October LitBirthdays

October (10)

October 1

Julie Andrews

Majrooh Sultanpuri (Asrar Hussain Khan)

Jimmy Carter

October 2

Annie Leibovitz

Bud Abbott

Groucho (Julius Henry) Marx

Mahatma Gandhi

October 3

John Patrick Shanley

Alvin Toffler

Talib Kwili

October 4

Adam Hollanek

Kazuki Takahashi

Anne Rice

Rene (Mable Neighbour) Cloke

October 5

Zoran Živković

Václav Havel

Bernie Mac

Magda Szabó

October 6

David Brin

Ayten Mutlu

Ariane Dreyfus

October 7

Andreea Iacob

Sherman Alexie, Jr.

Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones)

John Cougar Mellencamp

October 8

Ha Joon Chang

Yechezkel (Ezekiel) Landau

Harvey Lawrence Pekar

October 9

Jody Williams

Ivo Andric

John Lennon

Jackson Browne

Georgi Tenev

October 10

Dilsa Demirbag Sten

Ken Saro-Wiwa

Frederick Barthelme

October 11

Amos Gitai

Thích Nhất Hạnh

Elmore Leonard

October 12

Rafael Ábalos

Richard Price

Ding Ling (Jiǎng Bīngzhī 蒋冰之)

Dick Gregory

October 13

Selima Hill

Christine Nöstlinger

Lenny Bruce

October 14

Hannah Arendt

Erik Johan Stagnelius

Edward Estlin Cummings

 

October 15

Hans Lindahl

Biljana Srbljanović

Mario Puzo


October 16

George Washington Williams

George Turner

Robert Hall Weir (Bob Weir)

 

October 17

Alexandrine Tinné

Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III)

Jupiter Hammon

 

 

October 18

Juan Tamariz

Thomas Love Peacock

Jan Erik Vold

 

October 19

Agnès Jaoui

John le Carré (David John Moore Cornwell)

Miguel Ángel Asturias

October 20

Claudio Bergamin

Dorothea Rosa Herliany

Art Buchwald

Lepa Brena

October 21

Salomé Ureña de Henríquez

Simon Gray

Ursula Le Guin

October 22

John Wesley Harding

Madhav Ghimire

Doris Lessing

Deepak Chopra

 

October 23

Antjie Krog

Weird Al Yankovic (Alfred Matthew Yankovic)

Michael Crichton

 

October 24

Ziraldo Alves Pinto

Emma Donoghue

Alexandra David-Néel

 

October 25

Christos Tsiolkas

Suheir Hammad

Anne Tyler

Geoffrey Chaucer

Zadie Smith

October 26

Carlo Lucarelli

Shan Sa

Infinito 2017 (Marcellous Lamont Lovelace)

 

October 27

Francis Fukuyama

Albert Wendt

Nawal El Saadawi (Arabic: نوال السعداوى‎)

 

October 28

Frédéric C. Martel

Ayi Kwei Armah

Louis Jenkins

October 29

Frans de Waal

Zbigniew Herbert

Derek Miller

October 30

Robert Caro

Louis Malle

Grace Slick (Grace Barnett Wing)

Marcello Gagliani Caputo

October 31

Roy Arogan

Susan Orlean

John Keats

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September LitBirthdays

September

September 1

Nelson George

James Reaney

Eleanor Hibbert (aka Victoria Holt

Lily Tomlin

September 2

Tim Key

Tom Glazer

William C. Rhoden

Tetsuo Hara
原 哲夫

September 3

Eduardo Galeano

Naomi Lewis

Mahjoor (Ghulam Ahmad)

Mort Walker

Spike Feresten

 

September 4

Joan Aiken

Antonin Artaud

Damon Kyle Wayans

 Richard Wright

September 5

Bob Newhart

Werner Herzog

Robert Fergusson

Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara)

September 6

Sergio Aragonés

Edward Einhorn

Christopher Brookmyre

Robyn Davidson

Robert Pirsig

September 7

Elia Kazan 

(Janet) Taylor Caldwell

Houshang Moradi Kermani

September 8

Boris Ryzhy 

Michael Frayn

Kimberly Peirce

Jack Prelutsky

September 9

Aleksandar Hemon

Leo Tolstoy

Sonia Sanchez

September 10

Shlomo Sand

Franz Werfel

Charles Kuralt

Andrei Makine

September 11

Katri Vala

D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence

Tony Gilroy

September 12

Kristin Hunter Lattany

Louis Macneice

Stanislav Lem

September 13

Bill Monroe 

Roald Dahl

Tom Holt

Tavis Smiley

September 14

Ivan Klima

Hans Faverey

Ekiwah Adler Beléndez

Ayo (Joy Alasunmibo Ogunmakin)

September 15

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

François, duc de La Rochefoucauld

Agatha Christie

Dan Lungu

Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich (Elizabeth Charlotte Welskopf)

Marie Arana


September 16

Prasoon Joshi

Clive Bell 

Molly Shannon

Paul Henning

September 17

Igor Štiks

Hank Williams,

Ken Kesey

Hope Larson

Francis Chichester

September 18

Samuel Johnson

Christopher Lynn Hedges

Agnes de Mille

September 19

Oksana Zabuzhko 

Maud Sulter

Damon Knight

September 20

Kazumasa Oda
(小田和正 / Oda Kazumasa)

Judith Thompson

Upton Sinclair 

Charlie Kaufman (Charles Stewart Kaufman

Slappy White (Melvin White)

September 21

Ethan Coen

Chuck Jones

Frédéric Beigbeder

Stephen King

Leonard Cohen

H.G. Wells

Édouard Glissant

September 22

Rene O. Villanueva

Ashokamitran (Jagadisa Thyagarajan)

