LitBirthdays December 9, 2014

Happy Birthday A.B. Yehoshua!

A.B. Yehoshua

Avraham B. Yehoshua (born 1936) Israeli novelist – The Retrospective (2013)

Read about A.B. Yehoshua here and here.

“Yehoshua’s genius as a writer of profound psychological perceptiveness is matched by his role as a social and political commentator. Central to his thought is a preoccupation with identity, a question that cuts to the heart of Jewish history and experience.” [Elaine Kallmann, Talking With A.B. Yehoshua, 2003].

Watch A.B. Yehoshua explain the difference between world writers (like Faulkner) and subject writers (like himself). Also, Yehoshua defends his claim about the American Jewish diaspora, “There is a difference between my Jewishness and your Jewishness.”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-x6VHM4Zc4I

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LitBirthdays in December

December 1

Candace Bushnell 

Rex Stout 

Woody Allen 

Richard Pryor

December 2

Yaël Dayan (Hebrew: יעל דיין‎ )

Jüri Reinvere 

Botho Strauss 

Elizabeth Berg 

Ann Patchett

December 3

Boris A. Novak

Jean-Luc Godard

Joseph Conrad (Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski) 

Daniel Bedingfield

Alaíde Foppa de Solórzano

December 4

Wen Shaoxian
(溫紹賢)

Frances Power Cobbe

Rainer Maria Rilke 

Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter)

December 5

Rose Wilder Lane

Walt Disney

Miloš Đukelić

Tomson Highway 

Joan Didion

December 6

Martin Hirsch

Eve Curie Labouisse

James Elphinston

Ira Gershwin

December 7

Noam Chomsky

Willa Cather 

Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi [عبدالرحمن صوفی]

Dom Joseph Pothier

December 8

Horace

Jim Morrison

Delmore Schwartz 

Nicki Minaj

December 9

Imogen Heap 

Joel Chandler Harris 

Grace Hopper

Edoardo Sanguineti

December 10

Marina Orlova
( Марина Владимировна Орлова )

Emily Dickinson

Maria Benitez (Maria Bibiana Benitez Constanza)

December 11

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (Алекса́ндр Иса́евич Солжени́цын )

Subramanya Bharathi

Harriet Stratemeyer Adams

December 12

Christian Metz

Robert Lepage

Gustave Flaubert

December 13

James Wright

Amy Lee 

Heinrich Heine

December 14

Tove Ditlevsen 

Nostradamus (Michel de Nostredame) 

Lucrecia Martel


December 15

Donald Goines (pseudonym Al C Clark)

Betty Smith (Elisabeth Wehner)

Ludwik Łazarz Zamenhof


December 16

Benny Andersson

Noel Coward

Barbara Smith


December 17

Es’kia Mphahlele 

William Safire



December 18

Hal Kanter

Alfred Bester

Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov 

December 19

Péter Tímár

Gisèle Freund

Su Tung-p’o
[Su Shi]

December 20

Kate Atkinson

Nalo Hopkinson 

Väinö Linna

December 21

Edward Hoagland

Heinrich Boll

Ivan Blatný

December 22

Eduard Uspensky

Giacomo Puccini

Kenneth Rexroth

December 23

Alison Sudol

Katie Underwood

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa


December 24

Mary Higgins Clark

Herbert Reinecker

Isador Feinstein Stone


December 25

Sheila Heti

Dido (Florian Armstrong)

Rod Serling

December 26

David Sedaris

Narendra Prasad

Alejo Carpentier 


December 27

Greg Mortenson

Mirza Ghalib

Kevin Patterson

December 28

Liu Xiaobo

Shen Congwen (Shen Ts’ung-wen) 沈從文

Mortimer J. Adler

December 29

Gilbert Adair

William Gaddis

Dallas Austin

December 30

Julia Briggs

Alfredo Bracchi

Joseph Rudyard Kipling

December 31

Machi Tawara

Siné

Odetta Holmes Gordon

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LitBirthdays November 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Ishmael Beah!

Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah (born 1980) U.S. / Sierra Leone memoirist, novelist – Radiance of Tomorrow (2014)

Read about Ishmael Beah here

Ishmael Beah speaks about his writing here.

“The conception of place has changed for me as a writer.”

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LitBirthdays November 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Alicia Ostriker!

Alicia Ostriker 5

Alicia Ostriker (born 1937) U.S. poet – The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (2014)

Read about Alicia Ostriker here

Read and listen to Ostriker read her poems at the 2014 National Book Festival here.

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