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April 24 Writer Birthdays

Trollope - Barchester TowersApril 24 Writer Birthdays



  • 1815 - Anthony Trollope, popular Victorian-era novelist, known for books set in fictional Barsetshire.

  • 1845 - Carl Spitteler, Nobel Prize-winning Swiss poet who also wrote as Carl Felix Tandem.

  • 1862 - A.C. Benson, English essayist, poet, author and educator.

  • 1900 - Elizabeth Goudge, English author of novels & children's books.

  • 1905 - Robert Penn Warren, American novelist and poet; winner of three Pulitzer Prizes; the only person ever to have won for both poetry and prose. Best known for his novel, All the King's Men, ranked by Modern Library as the 36th greatest novel of the 20th century.

  • 1908 - George Oppen, American poet and Pulitzer Prize winner.

  • 1911 - Evaline Ness, Caldecott Medal-winning children's book author and illustrator.

  • 1923 - Doris Burn, American children's book author and Illustrator.

  • 1924 - Sir Clement Freud, German-born English writer, politician, broadcaster, and chef, known for the children's book Grimble; grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. He married June Flewett, who was C.S. Lewis's inspiration for the character Lucy in the Chronicles of Narnia.

  • 1934 - Shirley MacLaine, Oscar and Emmy Award-winning American actress, and author of new-age autobiographies; her brother is actor/director Warren Beatty.

  • 1939 - Brian Garfield, American novelist, nonfiction writer, and screenwriter who has also used pen names Brian Wynne and Frank Wynne.

  • 1940 - Sue Grafton, bestselling American novelist known especially for her "alphabet mysteries."

  • 1953 - Eric Bogosian, playwright and novelist.

  • 1970 - Simone Elkeles, author of teen romances.

  • 1973 - Damon Lindelof, screenwriter and producer best known as head writer for the TV show Lost and as writer of Star Trek Into Darkness.

    Goudge - Little White Horse, Secret of Moon AcreWarren - All the King&quot;s MenMaclaine - Dancing in the LightGrafton - A Is For AlibiLost tv logo

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    Teaser Tuesday: A Girl Named Zippy


    • 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.



    I'm reading A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana, Haven Kimmel's very funny memoir of her childhood in a small and quirky midwestern town. In this passage, on page 270, Haven, known as "Zippy," is agonizing about her Christmas present from Santa. She has asked him for a piano, but she's pretty sure she isn't going to get one, and is mentally ticking off the reasons why asking for it was a bad idea.


    "What if Santa was actually mad at me for asking him to carry such a thing as a piano all the way from the North Pole? What if flying it around caused one of the reindeer to founder, and Santa had to stop and shoot it in the head?"

    ― A Girl Named Zippy
    by Haven Kimmel

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