LitBirthdays July 6

Happy Birthday Heinrich Harrer!

Heinrich-Harrer

Heinrich Harrer (born July 6, 1912) – Austrian mountaineer – Seven Years in Tibet (1952)

Read about Heinrich Harrer here and here and here

Read excerpts from Seven Years in Tibet

 

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July 2016

July

July 1

Twyla Tharp

Irna Phillips

Juan Carlos Onetti

July 2

Wisława Szymborska

Evelyn Lau

Wibo (“Wim” Willem Louis Joseph Boost)

July 3

Alan Schwarz

Julian Assange

Kid Sister

Franz Kafka

July 4

Guram Rcheulishvili

Colin Welland

Neil Simon

Mao Dun

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ann Landers

July 5

Armin Kõomägi

Jody Lynn Nye

Bill Watterson

Veronica Guerin

July 6

Andrew Martin

The Dalai Lama

Louisa Tuthill

July 7

Lesego Rampolokeng

David McCullough

Helene Johnson

Lillien Jane Martin

July 8

Tom Egeland

Anna Quindlen


Freeway (Leslie Edward Pridgen)

July 9

Patrice

Barbara Cartland

Masami Tsuda

July 10

Mildred Wirt Benson

Arja Uusitalo

Alice Munro

July 11

Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai (白先勇; pinyin: Bái Xiānyǒng,)

Suzanne Nadine Vega

July 12

Oscar Hammerstein II

Pablo Neruda

July 13

Helga Königsdorf

Cameron Crowe

Wole Soyinka

July 14

Natalia Ginzburg

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Angélique Kidjo

Laura Numeroff

July 15

Jacques Rivière

Dorothy Fields

Iris Murdoch

July 16

Mari Evans

Ross King

Saint Clare of Assisi

July 17

Erle Stanley Gardner (

Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Hebrew: שמואל יוסף עגנון)

Michael Francis Gilbert

July 18

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Alfian Sa’at

Elizabeth Gilbert

Nelson Mandela

July 19

Norman Manea

Garth Nix

A.J. (Archibald Joseph) Cronin

Vladimir Mayakovsky

July 20

Simin Beh’bahāni (Persian: سیمین بهبهانی)

Imam Bukhari (Muhammed Al-Bukhari)

(Elizabeth) Dilys Powell

Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca)

July 21

Mohammed Dib

Ernest Miller Hemingway

Suso Cecchi d’Amico

July 22

Ala Ghawas

Kokia (Akiko Yoshida 吉田亜紀子)

Emma Lazarus

Albert Brooks

July 23

Milisav Popović

Raymond Chandler

Eugène François Vidocq

July 24

Alexandre Dumas

Patrick Bruce (Pat) Oliphant

Colleen Doran

Banana Yoshimoto

July 25

Maria Gripe

Josephine Tey (Elizabeth MacKintosh, AKA Gordon Daviot)

Diam’s (Mélanie Georgiades)

July 26

George Bernard Shaw

Aldous Huxley

Carl G. Jung

July 27

Hilde Domin

Elizabeth Hardwick

Bobbie Gentry


July 28

Helen Beatrix Potter

Francis Veber

July 29

Chester Himes

Nathalie Handal

Ruud Janssen

July 30

Barbara Kopple

Salvador Novo

Emily Jane Brontë

July 31

Pam Withers

J. K. Rowling

Dempsey Books are on Amazon.com

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June 2016 LitBirthdays

Month = June (6)

June 1

Casper de Vries

Marie Knight

Naguib Surur

Mircea Cărtărescu

June 2

Xiao Hong

Dorothy West

June 3

Rumer (Sarah Joyce)

Pedro Mir

(Irwin) Allen Ginsberg

June 4

Jacques Roumain

Margrit Schriber

Jin Au-Yeung

June 5

Elena Piscopia

Pu Songling

Federico Garcia Lorca

June 6

Vlado Georgiev

Isaiah Berlin

Alexander (or Aleksandr) (Sergeyevich) Pushkin

June 7

Louise Erdrich (Karen Louise Erdrich)

Gwendolyn Brooks

Nikki Giovanni

Orhan Pamuk

June 8

Karin Alvtegen

Tim Berners-Lee

Sara Paretsky

 

