LitBirthdays in April

April 1

John Wilmot

Susan Boyle

Milan Kundera

Edmond Rostand


April 2

Joanna Chmielewska

Émile François Zola


April 3

Herb Caen

Washington Irving

Unni Lindell

April 4

Andrei Tarkovsky

Maya Angelou

 

April 5

Amalia Guglielminetti

Booker T. Washington

 

April 6

Leonora Carrington

Lowell Thomas

 

April 7

Daniel Ellsberg

Gabriela Mistral (Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga)

 

April 8

Robert Toru

Trina Schart Hyman

 

April 9

George David Weiss

Paule Marshall (Paule Burke)

 

April 10

Peter Morgan

George William Russell

John M. (Mike) Ford

 

April 11

Clive Exton

Attila József

 

April 12

Thomas Dybdahl

Tama Janowitz

Gary Soto

Tom Clancy

 

April 13

Drago Jančar

Eudora Welty

Seamus Heaney


 

April 14



 

April 15

Benjamin Zephaniah

Leonardo da Vinci

Henry James

(David) Wiley Miller

 


April 16

Gerry Rafferty

Diane Middlebrook

Anatole France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)


 

April 17

Ray Kluun

Giusy Ferreri

Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)


 

April 18

Rithy Panh

Costas [or Kostas] Ferris

George Henry Lewes


 

April 19

Sandro Petraglia

Maria Ember

Etheridge Knight

 

April 20

Asia Alfasi

Erna Brodber

John Paul Stevens


 

April 21

Elaine May

Queen Elizabeth II

Kole Omotosho



 

April 22

Damien Broderick

Kseniya Simonova

Immanuel Kant

Ana Maria Shua


April 23

Michael Moore

Fadil Hadzic

William Shakespeare


 

April 24

Eric Bogosian (

Carl (Friedrich Georg) Spitteler (pseudonym Carl Felix Tandem)


 

April 25

Grace Rasp Nuri

Albert Uderzo


 

April 26

Ğabdulla Tuqay

Marcus Aurelius

Carol Burnett

I.M. Pei



 

April 27

Edwin Morgan

Cecil Day Lewis (pseudonym Nicholas Blake)

Russell T Davies


 

April 28

Carolyn Forché

(Nelle) Harper Lee (

Jay Leno

 

April 29

Egon Erwin Kisch

Jerry Seinfeld

April 30

Jaroslav Hašek

Willie Nelson

Aatish Kapadia


 

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LitBirthdays in March

March 1

Ralph Ellison

Akutagawa Ryūnosuke

Shantabai Kamble


March 2

Janos Arany

Evgeny Baratynsky

Metta Victoria Fuller Victor (Seeley Regester)


March 3

Yury (Karlovich) Olesha

George Miller (George Miliotis)

Caroline Lamarche

March 4

Robert Orben

Miriam Makeba

Khaled Hosseini

Robert Emmet


 

March 5

MC Solaar

Elisabeth Badinter

 

March 6

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Andrzej Wajda

Teru Miyamoto

 

March 7

Georges Perec

Robin Becker

Muhsin Al-Ramli (Arabic: ) محسن الرملي‎

 

March 8

Kenneth Grahame

Hafid Bouazza

Carole Bayer Sager

 

March 9

Robert James (Bobby) Fischer

Mickey (Frank Morrison) Spillane

Ismael Serrano

Tecumseh

 

March 10

Lorenzo Da Ponte

Keren Ann Zeidel (Hebrew: קרן אן זיידל‎)

Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

 

March 11

Lea Hernandez

Douglas Adams

Ezra Jack Keats

Jean “Binta” Breeze

Alba de Cespedes

 

March 12

Naomi Shihab Nye

Virginia Hamilton

Tian Han 田汉

Jack (Jean Lous) Kerouac

 

March 13

Lisa Lutz

André Téchiné

Mahmoud Darwish

Common, U.S. rapper


 

March 14

Pam Ayres

Horton Foote, Jr.

Caryl Phillips



 

March 15

Ben Okri

Veronica Maggio

Will.i.am

Madelyn Pugh

 


March 16

Zoe Jenny

Sully Prudhomme

Richard Matthew Stallman

James Madison


 

March 17

Yokomitsu Riichi (横光 利一)

Nat King Cole

 

March 18

Queen Latifah

Luc Besson

Christa Wolf,

John Updike


 

March 19

John Burnside

Valerio Zurlini

Philip Roth

 

March 20

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Vera Panova

Lucy Myers Wright Mitchell

 

March 21

Ved Mehta

Phyllis McGinley


 

March 22

Beverley Knight

Louis L’Amour Lawrence Dearborn LaMoore


 

March 23

Plantu (Jean Plantureux)

Emmy Noether

Akira Kurosawa


 

March 24

Kate (Catherine Merrial) Webb

Lawrence Ferlinghetti


 

March 25

Gloria Steinem

Toni Cade Bambara

Thom Loverro


 

March 26

Bob Woodward

Robert Frost

Tennessee Williams



 

March 27

Julia Alvarez

Budd (Seymour Wilson) Schulberg

Ai Qing (艾青) (Jiang Haicheng)

Michael Aris

Abelardo Castillo


 

March 28

Jennifer Weiner

Dimcho Debelianov (Димчо Дебелянов)

Maxim Gorky (Aleksey Maksimovich Peshkov)

Lauren Weisberger

 

March 29

Vangelis (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou) (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου)

Andrija Maurović

Lennart Meri

March 30

Thierry Cabot

Céline Dion

Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay (Bangla: শরদিন্দু বন্দোপাধ্যায়)

Moses Maimonides

March 31

Octavio Paz

Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut

René Descartes

 

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LitBirthdays – February 21, 2014

Happy Birthday!
Hanne-Vibeke Holst – born February 21, 1959

Hanne-Vibeke Holst

Danish novelist – Knud, den store / Canute the Great (2013}
Read the Wikipedia entry for Hanne-Vibeke Holst here.
The Goodreads bio of Hanne Vibeke Holst is here.

Watch an interview here with Hanne-Vibeke Holst where she talks about her book Knud, den store, an homage to her father.

From the description on Amazon.com:
Canute the Great is Hanne-Vibeke Holst’s moving account of her own father, the writer Knud Holst. It is also a portrait of Denmark from the very recent past and a novel about a significant generation. A powerful story of half a century and a lifetime.

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LitBirthdays – February 18, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Nikos Kazantzakis – born February 18, 1883

Greek novelist – Zorba the Greek; The Last Temptation of Christ
Read the Wikipedia entry for Nikos Kazantzakis here.

Read the “Wrap me in phyllo dough” blog post about Nikos Kazankzakis here.
“Kazantzakis believed (largely from his studies with philosopher Henri Bergson) that there are two central, driving forces in human life. One of these forces strives upward, and can best be described as pure energy. The other force struggles downward and represents everything that frustrates the upward force, namely stagnation and homogeneity. Kazantzakis believed that we must do all we can to follow the upward force…”

Read the Google Books excerpts from Zorba the Greek here.

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