Edward Graydon Carter, Canadian-born American journalist and magazine editor and founder.

  • 1949 - Brian Sibley, English writer of radio dramas and documentaries.

  • 1952 - Jeffry P. Freundlich, American playwright and crime novelist who uses the pen name Jeff Lindsay; his wife Hilary Hemingway coauthored many of his early published works.

  • 1953 - Laura Numeroff, American children's author, best known as for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its sequels.

  • 1958 - Joe Keenan, Emmy Award-winning American screenwriter, television producer, and author, sometimes referred to as a "gay P.D. Wodehouse."

  • 1959 - Tom Wujec, Canadian author, editor, and lecturer on topics relating to creativity, innovation, and technology.

  • 1966 - Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal-winning American author and illustrator of children's books; his grandfather was a cousin of Hollywood producer David O. Selznick.

  • 1974 - Aaron Becker, Caldecott Honor-winning American author and illustrator of children's books.

  • 1976 - Ranj Dhaliwal, controversial Indo-Canadian author of crime fiction.





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July 13 Writer Birthdays

Hines - Peaceful Pieces
July 13 Writer Birthdays


  • 1793 - John Clare, English poet, essayist, and violinist, known especially for his poetry about nature and preserving the environment in the face of the agricultural revolution.

  • 1894 - Isaak Babel, Russian journalist, translator, dramatist, and short-story writer who was arrested and executed during Stalin's purges.

  • 1918 - Marcia Brown, American children's author, illustrator, and three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal.

  • 1922 - Louis R. Harlan, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian who won a  Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Booker T. Washington.

  • 1923 - Ashley Bryan, American writer and illustrator of children's books, best known for his books based on African and African-American folklore.

  • 1933 - David Storey, English playwright, screenwriter, and Booker Prize-winning novelist who was also a former professional rugby player.

  • 1934 - Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka, Noble Prize-winning Nigerian playwright and poet.

  • 1938 - Helga Königsdorf, German author and physicist; her published works include novels, short-story collections, and nonfiction books about science and mathematics.

  • 1946 - Anna Grossnickle Hines, American author and illustrator of children's books.

  • 1948 - Tony Kornheiser, American sportswriter, sports analyst, columnist, broadcaster, and author.

  • 1957 - Cameron Crowe, American actor, film director, author, and screenwriter who was an editor at Rolling Stone magazine; he is married to musician Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart.

  • 1957 - Jane Hamilton, American novelist and short-story writer whose first two books, The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, gained fame as Oprah's Book Club picks.

  • 1973 - Carolyn Mackler, American author of bestselling teen novels.


Hamilton - Map of the WorldMackler - The Earth, My Butt & Other Big Round ThingsHarlan - Booker T WashingtonBrown - Cinderella

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July 12 Writer Birthdays

Neruda - Intimacies
July 12 Writer Birthdays


  • 1817 - Henry David Thoreau, American author, essayist, poet, and philosopher, best known for his works Walden and Civil Disobedience.

  • 1876 - Max Jacob, French poet, painter, writer, and critic whose work is seen as an important link between the symbolism and surrealism; despite the fact that the Jewish-born Jacob had converted to Catholicism decades earlier, he was arrested by the Gestapo and died while awaiting deportation to a concentration camp.

  • 1892 - Bruno Schulz, Polish writer, artist, literary critic, and art teacher who is considered one of the great Polish-language prose stylists of the 20th century.

  • 1904 - Pablo Neruda, pen name and, later, legal name of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, diplomat, and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto; Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez called him "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language."

  • 1909 - Herbert Zim, naturalist, author, and educator best known as founder and editor of the Golden Guides nature books for children.

  • 1918 - Betty Sue Cummings, author of books of history and of fiction for both adults and children.

  • 1920 - Pierre Berton, Canadian nonfiction author, journalist, and television personality.

  • 1928 - Tayeb Salih, Sudanese novelist, broadcaster, and teacher.