György Faludy

Manzoor Ahmad

Svilen Noev

September 23

Joshua Foer

Euripedes

Ana Marie Cox

Pauline Réage (Anne Desclos)

Ani DiFranco

September 24

Eavan Boland

Brinck (Niels Brinck Kristensen)

Nia Vardalos

F. Scott Fitzgerald

September 25

Ian Tyson

William Faulkner

Shel Silverstein

Lu Xun
(魯迅)

Andrzej Stasiuk

September 26

Raoul Cauvin

Jane Smiley

T.S. Eliot

Zhang Tianyi
(张天翼)

September 27

Romano Scarpa

Josef Škvorecký

Grazia Deledda

 

September 28

Confucius / 孔子 / Kǒng Zǐ

Pierre Ryckmans (Simon Leys)

Prosper Mérimée

Rosario Ferré

September 29

Gábor Csupó

Steve Tesich

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

September 30

Francesco Tullio Altan

Laura Esquivel

Elie Wiesel

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

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Taslima Nasrin – August 25

Happy Birthday Taslima Nasrin!

Taslima Nasrin

Taslima Nasrin (born August 25, 1962) Bangladeshi novelist – Shame (Lajja)

Read about Taslima Nasrin here and here

Nasrin was born to a Muslim family in Bangladesh and studied gynaecology. She started writing at a young age, and her work criticises religion’s oppression of women, and speaks out for human rights.

In 1993, she published ‘Lajja’, which chronicles the trials a Hindu family faces while living in Bangladesh. The book speaks about how badly minorities are treated in Bangladesh, because of which the Bangaldeshi Government banned it in 1993.

Negative sentiment towards the author kept increasing and reached a crescendo in 1994, when Muslim fundamentalists demanded her execution. There were widespread protests against her views and fatwas issued against her. Nasrin was forced to go into hiding for two months, before finally fleeing the country. She has not gone back since.
(from “Taslima Nasrin’s Life in Exile” by Tara Khandelwal)


Taslima Nasrin speaks at the India Ideas Conclave in 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohl_L0hxCbA

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August LitBirthdays

LitBirthdays in August

August 1

Chuck D (Carlton Ridenhour)

Francis Scott Key

Herman Melville

August 2

Isabel Allende

James Baldwin

Homer Banks

Bei Dao (Zhao Zhenkai)

August 3

Lauren Liebenberg

Leon Uris

August 4

Robert Hayden

Helen Thomas

Barack Obama

August 5

Guy de Maupassant

Abbé Pierre (Henri Marie Joseph Grouès)

August 6

Louella Parsons

Alfred Tennyson

M. Night Shyamalan

August 7

Justin Kawika Young

Sofia Rotaru

Garrison Keillor

August 8

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Mel Tillis

August 9

Izaak Walton

Jean Piaget

August 10

Abay Ibrahim Qunanbayuli

August 11

Jim Lee

Alex Haley

August 12

George Soros

Sue Monk Kidd

August 13

Amélie Nothomb

Dan Fogelberg

Kamila Shamsie

August 14

Bryce Courtenay

Steve Martin

Danielle Steel

Gary Larson

August 15

Julia Child

Sri Aurobindo

Mikao Usui

August 16

Charles Bukowski

Diana Wynne Jones

August 17

Herta Müller

Gene (Geneva) Stratton-Porter

August 18

Mika

Elsa Morante

Brian Aldiss

August 19

Eamonn Fingleton

Ogden Nash

Jerzy Andrzejewski

August 20

Isaac Hayes

Musa Geshaev

H. P.(Howard Phillips) Lovecraft

August 21

Jules Michelet

Friz Freleng

August 22

Irmtraud Morgner

August 23

Ephraim Kishon

Nazik al-Mala’ika

August 24

Jorge Luis Borges

Stephen Fry

Ali Smith

August 25

Charles Wright

Ali Smith

August 26

Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu)

Kamila Shamsie

August 27

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

 

August 28

Tasha Tudor

Ai Weiwei

August 29

Dorothy Tennov

René Depestre

August 30

Camilla Läckberg Eriksson

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

August 31

DuBose Heyward

William Saroyan

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LitBirthdays Hans Rosling

Happy Birthday Hans Rosling!

Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling (born July 27, 1948) – Swedish physician and statistician

Read about Hans Rosling here and here

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July LitBirthdays

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

Anne Born

July 10

Mildred Wirt Benson

Arja Uusitalo

Alice Munro

July 11

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

Suzanne Nadine Vega

Amitav Ghosh

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)

Olga Hahn-Neurath

(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

Enrique Laso

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

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June 15 – Kobayashi Issa

Happy Birthday Kobayashi Issa!

Kobayashi Issa by Hashimoto Heihachi

Kobayashi Issa by Hashimoto Heihachi

Kobayashi Issa – born June 15, 1763 – Japanese Haiku poet

Read about Kobayashi Issa here and here

Read the Gwanlingo blog post about Kobayashi Issa:

Issa is considered one of four great masters of Haiku. This seventeen syllable poetic form is known for its ability to squeeze astonishing beauty and depth of feeling out of plain language and direct observation. Issa’s poems are remarkable for their “pathos and humor,” especially in light of the string of tragedies that marked each stage of his life.

Read some of Kobayashi Issa’s poems here.

春風や 牛にひかれて 善光寺

The spring breeze.

Being pulled by a cow

To the Zenkoji temple.

[From the Japanese traditional legend. An old woman who had no faith found herself in Zenkoji while chasing the cow that hung the dried cloth on the horn. As a result, she began to believe Buddhism deeply.]

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