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August 28 Writer Birthdays

Say - Tree of Cranes
August 28 Writer Birthdays

  • 1749 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer, artist, lawyer, and politician whose work includes poetry; plays; literary criticism; a biography; treatises on botany, anatomy, and color; memoirs; and four novels.

  • 1864 - Mark Antony De Wolfe Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, biographer, and editor.

  • 1903 - Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-born American child psychologist and writer who gained international fame for his work on Freud, psychoanalysis, and emotionally disturbed children.

  • 1904 - Roger Duvoisin, Swiss-born American writer and illustrator, known for his picture books.

  • 1906 - Sir John Betjeman, English poet, writer, and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack," despite being named U.K. Poet Laureate.

  • 1908 - Roger Tory Peterson, American naturalist, ornithologist, author, artist, and educator who was one of the founding inspirations for the 20th-century environmental movement; his A Field Guide to Birds was first published in 1934 and has never been out of print.

  • 1913 - Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor.

  • 1915 - Tasha Tudor, American author and illustrator of children's books.

  • 1916 - Jack Vance, American author of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery novels; he has also been published under the names John Holbrook Vance, Ellery Queen, Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse; honors include multiple Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award, and designation by the Society of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA) as a Grand Master.

  • 1917 - Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg), American comic book artist, writer, and editor who co-created the Captain America character and was one of the major innovators and most influential creators in comic books.

  • 1924 - Ferdinand Nicolas "F.J." Monjo, National Book Award-winning American author of children's books.

  • 1925 - Janet Frame (real name Nene Janet Paterson Clutha), New Zealand author who wrote novels, short stories, poetry, juvenile fiction, and an autobiography.

  • 1937 - Allen Say, Japanese-born American children's author and illustrator, best know for his Caldecott award-winning picture book, Grandfather's Journey.

  • 1948 - Vonda McIntyre, American science fiction author who has written in both the Star Wars and Star Trek universes and who won a Nebula Award for her novel The Moon and the Sun.

  • 1952 - Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and author who was U.S. Poet Laureate.

  • 1957 - Ai Weiwei – Chinese artist, architect, critic, activist, writer, and blogger.

  • 1958 - Erwin Raphael McManus, Salvadorean-American church leader, lecturer, and author on spiritual topics.

  • 1961 - Brian Pinkney, author and illustrator of children's books; his mother, Gloria Jean Pinkney, was a children's book writer, and his father, Jerry Pinkney, is a children's book illustrator.

  • 1962 - Melissa Anne Rosenberg, Emmy Award-nominated American screenwriter who has won two Writers Guild of America Awards and a Peabody Award.

Davies - The Rebel AngelsDove - On the Bus With Rosa Parks, PoemsFrame - In the Memorial RoomVance - Planet of Adventure

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Teaser Tuesday: A Passage to India

August 28th, 2018 (10:41 pm)


• 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 book club book for the month is E.M. Forster's classic novel, A Passage to India. For some reason, I am not enjoying it as much as I remember liking it when I first read it, many years ago. Maybe I'm just too distracted by other things right now. In any case, my teaser is from the first paragraph of Part II (page 106 in my e-book), and it's just a description of the natural history of the landscape, with some religion thrown in. I'm going for four sentences instead of two this time, since they complete the thought so nicely.



"The Ganges, though flowing from the foot of Vishnum and through Siva's hair, is not an ancient stream. Geology, looking further than religion, knows of a time when neither the river nor the Himalayas that nourished it existed, and an ocean flowed over the holy places of Hindustan. The mountains rose, their debris silted up the ocean, the gods took their seats on them and contrived the river, and the India we call immemorial came into being. But India is really far older."

― A Passage to India
by E.M. Forster

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