  • 1933 - Donald Westlake, American writer of mostly crime fiction; he also wrote under many pseudonyms, including Richard Stark and Alan Marshall.

  • 1937 - Bill Cosby, controversial actor, comedian, educator, and activist who has written many books, including books of comedy; nonfiction about children, parenting, education, and family relationships; and fiction for children; his reputation as the quintessential family man has been shattered in recent years by accusations of multiple incidents of sexual assault and rape.

  • 1939 - Phillip Andrew Hedley Adams, Australian columnist, broadcaster, and farmer; In 1997 the International Astronomical Union named a minor planet orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter after him.

  • 1944 - Delia Ephron, bestselling American author, screenwriter, and playwright; sister of writer Nora Ephron.

  • 1946 - Robert Fisk, Beirut-based English journalist.

  • 1951 - Joan Bauer, Newbery Honor-winning American author of young adult literature.

  • 1955 - Timothy Garton Ash, British historian, professor, author and commentator who specializes in modern history of Central and Eastern Europe.

  • 1967 - Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short-story writer.


Bauer - SquashedThoreau - WaldenCosby - Love and MarriageAsh - Facts Are Subversive

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Teaser Tuesday: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• On your blog or other social media, share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• 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! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday. Post a link at www.ThePurpleBooker.com/ as a response to the week's Teaser Tuesday.


Every year or two, I re-read all the Harry Potter books. Currently I'm on the fourth volume, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire. My teaser is from the first page of the chapter "Padfoot Returns," and takes place just after Harry and the other Triwizard Tournament champions complete the second task, rescuing friends and loved ones from the merpeople in the depths of the lake near Hogwarts castle. Harry's friend Ron was the person Harry was supposed to rescue, a task requiring him to hold his breath for an hour and confront various underwater creatures in addition to the fierce merpeople. Because he was one of the hostages, Ron is frequently asked to recount the tale of what happened.

"At first, he gave what seemed to be the truth; it tallied with Hermione's story, anyway — Dumbledore had put all the hostages into a bewitched sleep in Professor McGonagall's office, first assuring them that they would be quite safe, and would awake when they were back above the water. One week later, however, Ron was telling a thrilling tale of kidnap in which he struggled single-handedly against fifty heavily armed merpeople who had to beat him into submission before tying him up."

― Acceptance, by Jeff Vandermeet

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July 10 Writer Birthdays

Proust - Swann&apos;s Way
July 10 Writer Birthdays


  • 1509 - John Calvin, French theologian, pastor, and reformer who wrote bible commentaries, treatises, and many of the foundation documents for reformed churches.

  • 1856 - Nikola Tesla, Serbian/Austrian/American scientist, inventor, and engineer who wrote books and articles about his work, including an autobiography; he is best known for his work with electricity; among his discoveries: fluorescent light, laser beams, wireless communications, remote control, and more; his alternating-current induction motor is considered one of the ten greatest inventions ever, and a unit of magnetic field strength is named tesla after him. His mother, Djuka Mandic, was also an inventor, despite the fact that she was illiterate.

  • 1871 - Marcel Proust, French novelist and short-story writer, best known for his seven-volume autobiographical stream-of-consciousness novel, À la recherche du temps perdu, which is currently translated as In Search of Lost Time but is also known as Remembrance of Things Past. He died before he could complete the last three volumes; they were edited by his brother and published posthumously.

  • 1875 - Edmund Clerihew Bentley, English novelist and humorist; after whom is named the clerihew, an irregular form of humorous verse on biographical topics; he is also credited with writing the first modern detective novel.

  • 1885 - Mary O'Hara, American author of fiction and nonfiction, screenwriter, rancher, pianist, and composer; her most famous book is My Friend Flicka.

  • 1903 - John Wyndham, pen name of John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris, an English science fiction writer known for post-apocalyptic novels; he also wrote under the names John Beynon and Lucas Parkes.

