LitBirthdays November 5

Happy Birthday Sam Shepard!

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Sam Shepard (Samuel Shepard Rogers) (born November 5, 1943) – U.S. playwright, actor

Read the Wikipedia article here

Read the Washington Post obituary for Sam Shepard here

Mr. Shepard came of age writing poetry and plays in the 1960s as alternative experimentation transformed the theater scene. As a playwright, he created an original, influential tone fusing rock-and-roll spirit, Tennessee Williams-style brutal lyricism and a 1960s radical attack on realism.

[Nelson Pressley in the Washington Post, July 31, 2017]

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November 3 LitBirthday – Lulu

Happy Birthday Lulu!

Lulu

Lulu (Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) (born November 3, 1948) – U.K. singer

Read the Wikipedia article about Lulu here

Lulu performs “Cry”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs5Xr2CU-NI&app=desktop

Lulu and Engelbert sing “I Need You Now”
youtube.com/watch?v=jrhFo2S4ezg&app=desktop

Lulu performs her signature “To Sir With Love” in 2017

 

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November LitBirthdays

 November

November 1

Hermann Broch

Kamaria Muntu


November 2

Odysseas Elytis

Jorge de Sena


November 3

Kath Walker / Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Jesús Blasco

November 4

Will Rogers

Walter Cronkite

Rodrigo Rey Rosa

November 5

Uzodinma Iweala

Raymond Loewy

Rana Dasgupta

Philip V. Francis

November 6

Ariana Gillis

Karin Fossum

Laure Junot, Duchesse d’Abrantès


November 7

Joni Mitchell

Chrystos

Antonio Skármeta

Albert Camus

Jellybean Benitez

November 8

Richard Curtis

Kazuo Ishiguro

Teofilo Folengo

Eric Harland


November 9

Danielle Trussoni  

Benjamin Banneker

Ivan Turgenev


November 10

Holly Black

Aka Morchiladze

Tim Rice

Jonas Åkerlund


November 11

Douglas Rogers

Alicia Ostriker

Carlos Fuentes

November 12

Ivo Urbančič

Neil Young

Bahá’u’lláh (Mírzá Ḥusayn-`Alí Nuri

November 13

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Nico Scheepmaker

Ari Hoenig

November 14

Karen Armstrong

René de Clercq


November 15

Marianne Moore

Writers in Prison Day


November 16

Chinua Achebe

Arvid Järnefelt


November 17

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

Steven E. de Souza

Randy Black


November 18

Wilma Pearl Mankiller

Margaret Atwood

Frances Marion

Herman ‘Ze German’ Rarebell

Cindy Blackman


November 19

Zygmunt Bauman

Yuri Knorozov

November 20

Nadine Gordimer

Alistair Cooke

Sheema Kalbasi

November 21

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Tina Brown

Qian Zhongshu


November 22

Victor Pelevin

George Eliot

Marjane Satrapi


November 23

Charles Frambach Berlitz

Nirad C. Chaudhuri

Lidija Bajuk 

Ishmael Beah

November 24

Stephen Merchant

Dale Carnegie

Yoshiko Uchida


November 25

Thea Gilmore

Lope de Vega

Alexis Wright

Sean Jefferson


November 26

Charles M. Schulz

Eugène Ionesco

Benjamin Wysocki


November 27

Twista (Carl Terrell Mitchell)

Ernie Wise

Harivansh Rai Bachchan 

Tim Yeung


November 28

Kinoko Nasu (奈須 きのこ Nasu Kinoko)

Linda Lucero Fragua

Dervla Murphy

Jonathan “Jon” Stewart

Alfonso Cuaron (Orozco)

Matt Cameron

November 29

George Szirtes

Timaya

Carlo Levi

Billy Hart

November 30

Marina Abramović

Lucy Maud Montgomery

David Mamet

Gordon Parks

Chris Claremont

Roy Burns

 

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LitBirthdays October 25

Happy Birthday Zadie Smith!

Zadie Smith (born October 25, 1975) – UK novelist – Swing Time

Read about Zadie Smith here and here

Read a 2012 Telegraph interview of Zadie Smith here

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LitBirthdays Dick Gregory

Happy Birthday Dick Gregory!

Richard Gregory (born October 12, 1932) – U.S. comedian, civil rights activist

Read about Dick Gregory here and here

Read the Guardian obituary for Dick Gregory here

“I walked into this restaurant and this waitress said ‘we don’t serve coloured people here’ and I said ‘that’s all right, I don’t eat coloured people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.’” The joke encapsulates the three careers pursued by Gregory, who has died aged 84 – comedian, political activist and diet expert.”

 

Dick Gregory performs standup and speaks to David Letterman about his life (1984)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WJOUTwutY4

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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)

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


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 15 – Agatha Christie

Happy Birthday Agatha Christie!

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie (born September 15, 1890) U.K. author of detective fiction – The Hollow (1946)

Read about Agatha Christie here and here

Watch a documentary about Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance
in December 1926

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUmbf2fMF5M

Watch a documentary about Christie’s writing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJp15YlYGHo

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