May 2015 Author Birthdays

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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



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

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LitBirthdays April 2015


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 March 2015


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



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

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 11, 2015

Happy Birthday John Langalibalele Dube!

John Dube

John Langalibalele Dube (born February 11, 1871) South African (Natal) author and minister; first president of the African National Congress (1912) – U Jeqe: Insila ka Shaka / Jeqe, the Bodyservant of King Shaka (1930, first novel in the Zulu language)

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Read about John Dube here:

Photos and oral histories of Dube and his school, Ohlange, (in Inanda, Natal, South Africa) are here:

Below is an excerpt of Dube’s 1904 essay “Are Negroes Better Off in Africa?” which compares the situation of blacks in Africa with those in the United States. [Missionary Review of the World, Vol. 27, August 1904, pages 583-586]  [ ]

From a Christian standpoint, the black man of America is highly favored above his African cousin, in that he is born into and is reared and lives in Gospel light — within reach, at least, of the rudiments of Christian education. …The black man is in the United States in large numbers, and is probably there to remain and multiply. He was in Africa before any civilized man came there to gather its riches with superior skill and appliances, and he will remain in his native land.

The great problem here is the same which has for some time been forcing itself to the front in most of the missionary fields of the world—the problem of Christian industrialization. This is a great need in missionary work today among heathen and semi-civilised people. Events have projected this matter to the very front in the case of the negroes in both hemispheres. It is believed to be a means indispensable in saving the black man in heart, head. and hand. The New Testament ideal for every saved man is that he be transformed in heart, instructed in mind, and trained to use his hands for good works. This is the need of the black man as of the white. The Son of Man was a workman with heart, mind, and hand, and both His example and teaching were: “To every man his work” (Mark xiii: 34).

Booker T. Washington, son of a slave, sat at General Armstrong’s feet, received industrial training under his eye, imbibed his philanthropic spirit, and went out to start a little school in the great black belt of Alabama. Tuskegee has grown to a great institution, with over a thousand of pupils. Many schools, carrying out the plan of industrial education, have been planted in the South, and this work for the negroes of America has been carried on long enough to show from actual results what Christian industrial education can do for them. The facts speak for themselves, and can not he disputed.

This same kind of educational training is needed for the African Christians. The times and conditions require it. They are intelligent and capable, and such training has been tried among them sufficiently to show its value and possibilities. The South African makes as good and as skillful a tradesman in the various industries as his American cousin. He has not enjoyed many advantages, but he is eager to learn and improve his opportunity. Industrial schools are greatly needed in Africa, to enable the people to make the most of themselves.

The attempts to keep the black man down will not win ultimately. The negroes of both countries are being Christianised and industrialized as never before, and the good work will go on, until the purpose for which God made them is fulfilled.

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