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November 20 Writer Birthdays

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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Late-Night SheNaNogans

November 19th, 2017 (06:49 pm)

It's November, also known as National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. I've been pushing hard to make some progress on my science fiction novel this month. And while I won't come close to 50,000 words this month, I might make half that, which would be OK with me; that would be 25,000 words that I didn't have on October 31.

Friday night was a crazy NaNo event, the all-night write-in at a 24-hour IHOP in Fairfax. I had always wanted to go to one of these! The event was billed as 6 pm to 6 am, though most people didn't stay for the entire 12 hours. I arrived around 7:30. At our most populous point, we had probably had close to two dozen writers there. By 3:30, when I gave up and headed home, six writers remained.

But I did manage to make some headway on my storyline, and to figure out the solutions to some pesky plotting problems.

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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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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.

    • 1933 - James D. Houston, American Book Award-winning novelist, poet, editor, and professor; one of his best known books is Farewell to Manzanar, coauthored with his wife, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, about her family's forced internment at a camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II; he also wrote Snow Mountain Passage, about the Donner Party.

    • 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, 2017

    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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    November 4 Writer Birthdays

    November 4 Writer Birthdays

    • 1802 - Rosina Bulwer Lytton (born Rosina Doyle Wheeler) English author of 14 novels, a volume of essays, and a volume of letters; she married Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a novelist and politician known for coining the book opening, "It was a dark and stormy night..."; after their separation, she published the novel Cheveley, or the Man of Honour, which bitterly caricatured him. Her mother was Anna Doyle Wheeler, writer and advocate for women's rights.

    • 1862 - Eden Phillpotts, Indian-born English author, poet, and dramatist.

    • 1879 - Will Rogers (William Penn Adair Rogers), American writer, actor, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator.

    • 1903 - Watchman Nee (倪柝聲), Chinese Christian author and church leader.

    • 1906 - Sterling North, American author best known for his memoir, Rascal.

    • 1916 - Walter Leland Cronkite Jr., an American broadcast journalist and author, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News; he was often called "the most trusted man in America."

    • 1925 - Ritwik Ghatak, Bengali Indian filmmaker and script writer, notable for his meticulous depiction of social reality.

    • 1929 - Shakuntala Devi, Indian writer, mental calculator, and child prodigy, popularly known as the "human computer"; her talent earned her a place in The Guinness Book of World Records.

    • 1933 - Sir Charles K. Kao, Nobel Prize-winning Chinese-born American electrical engineer and physicist who has written on optical communication technology, laying the foundation for the evolution of the internet; he is considered the Father of Fiber Optics and the Godfather of Broadband.

    • 1936 - C.K. Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.

    • 1939 - Gail E. Haley, Caldecott Medal-winning American children's author and illustrator.

    • 1946 - Alexander "Alex" Shoumatoff, American writer known for literary journalism and books and articles about nature and the  environment.

    • 1950 - Charles Frazier, American historical novelist, best known for his Civil War novel Cold Mountain.

    • 1958 - Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Guatemalan short-story writer.

    • 1967 - Kate Cary, British author who, under the pen name Erin Hunter, writes books in the popular "Warriors" novels for young adults.

    • 1968 - M.T. Anderson, National Book Award-winning American author of young-adult books.

    • 1986 - Kristin Cast, bestselling American author of young-adult books.

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    November 2 Writer Birthdays

    November 2 Writer Birthdays

    1758 — Ryokan Taigu, eccentric Japanese poet and calligrapher who was a Zen Buddhist monk.

    1847 — Georges Sorel, French philosopher and theorist whose ideas about the power of myth influenced Marxists and Fascists.

    1906 — Daniil Leonidovich Andreyev, German-born Russian writer, poet, and Christian mystic.

    1911 — Odysseas Elytis, Nobel Prize-winning Greek poet.

    1919 — Jorge de Sena, Portuguese poet, essayist, and playwright.

    1927 — Steve Ditko, American comic book writer and artist who co-created (with comic legend Stan Lee) Marvel Comics heroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

    1928 — Paul Bede Johnson, English journalist, historian, speechwriter, and author.

    1935 — Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Bengali/Indian author of stories for children and adults.

    1941 — Arun Shourie, Indian journalist, author, economist, and politician.

    1946 — Michelle Cliff, Jamaican novelist, short story writer, poet, and literary critic whose works explore issues of post-Colonial identity.

    1949 — Lois McMaster Bujold, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American author of fantasy and science fiction, best known for the Vorkosigan Saga.

    1951 — Thomas Mallon, American novelist, nonfiction writer, and critic, best known for books of history and historical fiction.

    1957 — Alyssa Satin Capucilli, American children's book writer, best known for the Biscuit books for early readers.

    1962 — David Brock, American author and neo-liberal political pundit.

    1965 — Laura Victoria Albert, American author of novels and short stories attributed to a drug-addicted transgender teenage prostitute named J.T. LeRoy; she wrote "autobiographical" works by LeRoy for six years, until the literary hoax was finally uncovered in 2005.

    1970 — Lucy Hawking, English journalist, novelist, educator, and philanthropist; she is the daughter of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and writer Jane Wilde Hawking.

    Capucilli - Biscuit Story Collection.jpg

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    Halloween Happenings 2017!

    November 1st, 2017 (11:19 pm)

    Halloween was yesterday. Alas, the Crazy Halloween House down the street is no more. The family moved away and sold all of the thousands of crazy decorations.

    But my neighbor Dana has made a valiant effort to uphold the reputation of the neighborhood, with his front yard filled with witches in a graveyard, animated zombies rising from their coffins, dry ice for ghostly effects, and more. Did I mention that he's the city sheriff? I guess that means local law enforcement is on record as being pro-Zombie Apocalypse. Or maybe just as being prepared for it.

