January LitBirthdays

January LitBirthdays

January is National Hot Tea Month

January 1

Happy New Year!

Edward Morgan Forster

Isma’il Raji al-Faruqi

René de Ceccatty

January 2

André Aciman

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Isaac Asimov

Lynda Barry

January 3

Rodrigo de la Cadena

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Savitri Bai Phule

January 4

Harlan Coben

Gao Xingjian

January 5

Hayao Miyazaki 宮崎 駿

Umberto Eco

January 6

Carl Sandburg

Karin Slaughter

Idris Davies

C.D. Wright

January 7

Nicholson Baker

Shobhaa Dé

Zora Neale Hurston

January 8

Stephen Hawking

Terence Dean “Terry” Brooks

Gaston Miron

Fanny Bullock Workman

January 9

Simone de Beauvoir

Hayim Nachman Bialik

Thorvald Steen

January 10

Peter Barnes

Louise Carver

Fran Walsh

January 11

Alan Paton

Siti Nurhaliza

Sulamith Wülfing

January 12

Jack London

Ferenc Molnár

Inoue Takehiko

Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹)

January 13

Shahnon Ahmad

Flora Nwapa

Jay McInerney

January 14

LL Cool J

Emily Hahn

Albert Schweitzer

January 15

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sonya Kovalevsky

Giles Milton

Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Mikki Doyle (Miriam Leventhal)


January 16

Garth Ennis

Robert W. Service

Laura Riding

January 17

Anne Bronte

Benjamin Franklin

Brian Thomas Helgeland

January 18

A.A. Milne

A.A. Milne too

Sally Morgan

January 19

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe too

Breda Smolnikar

January 20

Ernesto Cardenal

Nancy Kress

Uni Arge

January 21

Judith Merril

Richie Havens

Eva Ibbotson

January 22

Subhash Ram Prajapati

Arkady Gaidar

Francis Bacon

January 23

Elvira Lindo

Derek Walcott

January 24

Marguerite Durand

Edith Wharton

Vítězslava Kaprálová

January 25

Gloria Naylor

Virginia Woolf

David Grossman

January 26

Shinjo Mayu

Jules Feiffer

Henry Jaglom

January 27

Eliette Abécassis

Mordecai Richler

Djavan

January 28

Colette

José Martí

Arnaldur Indriðason

Frank Darabont

January 29

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

Leslie Bricusse

Anton (Pavlovich) Chekhov

Germaine Greer

Grazyna Miller

January 30

Lady Anne Clifford

Jack Spicer

Anton Tammsaare

January 31

Daniel Tammet

Arnold Geulincx

K.Maro

Kenzaburō Ōe

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Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year!

Good Morning!

(Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds (dubbed by Betty Noyes) sing and dance Good Morning! in the 1952 film Singin’ in the Rain)

A Sunny Day!

(The Three Tenors – Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras – sing about their sunny day, O Sole Mio)

Kingdom Choir sings Stand by Me at wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

24 Hours in New York – On the Town

New York New York

https://goo.gl/xhsze9

The Ladies Face Another Day

Natural Women

(Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain sing Natural Woman in the 1998 Divas concert)

https://goo.gl/DUT32u

Let It Be

performed by Carol Woods and Timothy T. Mitchum in film Across the Universe

Mending Hearts

Dolly Tammy Loretta1

Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette sing
Silver Threads and Golden Needles

https://goo.gl/R1Q74O

Sisters

Gladys Patti Dionne

Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick sing
Everything You Touch Is a Song

https://goo.gl/GXRu4O

or long medley with “There’s a Place…”
https://goo.gl/NJRUUk

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Acapella Soul

Circle of Life

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December LitBirthdays

December

December 1

Candace Bushnell

Rex Stout

Woody Allen

Richard Pryor

December 2

Yaël Dayan (Hebrew: יעל דיין‎ )

Jüri Reinvere

Botho Strauss

Elizabeth Berg

Ann Patchett

December 3

Boris A. Novak

Jean-Luc Godard

Joseph Conrad (Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski)

Daniel Bedingfield

Alaíde Foppa de Solórzano

December 4

Wen Shaoxian
(溫紹賢)

Frances Power Cobbe

Rainer Maria Rilke

Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter)

December 5

Rose Wilder Lane

Walt Disney

Miloš Đukelić

Joan Didion

December 6

Martin Hirsch

Eve Curie Labouisse

James Elphinston

Ira Gershwin

Tomson Highway

December 7

Noam Chomsky

Willa Cather

Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi [عبدالرحمن صوفی]

Dom Joseph Pothier

December 8

Horace

Delmore Schwartz

Nicki Minaj

December 9

Imogen Heap

Joel Chandler Harris

Grace Hopper

Edoardo Sanguineti

Avraham B. Yehoshua

December 10

Marina Orlova
( Марина Владимировна Орлова )

Emily Dickinson

Maria Benitez (Maria Bibiana Benitez Constanza)

December 11

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (Алекса́ндр Иса́евич Солжени́цын )

Subramanya Bharathi

Harriet Stratemeyer Adams

Teri Garr

December 12

Christian Metz

Robert Lepage

Gustave Flaubert

December 13

James Wright

Amy Lee

Heinrich Heine

December 14

Tove Ditlevsen

Nostradamus (Michel de Nostredame)

Lucrecia Martel

December 15

Donald Goines (pseudonym Al C Clark)

Betty Smith (Elisabeth Wehner)

Ludwik Łazarz Zamenhof


December 16

Benny Andersson

Noel Coward

Barbara Smith

Ed Ruscha

December 17

Es’kia Mphahlele

John Greenleaf Whittier

William Safire

December 18

Hal Kanter

Alfred Bester

Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov

December 19

Péter Tímár

Gisèle Freund

Su Tung-p’o
[Su Shi]

December 20

Kate Atkinson

Nalo Hopkinson

Väinö Linna

December 21

Edward Hoagland

Heinrich Boll

Ivan Blatný

December 22

Eduard Uspensky

Giacomo Puccini

Kenneth Rexroth

December 23

Alison Sudol

Katie Underwood

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

December 24

Mary Higgins Clark

Herbert Reinecker

Isador Feinstein Stone

December 25

Sheila Heti

Dido (Florian Armstrong)

Rod Serling

December 26

David Sedaris

Narendra Prasad

Alejo Carpentier

December 27

Greg Mortenson

Mirza Ghalib

Kevin Patterson

December 28

Liu Xiaobo

Shen Congwen (Shen Ts’ung-wen) 沈從文

Mortimer J. Adler

December 29

Gilbert Adair

William Gaddis

Dallas Austin

December 30

Julia Briggs

Alfredo Bracchi

Joseph Rudyard Kipling

December 31

Machi Tawara

Siné

Odetta Holmes Gordon

Ronnie del Carmen

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#December 1

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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

Lulu

November 4

Will Rogers

Walter Cronkite

Rodrigo Rey Rosa

November 5

Uzodinma Iweala

Raymond Loewy

Rana Dasgupta

Philip V. Francis

Sam Shepard

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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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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