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June 17 Writer Birthdays

Gay - Read Me a Story, Stella
June 17 Writer Birthdays

  • 1797 - Alexandre Vinet, Swiss literary critic and theologian who advocated for religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

  • 1867 - Henry Lawson, Australian poet and short-story writer.

  • 1871 - James Weldon Johnson, American author, poet, educator, civil-rights activist, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and NAACP leader.

  • 1880 - Carl Van Vechten, American music and dance critic, novelist, and nonfiction writer; portrait photographer for some of the best-known writers, musicians, and intellectuals of his day; he was also a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and literary executor for Gertrude Stein

  • 1914 - John Hersey, American journalist whose first novel, A Bell for Adano, won the Pulitzer Prize.

  • 1933 - Harry Browne, author of books about investing; Libertarian Party nominee for U.S. President.

  • 1937 - Robbie Nell, Tilley Branscum, Edgar Award-winning American writer of children's books and young adult fiction.

  • 1947 - Linda Chavez, American author, commentator, columnist, and talk-show host.

  • 1945 - Art Bell, American author who hosts a paranormal-themed radio show.

  • 1952 - Marie-Louise Gay, Canadian children's book writer and illustrator.

  • 1955 - Alan Taylor, American historian and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

  • 1980 - Jeph Jacques, webcomic writer and illustrator.

Johnson - Black ManhattanHersey - Bell for Adano

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Hopeful News on the House Front

June 15th, 2018 (03:41 pm)

Earlier this week I posted about a house in our neighborhood that I wanted to buy but could not, because other bids were coming in and we could not afford to offer more than the asking price. Today we learned that only one of the expected offers came in, and that one has fallen through. So it's still on the market.

After speaking today with our financial adviser and our real estate agent, we've decided to make an offer. We're offering below asking price, and we want a contingency for selling our house, and for getting a home inspection before the offer is final. We know there are repairs to be made and want to make sure we'll have enough money left to pay for them.

So tonight our real estate agent is drawing up the papers. I've got emails in to the mortgage guy and our financial adviser about a particular type of loan. I'm hoping they'll be able to run the numbers and come up with a deal we can afford.

So it's far from final, but at least there's a chance. If this doesn't work out, I'm thinking we should make an offer on another one we've been looking at. It's outside of our neighborhood, and I will be loathe to leave Del Ray. But there just aren't a lot of options.

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June 14 Writer Birthdays

Stowe - Uncle Tom&apos;s Cabin
June 14 Writer Birthdays

  • 1811 - Harriet Beecher Stowe, American abolitionist and author, known for the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

  • 1899 - Yasunari Kawabata, Nobel Prize-winning Japanese novelist and short-story writer.

  • 1904 - Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer, documentary photographer, and autobiographer.

  • 1923 - Anne Judith Kerr, German-born British writer and illustrator of children's picture books and teen novels.

  • 1928 - Che Guevara, Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military strategist who chronicled his travels in a memoir.

  • 1928 - Janice May Udry, American author of children's books.

  • 1929 - Lensey Chao Namioka, Chinese-born mathematician and American writer of children's books.

  • 1933 - Jerzy Kosiński, National Book Award-winning Polish-born American novelist.

  • 1939 - Peter Mayle, British author best known for his semi-autobiographical novels about living in Provence.

  • 1945 - Joan Silber, American novelist and short-story writer.

  • 1947 - Kat Martin, American romance novelist who also writes under the pen names Kathy Lawrence and Kasey Marx.

  • 1948 - Laurence Yep, Newbery Award-winning Chinese-American author of novels for children and teens.

  • 1949 - Harry Turtledove, American novelist known for his historical fiction, alternate history, science fiction, and fantasy.

  • 1957 - Mona Simpson, American novelist and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist who first met her brother, the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, when she was 25 years old.

  • 1978 - Diablo Cody, American author and Oscar-winning screenwriter.