    Unfortunately, the Del Ray Halloween Parade, scheduled for October 29, the Sunday before the holiday, had to be postponed until next week because of bad weather. So we haven't yet heard the results of the Best Decorated Yard contest. My disembodied fingers are crossed for Dana's house.

    Bob and I were also supposed to lead a group of T.C. Williams High School Orchestra students in busking along Mount Vernon Ave, in costume, after the parade. That, too, has been postponed until next Sunday. I hope it doesn't seem anticlimactic by then.

    I did dress up for Halloween. In fact, I spent the whole day dressed as Laura Ingalls Wilder, and was surprised at the number of people who thought I was Holly Hobbie:

    Doesn't anyone read the Little House books anymore? What a shame. A few people recognized me. And, because Laura couldn't vote until Women's Suffrage came in when she was about my age, I even stopped by the voter registration office dressed as Laura, to cast my ballot (absentee-in-person) for next week's election. It's hard to park a covered wagon in Old Town.

    (Full disclosure: The photo at right was not actually taken on Halloween this year. I didn't take any photos of my costume yesterday, but I wore the same one to a Halloween party in 2013; the photo at right was taken that day.)

    Early in October, I'd attended Art on the Avenue, a huge arts festival here in the neighborhood, along Mount Vernon Avenue. Every year there's a scarecrow making area. I made one that day, but I'd had to rush to finish it, and it was a pretty lame scarecrow.

    More recently I performed scarecrow surgery to cure its deformities, and was finally pleased with the effect. Well, "pleased" might be overstating the case. But my scarecrow is considerably less pathetic than before. On Halloween, I sat him outside by the Little Free Library. And I photographed the first Trick-or-Treaters of the night -- the kids who recently moved in across the street -- sitting with the scarecrow.

    It's November now, but until the parade next weekend, Halloween isn't really over. I probably won't go in full costume that day; I don't want to steal the orchestra kids' thunder. Maybe just a funny hat....


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    November 1 Writer Birthdays

    Crane - The Red Badge of Courage
    November 1 Writer Birthdays

    • 1661 - Florent Carton (aka Dancourt), French actor and playwright, best known for his work in comedy.

    • 1769 - Garlieb Helwig Merkel, Baltic German writer and activist who was forced into exile after he wrote a book that described the life of peasants and the atrocities of German landowners.

    • 1871 - Stephen Crane, U.S. war correspondent, novelist, short-story writer, and poet who pioneered the use of psychological realism in fiction.

    • 1880 - Sholem Asch, Polish-born Jewish novelist, dramatist, and essayist in the Yiddish language.

    • 1886 - Hermann Broch, Nobel Prize-nominated Austrian novelist of the Modernist movement.

    • 1886 - Sakutarō Hagiwara (萩原 朔太郎), Japanese poet, essayist, and literary critic who is credited with liberating Japanese free verse from traditional rules; he is considered the “father of modern colloquial poetry in Japan.”

    • 1892 - Mabel Leigh Hunt, librarian, children's author, and two-time Newbery Honor winner.

    • 1895 - David Jones, modernist British poet.

    • 1896 - Edmund Blunden, English poet, author, and critic.

    • 1923 - Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian science-fiction author best known for space opera.

    • 1926 - Hilary Knight, American writer-artist who wrote nine books and illustrated more than fifty; he is best known as the illustrator of the Eloise books.

    • 1938 - Nicholasa Mohr - American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and young-adult author whose work focuses on growing up in U.S. Puerto Rican communities and the difficulties faced by Puerto Rican women in the U.S.; one of the best known Puerto Rican American authors, she has been a finalist for the National Book Award.

    • 1954 - H.G. Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author.

    • 1962 - Kamaria S. Muntu (born Tracey De Sandra Martin), African-American feminist poet, writer, literary magazine editor, and arts activist.

    • 1978 - Jessica Valenti, American blogger and author of four books on women's issues.

    Dickson - The Dragon KnightHunt - Better Known as Johnny AppleseedThompson - Eloise

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    October 31 Writer Birthdays

    October 31 Writer Birthdays

    • Paterson - Bridge to Terabithia.jpg1795 - John Keats, English Romantic poet, considered one of the greats of English literature, though he started out as a medical student; he spent the last year of his life in Italy, and died there in 1821 at the age of 25.

    • 1876 - Natalie Clifford Barney, American playwright, poet, and novelist who lived as an expatriate in Paris; her Left Bank salon brought together writers and artists from around the world, including many leading figures in French literature along with American and British Modernists of the Lost Generation.

    • 1880 - Julia Peterkin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.1895 - Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart (better known as Captain B. H. Liddell Hart), French-born English soldier and military historian.

    • 1902 - Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet considered the most influential of the 20th century and one of the greatest Brazilian poets of all time.

    • 1920 - Dick Francis, British jockey and crime writer, whose works focus on horse racing in England.

    • 1925 - Lawrence A. Cremin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian and author.

    • 1932 - Katherine Paterson, American author of fiction for children and teens, best known for such works as Bridge to Terebithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins.

    • 1944 - Holly Hobbie (born Denise Holly Ulinskas; Hobbie was her actual married name), American author and illustrator of the "Toot & Puddle" books, and creator of the beloved character named for herself.

    • 1951 - Ziauddin Sardar, Pakistani-born, London-based scholar, writer and cultural critic who specialises in Muslim thought, the future of Islam, futures studies, and science and cultural relations; he has been named one of Britain's top 100 intellectuals.

    • 1955 - Susan Orlean, American author and journalist, best known for her novel The Orchid Thief.

    • 1959 - Neal Stephenson, American author of speculative fiction, known for such works as Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon.

    • 1964 - Frank Bruni, American journalist and NY Times restaurant critic.

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