  • 1905 - Mildred Wirt Benson, American journalist and children's book author who wrote 23 early Nancy Drew detective mystery books under the pen name Carolyn Keene; she also wrote many other books and was a pilot, amateur archaeologist, and adventurer.

  • 1916 - Martin Provensen, Caldecott Medal-winning American writer and illustrator of children's books, who collaborated with his wife Mildred on many titles.

  • 1922 - Jean Kerr, American author and playwright whose best-known book was a collection of humorous essays, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, which was made into a film and TV series; she was married to Pulitzer Prize-winning drama critic Walter Kerr.

  • 1926 - Fred Gwynne, six-foot, five-inch American actor best known as television's Herman Munster; he also wrote and illustrated children's books.

  • 1931 - Julian Clare May, An American science fiction, fantasy, horror, and children's book author who has also written science articles for encyclopedias and two episodes of the Buck Rogers comic strip.

  • 1931 - Alice Munro, Nobel Prize-winning Canadian short-story author.

  • 1951 - Arja Uusitalo, Finnish poet, journalist, editor, and broadcaster who wrote in Swedish as well as Finnish.



Munro - The Moons of JupiterProvenson - Book of Fairy TalesKerr - Please Don&apos;t Eat the DaisiesKeene (Benson) - Secret of the Old Clock


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July 9 Writer Birthdays

Radcliffe - A Sicilian Romance
July 9 Writer Birthdays


  • 1764 - Anne Radcliffe, English author and pioneer of the Gothic novel; she was the most popular author of her day, but not much is known about her life because she was so reclusive. Poet Christina Rossetti tried to write her biography but abandoned the project because so little information was available.

  • 1775 - Matthew Lewis, English Gothic novelist and playwright who was wildly successful with his novel, The Monk, earning him the nickname "Monk Lewis," though critics condemned its horror, violence, and eroticism.

  • 1887 - Samuel Eliot Morison, a retired Navy Rear Admiral, he was also a maritime historian who won Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies of Christopher Columbus and John Paul Jones.

  • 1893 - Dorothy Thompson, journalist, political commentator, columnist, women's suffrage activist, and radio broadcaster who was the first American journalist expelled from Nazi Germany; in 1939, Time magazine named her the second most influential woman in America (after Eleanor Roosevelt); her husbands included American Noble Prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis and Hungarian writer Joseph Bard; Thompson was often called "The First Lady of American Journalism" and was the model for title character in Woman of the Year, played by Katharine Hepburn in the film and Lauren Bacall in the stage production.

  • 1901 - Barbara Cartland, English romance author who held the Guinness Book records for most novels written in a year and for bestselling author of all time; she also wrote cookbooks and even nonfiction books about nutrition and vitamins; in addition, she was an advocate for the rights of gypsies, and for better wages and working conditions for midwives and nurses, and she helped create the first aeroplane-towed glider airmail, earning an award for her contributions to the development of aviation.

  • 1903 - Arthur Walworth, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Woodrow Wilson who also wrote about China and Japan.

  • 1911 - Mervyn Peake, Chinese-born English writer and illustrator, most well known for his Gormenghast series, a work of dark fantasy, and his illustrations for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

  • 1933 - Oliver Sacks, British-American neurologist, professor, and writer whose books explore the science of the brain.

  • 1936 - June Millicent Jordan, Jamaican-American poet, columnist, teacher, memoirist, and activist.

  • 1945 - Dean R. Koontz, bestselling American author known for his suspense novels.

  • 1953 - Thomas Ligotti, American horror writer and editor.

  • 1966 - Amélie Nothomb, Belgian novelist who writes in French; her parents were diplomats, her grandfather was writer, poet, and politician Pierre Nothomb, and her sister is children's author and culinary writer Juliette Nothomb.

  • 1967 - John Rocco, American author and illustrator of children's books, best known for illustrating the Percy Jackson series.

