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December 19 Writer Birthdays

Bunting - The Sunflower House
December 19 Writer Birthdays

  • 1036 - Su Tung-p'o, greatest poet of the Chinese Sung Dynasty, often under fire in his day for satirizing government policies.

  • 1753 - John Taylor of Caroline, Virginia State Delegate who authored books on agriculture and politics.

  • 1796 - Manuel Breton de los Herreros, prolific Spanish playwright & librarian.

  • 1820 - Mary Ashton Livermore, journalist; advocate for abolition & women's rights.

  • 1875 - Carter Woodson, African-American author; pioneer of Black history.

  • 1895 - Ingeborg Refling-Hagen, Norwegian novelist & poet, arrested for her work with the Resistance during WW2.

  • 1901 - Oliver La Farge, Pulitzer Prize-winning author & anthropologist.

  • 1910 - Jean Genet, French novelist and political activist.

  • 1910 - Jose Lezama Lima, Cuban poet; one of the most influential in Latin American literature.

  • 1923 - Robert V. Bruce, Pulitzer-winning author and historian.

  • 1928 - Eve Bunting, Irish author of children's and YA books.

  • 1942 - Jean-Patric Manchette, foremost French crime novelist of the 1970s and 1980s.

  • 1944 - Richard Leakey, son of Richard & Mary Leakey, all three of them groundbreaking paleoanthropologists whose work shed light on the origins of humanity.

  • 1960 - Daniel Silva, author of thrillers & spy novels.

  • 1967 - Paul Harding, American musician & author; his 1st novel won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

  • 1975 - Brandon Sanderson, science fiction and fantasy author; completed Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series.

Woodson - The Mis-Education of the NegroLeakey - Origins ReconsideredSanderson - The Emperor's SoulSilva - The Heist


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 11th, 2016 11:56 pm (UTC)
Brandon Fan

Mrs. Petrini,

Hi, it's Julie, a friend of Jon's. I was just looking through your blog and I couldn't help but see a Brandon Sanderson book. He is one of my favorite authors.

Do you know him?


P.S. The 19th is also Koloss Head Munching Day (According to Brandon Sanderson)

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: January 15th, 2016 06:01 am (UTC)
Re: Brandon Fan

Hi, Julie! I was wondering why you asked me about Brandon Sanderson. The most recent book I read of his was The Emperor's Soul (cover art above). I loved it! I met him at a science fiction convention once, but I can't claim that I actually know him, in the sense that he would remember me.

Koloss Head Munching Day! Wow, I'll have to be sure to celebrate that one next year.

I'm sure I'll be seeing you the next time there's an orchestra event. And let us know if the ensemble is getting together to practice again. Jon doesn't check his e-mail as often as he should.

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