Yep - DragonwingsTurtledove - Guns of the SouthKosinski - The Painted Bird

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Not Going To Happen

June 12th, 2018 (11:40 am)

Rats. We finally found a house in our neighborhood. A house I love, less than two blocks from where we are now. And we will not be buying it. The agent notified our agent this morning that the deadline for bids is 4 pm today. We can barely swing the asking price, but not if the needed repairs are too costly. And there just isn't time to get estimates on what they would cost. In any case, with multiple bids coming in today, there will probably be a bidding war, and it will go above asking price, into a realm we cannot possibly afford. I'm so bummed.

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June 12 Writer Birthdays

June 12 Writer Birthdays

  • 1524 - Achilles Statius (or Aquiles Estaço), Portuguese humanist and writer who moved to Rome, where he was a secretary to the Pope.

  • 1819 - Charles Kingsley, English minister, historian and novelist.

  • 1827 - Johanna Spyri, Swiss author of children's stories, best known for the classic work Heidi.

  • 1892 - Djuna Barnes, American writer of the 20th century Modernist movement.

  • 1914 - Mohammad Moin, prominent Iranian scholar of Persian literature and Iranian Studies.

  • 1929 - Brigid Antonia Brophy, Lady Levey, English novelist, critic, and social reformer whose works reflected her feminist, pacifist leanings and expressed controversial opinions on marriage, the Vietnam War, animal rights, religion, and education.

  • 1929 - Anne Frank, German-born Jewish Holocaust victim and diarist.

  • 1931 - Rona Jaffe, American novelist columnist.

  • 1931 - Trevanian, Pen name of American writer Rodney William Whitaker, who wrote in a variety of genres.

  • 1953 - Tess Gerritsen, Chinese-American novelist and retired physician who started out writing romances, but shifted to medical thrillers.

  • 1961 - Jim Goad, American author known for controversial viewpoints in work like The Redneck Manifesto.

  • 1965 - Wendy Holden (also known as Taylor Holden), British journalist and bestselling novelist,

  • 1973 - Tilly Bagshawe (born Matilda Emily N. Bagshawe), a British freelance journalist and author

  • 1979 - Dmitry A. Glukhovsky, Russian author, journalist, and radio personality whose novel Metro 2033 has been made into a video game.

  • 1985 - Kyle Higgins, American comic book writer and film director, best known for work on the Batman franchise at DC Comics.

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June 11 Writer Birthdays

June 11 Writer Birthdays

  • 1851 - Mary Augusta Ward (née Arnold), Australian-born British novelist who wrote as Mrs. Humphry Ward.

  • 1877 - Renée Vivien (born Pauline Mary Tarn), British Symbolist poet who wrote in the French language.

  • 1899 - Yasunari Kawabata, Nobel Prize-winning Japanese novelist, best known for Snow Country.

  • 1910 - Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, filmmaker, author, and conservationist.

  • 1925 - William Styron, American author; winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

  • 1932 - Athol Fugard, South African playwright and novelist, known for his opposition to apartheid.

  • 1933 - Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman), popular American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter, and author.

  • 1939 - Christina Crawford, American writer and actress, daughter of Joan Crawford, and author of the book Mommie Dearest, chronicling their abusive relationship.

  • 1943 - Iain Sinclair, Welsh/British writer and filmmaker.

  • 1944 - Marjorie B. Garber, Harvard professor who has authored a variety of books, most notably about William Shakespeare and popular culture.

  • 1945 - Robert Munsch, American-born Canadian children's author.

  • 1947 - Bill Findlay, Scottish playwright and translator.

  • 1947 - Israel Sham (also known as Jöran Jermas and Adam Ermash), a Siberian-born Swedish/Israeli writer and journalist who comments on Arab/Israeli relations and Jewish culture.

  • 1955 - Duncan Steel, British/Australian scientist and author of popular works on science.

  • 1960 - Mehmet Oz, American/Turkish surgeon, television personality, and author.

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Musing Monday

It's Musing Monday!

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by the Purple Booker that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…

  • Up next I think I’ll read…

  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…

  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…

  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…

  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…

  • I wish I could read ___, but…

  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I'm ignoring those prompts and answering this week's Random Question instead:
If you could live in any book universe which would it be?