Sacks - Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatCartland - Love is the EnemyKoontz - Brother Odd
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The Piano Project

We got back into town yesterday to find a piano set up on the corner of Mount Vernon Avenue near Pat Miller Square (the Del Ray Farmer's Market lot). Love it! The piano — donated by Jennifer Sands Atkins and painted by George Washington Middle School art students — will be there for several weeks, for anyone to play. What a terrific addition to the neighborhood!

My musical son, Jon Morgan, immediately sat down last night and entertained Del Ray with some Chopin and Grieg. He played again this morning during the Farmer's Market (for those who like their tomatoes and peaches with a side of classical music) and again this evening, after his actual piano lesson.

He is not the only one to take advantage of the streetside piano. At the farmer's market this morning, I was working at the voter registration table, set up right next to the piano.

A college student who said he remembered only one song from his piano-lesson days sat down to play an excellent rendition of "The Entertainer." One guy played Fur Elise, with more heart than skill. Another performed a few measures of "Stairway to Heaven." And a woman stayed for some time, playing various hits of the 70s by James Taylor, the Beach Boys, and others, as well as a few older pieces. She even enlisted me to play the easy part of Chopsticks while she did the harmony. And a lot of kids stopped by just to bang on the keys, with big smiles on their faces.

The piano will remain on the corner through the Del Ray Music Festival on July 22, 2017. The Piano Project one of several interactive public art projects that have come to Del Ray in recent years.




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July 8 Writer Birthdays

Fontaine - Fables of De La Fontaine
July 8 Writer Birthdays


  • 1621 - Jean de la Fontaine, French fabulist poet whose collections of fables and poems are still widely read and who also wrote books of stories whose sexual content led to them being were banned by French authorities; before his death he re-embraced Catholicism and publicly denounced his work, going so far as to burn his newest comedy.

  • 1893 - R. Carlyle Buley, educator and Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian and author whose best known works dealt with the settlement of the American West; he also wrote a book about the history of life insurance.

  • 1917 - J.F. Powers, National Book Award-winning American novelist and short-story writer whose best known stories took inspiration from the lives of Catholic priests.

  • 1926 - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Swiss-American psychiatrist, known for her book On Death and Dying, in which she proposed the now well-known Kubler-Ross model of grieving, commonly known as the Five Stages of Grief.

  • 1929 - Shirley Ann Grau, Pulitzer Prize-winning, National Book Award-nominated American author of novels and short stories who wrote about the Deep South, focusing on issues of race and gender; when a representative from the Pulitzer Prize committee called to tell her she'd won, she hung up on him, thinking it was a joke.

  • 1933 - James Cross Giblin, editor and author of children's nonfiction books, including many biographies.

  • 1948 - Raffi, Stage name of Raffi Cavoukian, Egyptian-born Canadian singer-songwriter who has a line of children's books tied to his song lyrics; he has also written several books for adults.

  • 1952 - Anna Marie Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling American novelist, journalist, and columnist.

  • 1952 - Marianne Williamson, bestselling American author, spiritual teacher, lecturer, and political candidate; she also officiated at one of actress Elizabeth Taylor's weddings.

  • 1955 - Susan Price, British author of books for children and teens, including science fiction, fantasy, ghost stories, historical fiction, and folktales.

  • 1959 - Tom Egeland, Norwegian novelist and screenwriter known especially for his thrillers; his most famous novel, published in English as Relic, bears some similarities to Dan Brown's bestselling Da Vinci Code, leading to speculation that Brown plagiarized Egeland's book (which was published first) but Egeland chalks up the similarities to coincidence and a reliance on the same reference works.

  • 1982 - Pendleton Ward, screenwriter, animator, producer, and voice actor for cartoons.

Giblin - The Boy Who Saved ClevelandQuindlen - Still Life With Bread CrumbsGrau - Keeper of the House
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