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October 17 Writer Birthdays

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October 17 Writer Birthdays

  • 1711 - Jupiter Hammon, poet and slave who was the first African American to be a published writer in the United States.

  • 1719 - Jacques Cazotte, French author of romantic fiction, poety, and children's stories.

  • 1725 - John Wilkes, outspoken English journalist and politician.

  • 1813 - Georg Büchner, German playwright, poet, and author who was also a revolutionary, a natural scientist, and the brother of physician and philosopher Ludwig Büchner.

  • 1827 - Samuel Ringgold Ward, African-American abolitionist who escaped slavery to become a minister and author.

  • 1864 - Elinor Glyn, British novelist and scriptwriter whose romantic fiction was considered scandalous in her day.

  • 1898 - Simon Vestdijk, Dutch doctor who gave up medicine and became instead a novelist, poet, and essayist; he is considered one of the Netherlands' most important 20th century writers.

  • 1903 - Nathanael West (born Nathan Weinstein) American novelist, screenwriter, and satirist.

  • 1915 - Arthur Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, essayist, novelist, and screenwriter; his second wife was actress Marilyn Monroe.

  • 1917 - Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor.

  • 1920 - Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist, journalist, and newspaper editor.

  • 1930 - Jimmy Breslin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, columnist, and author.

  • 1946 - Drusilla Modjeska, English-born Australian writer and editor whose work often explores the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction.

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My Mother, the Fashion Model

October 17th, 2017 (04:10 pm)

My mother modeled two outfits in a fashion show in Williamsburg over the weekend. The fashion show was sponsored by Belk department store for Colonial Heritage, the retirement community where she lives. The theme was Hurray for Hollywood, and she modeled one glitzy Oscars dress and an ensemble with rain jacket and umbrella in honor of Singing in the Rain. She looks fabulous, especially in the sparkly blue number. Can you believe she's 79? Go, Mom!

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Teaser Tuesday: Stolen Things, by Stephen Parolini

• 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.

My teaser is from a novel I just finished reading,  my book club's selection for this month, Stolen Things, by Stephen Parolini. The teaser comes from page 155, with Raspberry Lynette Granby, also known as Berry, comments on the sleeping arrangements at her aunt's house, where she and her dad are staying. Berry sleeps in the living room, near the bookcase.

"'I like sleeping here,' Berry said. She turned to face the bookcase, ran her fingertips along the book spines like she was playing a harp. 'There's something about being close to books that makes me feel safe and unsafe at the same time.'"

― Stolen Things, by  Stephen Parolini

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