My Answer:
That's an easy one. I'd go to Hogwarts!

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June 4 Writer Birthdays

June 4 Writer Birthdays

Fulghum - All I Really Need To Know I Learned in KindergartenSidman - Red Sings From TreetopsPhillips - Londonistan

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May 31 Writer Birthdays

May 31 Writer Birthdays

  • 1773 - Johann Ludwig Tieck, German poet, translator, editor, novelist, writer, and critic; one of the founding fathers of the Romantic movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

  • 1819 - Walt Whitman, American poet whose best-known collection is Leaves of Grass.

  • 1887 - Saint-John Perse, Nobel Prize-winning French poet.

  • 1889 - Helen Jane Waddell, Tokyo-born Irish poet, translator, and playwright.

  • 1892 - Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky (Константин Георгиевич Паустовский), Nobel Prize-nominated Russian Soviet writer, journalist, and novelist.

  • 1893 - Elizabeth Coatsworth, American author of fiction and poetry whose novel The Cat Who Went to Heaven won the Newbery Medal.

  • 1898 - Norman Vincent Peale, Minister and author, most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking.

  • 1915 - Judith Wright, Australian poet, environmentalist, and human rights activist.

  • 1919 - Robie Mayhew Macauley, editor, novelist, and critic.

  • 1924 - Patricia Jean "Patsy" Adam-Smith, Australian author, historian and servicewoman who wrote on a range of subjects covering history, folklore, and the preservation of national tradition, in addition to writing her autobiography in two parts.

  • 1925 - Julian Beck, American actor, director, poet, and painter.

  • 1933 - Gary Brandner, American horror author best known for his werewolf themed novel trilogy, The Howling.

  • 1945 - Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German movie director, screenwriter, and actor; one of the key figures of the New German Cinema.

  • 1945 - Bernard Richard Goldberg (also known as Bernie Goldberg), multiple Emmy Award-winning American writer, journalist, sports correspondent, and political pundit.

  • 1947 - Phillip Hoose, Newbery Honor-winning American author of books for adults and children, best known for a children's biography of Claudette Colvin.

  • 1948 - Svetlana Alexievich, Belarusian author, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for "her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."

  • 1953 - José Jaime Maussan Flota, Mexican journalist and leading ufologist.

  • 1960 - Christopher Nash Elliott, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter, best known for his comedic sketches on Late Night With David Letterman.

  • 1968 - John Connolly, Irish writer; author of the Charlie Parker detective series.

  • 1982 - Ian Flynn (also known by his Internet pen name Ian Potto), American comic writer; chief writer for Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog.

  • 1985 - Amru Salahuddien (عمرو صلاح الدين‎), an Egyptian painter, photojournalist, and writer.

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May 27 Writer Birthdays

May 27 Writer Birthdays

  • 1819 - Julia Ward Howe, prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet who authored "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

  • 1867 - Arnold Bennett, English novelist who has an omelette named after him at the Savoy Hotel in London.

  • 1876 - Antoni Ferdynand Ossendowski, Polish writer, journalist, traveler, globetrotter, explorer, and university professor who is best known for his books about Lenin and the Russian Civil War,

  • 1884 - Max Brod, German-speaking Czech and Jewish (later Israeli) author, composer, and journalist who is most famous as friend and biographer of Franz Kafka.

  • 1894 - Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Pen name of French novelist Louis Feridinand August Destouches.

  • 1894 - Dashiell Hammett, American detective fiction novelist, best known for The Maltese Falcon.

  • 1907 - Rachel Carson, American marine biologist, environmentalist, writer, and activist; her book The Silent Spring is credited with starting the global environmental movement.

  • 1912 - John Cheever, Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning American novelist and short-story writer.

  • 1915 - Herman Wouk, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and nonfiction author whose most popular works include The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of War.

  • 1925 - Tony Hillerman, American author of detective novels; primarily his Navajo Tribal Police mysteries.

  • 1930 - John Barth, American novelist and short story writer, known for the postmodernist and metafictional qualities of his work.

