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LitBirthdays September 6

Happy Birthday Andrea Camilleri!

Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri (born September 6, 1925) Italian writer – Inspector Montalbano mysteries

Read the Wikipedia article about Andrea Camilleri here

Read a profile of Camilleri in The Guardian

“Until he was almost 70, Camilleri was a minor historical novelist who was better known as a director of Pirandello. He was an author in search of a character, and that character turned out to be Montalbano. When a protagonist becomes a phenomenon, I am always interested in whether the novelist remembers the exact moment of conception. Camilleri does:

‘I know exactly when he arrived. In 1994, I was stuck on a historical novel called The Brewer of Preston. I couldn’t organise it the way I wanted, I had not found the key to structure it, and then decided that the best solution was to set it aside and write something else. And then I said to myself: what can I write? The way I used to write novels was to start with the very first thing that struck me about a subject. It was not methodical: the first thing I wrote would never be the first chapter, maybe it would become the fourth or fifth chapter. Then I said: but you can write a novel from first to last chapter with a perfect order of logic. I saw the form of the thriller as a cage that does not allow you to escape. And so I began to write the first Montalbano novel –The Shape of Water.'”

The cast and crew of the Detective Montalbano television series talk about their art:

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LitBirthdays in 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

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


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

Andrzej Stasiuk

September 26

Raoul Cauvin

Jane Smiley

T.S. Eliot

Zhang Tianyi

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

Dempsey Books are on

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LitBirthdays August 20

Happy Birthday Etgar Keret!

Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret (born August 20, 1967) Israeli short story writer, memoirist, humorist

Read the Wikipedia article here.

Listen to Etgar Keret at the 2015 Edinburgh Book Festival
(with Alain Mabanckou)

(Etgar Keret is introduced and speaks at minute 15:00. He reads from his memoir at minute 22:00)

Read about the house named for Etgar Keret in Warsaw, Poland.

Author website:

Read about Keret’s 2015 Memoir: Seven Good Years

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August 15 Alejandro Iñárritu

Happy Birthday Alejandro Iñárritu!

Alejandro Inarritu born August 15, 1963

photo by Antonio Zazuela Olmos

Alejandro González Iñárritu (born August 15, 1963) – Mexican film director, screenwriter – Amores perros, Birdman, The Revenant

Read the Wikipedia article about Alejandro González Iñárritu here

Iñárritu on Internet Movie Database

Here is an interview with the director about his film Amores perros.

“Narratively, it was difficult to make sure that people can get all the stories and understand how the pieces fit together. The car crash was a very tough scene, and the dogfights were especially hard. Emotionally, it was a very intense piece, so to get that intensity all the time and maintain the right tone wasn’t easy. Sometimes, shooting on location can be a little unpredictable, but I work hard in pre-production. I arrived to the first day of shooting almost wanting to go to the hospital. I was completely exhausted, because I believe in being thoroughly prepared, and I want to spend my time during the shoot focusing on the scene and the actors. I don’t want to screw around with stupid things, like bad locations or whatever. ”

Iñárritu talks about his Oscar-winning film Birdman in this Variety article.

Inarritu: “From the time we open our eyes, we live our lives in a Steadicam form, and the only editing is when we talk about our lives or remember things.”

Inarritu analyzes a scene in Birdman

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LitBirthdays August 2nd

Happy Birthday Lawrence Wright!


Lawrence Wright (born 1947 – U.S. nonfiction author, screenwriter – The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.

Read the Wikipedia article about Lawrence Wright

Visit Lawrence Wright’s website

Listen to a 2016 Old Globe Theatre podcast interview of Lawrence Wright here

“I think of my characters as donkeys. This seems like a pejorative term but a donkey is a beast of burden, and he can carry the reader into a world that he’s never been in, and he can carry a lot of information on his back…”  (at minute 16:30 of podcast)

Watch this 2007 Google talk by Lawrence Wright

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LitBirthdays August 2016

August is Women Writers in Translation Month!

Read more about it here and here

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

August 13

Amélie Nothomb

Dan Fogelberg

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


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

August 25

Charles Wright

August 26

Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu)

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

Dempsey Books are on

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