 

June 9

André Juillard

George Axelrod

Cole Porter

 

 

June 10

Maurice Sendak 

Benjamin Millepied

Samartha Vashishtha

Saul Bellow

Terence Rattigan

June 11

Bill Findlay

Siavash Ghomayshi

Yasunari Kawabata

 

June 12

 Tess Gerritsen

Anne Frank

 

June 13

 Anis Mojgani

Dorothy Leigh Sayers

William Butler Yeats

June 14

Ernesto Che Guevara

Margaret Bourke-White

Mona Simpson

June 15

Ibn-e-Insha (ابن انشاء)

Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson)

Waylon Jennings


June 16

Lamont Dozier

Joyce Carol Oates

June 17

Jeph Jacques 

Nino (Kazunari Ninomiya)

 

 

June 18

Lidia Jorge 

Sammy Cahn

Paul McCartney

 

June 19

Aung San Suu Kyi

Pauline Kael

Salman Rushdie 

 

June 20

 Enn Vetemaa

Amos Tutuola

Anna Laetitia Barbauld 

June 21

John Agard

Benazir Bhutto

Jean-Paul Sartre

Mary McCarthy

 

June 22

Moana Maniapoto

Abbas Kiarostami Persian: عباس کیارستمی

Kaarina Helakisa

Sándor Weöres

Dan Brown

 

 

June 23

Steven Dietz

Anna Akhmatova

Alfred Kinsey

Patrick Monahan

 

June 24

Julia Kristeva

Anita Desai 

 

 

June 25

Ricky Gervais 

George Orwell

Anthony Bourdain

Yann Martel

 

 

June 26

Ya’akov Cohen (also spelled Cahan) (Hebrew: יעקב כהן)

Yves Beauchemin

Noriaki Kubo (The Kubo)

 

 

June 27

Paul L. Dunbar

Bob Keeshan

Helen Keller

 

June 28

Mariko Nanba (南波真理子)

Aimee Bender

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 

June 29

Nawal Al Zoghbi

Frédéric Dard

Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure)

June 30

José Emilio Pacheco

David Frum

James Goldman

Dempsey Books are on Amazon.com

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LitBirthdays May 5, 2016

May 5 Happy Birthday Riad Sattouf!

Riad Sattouf1

Riad Sattouf (born May 5, 1978)  French cartoonist, memoirist, filmmaker – L’Arabe du futur / The Arab of the Future (2015)

Read about Riad Sattouf here and here

Read a Guardian article about Sattouf and his graphic memoir, The Arab of the Future:

Like most cartoonists in France, he remains “traumatised” by the events of January 2015, when two jihadists stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people.

“Cartoonists are nerds,” he says, hunching awkwardly over his plate, pretending for a moment that his knife is a pen. “We’re men with no girlfriends who spend the whole day drawing, and then, suddenly, we’re made to feel as if we’re responsible for all the wars of the world.”

In his case, though, this comes with an additional burden, for Sattouf, who drew a regular strip for Charlie Hebdo until a few months before the attacks, is not only half Syrian, the son of a Sunni from a village near Homs; he is also the author of a celebrated graphic memoir, whose title is The Arab of the Future. Whether he likes it or not, the media is quite determined to enlist him as a spokesman on Syria, if not the entire Islamic world.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/27/riad-sattouf-arab-of-the-future-interview

Sattouf cartoon

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LitBirthdays in May

May

May 1

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Judy Collins

Ignazio Silone (Secondino Tranquilli)

Helen Bamber

May 2

Satyajit Ray

Ichiyo Higuchi (Higuchi Natsu)

Kwon-taek Im

May 2 is
Holocaust Remembrance Day


May 3

Betty Comden

Leslie Marmon Silko

Yehuda Amichai

May 4

Rüdiger Nehberg

Rey Valera

Khwaja Abdullah Ansari


 

May 5

Thomas Boberg

Elizabeth Cochrane (Nellie Bly)

Soren Kierkegaard

Tammy Wynette


 

May 6

George Clooney

Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman

Sujata Bhatt

Sigmund Freud


 