  • 1931 - Ottaplakkal Nambiyadikkal Velu Kurup (known as O.N.V. Kurup or simply O.N.V.) - Malayalam poet and lyricist from Kerala, India, who is considered one of the finest lyrical poets in India.

  • 1934 - Harlan Ellison, American author of speculative fiction, novelist, screenwriter, and winner of multiple Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars.

  • 1937 - Andrei Georgiyevich Bitov, Russian novelist and poet.

  • 1940 - Edmund Morris, Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer; biographer of Theodore Roosevelt.

  • 1945 - Anthony Pagden, American author, translator, and professor.

  • 1966 - Heston Blumenthal, English chef and cookbook author.

  • 1984 - Adam Davenport, American short-story writer, film director, screenwriter, and stage actor.

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May 26 Writer Birthdays

May 26 Writer Birthdays

  • 1887 - Leonard Bacon, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, translator, and literary critic who sometimes used the pen name Autholycus.

  • 1905 - Ruth M. Arthur, Scottish author of children's and young-adult fiction.

  • 1915 - Antonia Forest, pseudonym of British children's book author Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubenstein.

  • 1933 - Edward Whittemore, American novelist and CIA agent.

  • 1934 - Sheila Greenwald, American children's book author and illustrator whose real name is Sheila Ellen Green.

  • 1934 - Ann Schlee, Booker Prize-winning British novelist, best known for her children's books.

  • 1947 - Carol O'Connell, American author of crime novels who was an art major but turned to writing when her painting career failed.

  • 1951 - Sally Ride, physicist and astronaut who also wrote science books for children; the first American woman in space, she also remains the youngest American astronaut in space.

  • 1954 - Alan Hollinghurst, Booker Prize-winning British novelist, poet, short-story writer, and translator.

  • 1964 - Caitlín Kiernan, Irish-born American paleontologist and author of dark fantasy and science-fiction novels, short stories, and comic books; winner of multiple World Fantasy and Bram Stoker awards.

  • 1981 - Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy, identical twins who write fiction and nonfiction books for children and teens, including a co-written series of books about a pair of twins, in which each sister writes the part of one twin.

Whittemore - Jericho MosaicRide - Voyager, an Adenture to the Edge of the Solar SystemKiernan - Confessions of a 5-Chambered HeartDeVillers & Roy - Trading Faces

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May 22 Writer Birthdays

May 22 Writer Birthdays

  • 1808 - Gérard de Nerval, pen name of French writer, translator, essayist, and Romantic poet Gérard Labrunie.

  • 1859 - Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and writer, best known for his Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

  • 1907 - Hergé, Pen name of Belgian comic-book artist Georges Prosper Remi, creator of The Adventures of Tintin.

  • 1914 - Vance Packard, American journalist, editor, and author who wrote a popular series on sociology.

  • 1927 - Peter Matthiessen, National Book Award-winning American novelist, naturalist, wilderness writer, and CIA agent; co-founded The Paris Review, which he started as a cover for his CIA activities.

  • 1933 - Arnold Lobel, Caldecott Medal-winning American children's author and illustrator, known for the "Frog and Toad" picture books.

  • 1934 - Gary Wills, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, and historian, specializing in US history, politics, and religion, especially the history of the Roman Catholic Church; best known for his book, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America.

  • 1944 - Lynn Barber, British journalist, magazine writer and editor, and memoirist.

  • 1944 - John Flanagan, Australian fantasy writer.

  • 1947 - Anthony Holden, British author, literary critic, translator, biographer, broadcaster, and poker player; 1st president of the International Federation of Poker.

  • 1959 - Andy Andrews, American novelist, self-help author, and motivational speaker.

  • 1972 - Max Brooks, horror author and screenwriter; son of comedy filmmaker Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft.

  • 1976 - Shane Koyczan, Canadian poet and "talk rock" artist.

Lobel - Frog & Toad Are FriendsDoyle - The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesWills - Lincoln at Gettysburg

P.S.: It's also the birthday of American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt (1844-1926).

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