May 7

William Dempsey Valgardson

Volker Braun

Rabindranath Tagore

Robert Browning

 

May 8

Beth Henley

Gary Snyder

Sirkka Hämäläinen


 

May 9

Nada El-Hage

Lucian Blaga

Ghostface Killah


 

May 10

Nayantara Sahgal

Bono (Paul David Hewson)

Olga Bancic


 

May 11

Andre Gregory

John Michael Hayes

Irving Berlin

 

May 12

Wu Wenjun

Claribel Alegria

Andrey Andreyevich Voznesensky


 

May 13

Stephen Colbert

Clive Barnes

Daphne du Maurier

 

May 14

Eoin Colfer

Sofia Carmina Coppola

Che Guevara

Luis Llorens Torres


 

May 15

Asala Nasri

L. Frank Baum

Katherine Anne Porter


 


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May 16

Olga Berggolts

Studs Terkel



 

May 17

Jien (Jichin-daikasho)

Dennis Potter



 

May 18

Tina Fey

Omar Khayyam



 

May 19

Elena Poniatowska

Malcolm X (Malcolm Little)

Lorraine Hansberry


 

May 20

Sirivennela (Chembolu SeethaRama Sastry)

Honoré de Balzac

Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian)

Joe (John Robert) Cocker

 

May 21

(Liv) Marit Bergman

Manly Wade Wellman


 

May 22

Betty Williams

Bernie Taupin

Georges Remi / Hergé

Arthur Conan Doyle


 

May 23

Sebastian Cordero

Walter Reisch

Pär Lagerkvist

Carl Linnaeus


 

May 24

Patti LaBelle

Joseph Brodsky

Mikhail (Aleksandrovich) Sholokhov

Bob Dylan


 

May 25

Alastair Campbell

Naim Frashëri

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Robert Ludlum


 

May 26

Peggy Lee (Norma Egstrom)

Nobuhiro Watsuki

Frankie Manning

Stevie (Stephanie Lynn) Nicks


 

May 27

Andrei Georgiyevich Bitov

John Cheever

Rachel Carson

Dashiell Hammett


 

May 28

Muriel Barbery

Patrick White

Ian Fleming

John Fogerty

May 29

Leah Goldberg (לאה גולדברג; )

G.K. Chesterton

May 30

Agnes Varda

Vizma Belševica

May 31

Svetlana Alexievich

Judith Wright

Walt Whitman

Dempsey Books are on Amazon.com

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LitBirthdays May 1, 2016

May 1 Happy Birthday Yasmina Reza!

Yasmina Reza

Yasmina Reza (born May 1, 1959)  French playwright, novelist – Art (1994)

Read about Yasmina Reza here

Read a 2015 interview of Yasmina Reza:

http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/02/20/the-fabric-of-a-life-an-interview-with-yasmina-reza/

I wrote a play called Life x 3—it was performed here in New York with John Turturro in the lead role—and it opened with a woman in bed and a man walked in and said:

“He wants cake!”

And the woman replied:

“You know he can’t have cake after he brushed his teeth,”

and the man went on,

“Yes, but he wants cake anyway.”

And the man walked out again. That was the start of the play, and then the kid raised hell for the rest of the night. In France there was a very famous director, Roger Planchon—he has since passed away—who had come to see the play, and after the performance he said, How do you do it? In one sentence you clear the decks, you tell us exactly what we need to know, where we are, who we’re with …

I think my impatience is to blame. Nothing bores me more, in writing, than long introductions, explanations of childhood, that heavy backpack of contextualization. I’m not at all interested in that. In fact, I find that you can get to the point right away through recognizable symptoms, which everyone shares.

———-

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LitBirthdays April 25, 2016

April 25 Happy Birthday Björn Ulvaeus!

Bjorn Ulvaeus

Björn Ulvaeus (born 1945) – Swedish musician, songwriter, part of ABBA rock group

Read about Björn Ulvaeus here and here

Ulvaeus talks about his home town and his musical beginnings in this short video bio:

https://vimeo.com/132992532

Bjorn Ulvaeus very young

The music video of “Name of the Game” (ABBA skiing in Switzerland, 1979)
https://vimeo.com/84583282

ABBA on skis Switzerland

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