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)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1b1NhVGlQ7s

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

Author website:
http://www.etgarkeret.com/

Read about Keret’s 2015 Memoir: Seven Good Years

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/01/etgar-keret-books-interview-israel-the-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

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PVmaJAmQ3yQ

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LitBirthdays August 2nd

Happy Birthday Lawrence Wright!

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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjo2PC5OPc4

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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

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

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

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LitBirthdays July 6

Happy Birthday Heinrich Harrer!

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Heinrich Harrer (born July 6, 1912) – Austrian mountaineer – Seven Years in Tibet (1952)

Read about Heinrich Harrer here and here and here

Read excerpts from Seven Years in Tibet

 

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July 2016

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

July 10

Mildred Wirt Benson

Arja Uusitalo

Alice Munro

July 11

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

Suzanne Nadine Vega

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)

(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

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 2016 LitBirthdays

Month = June (6)

June 1

Casper de Vries

Marie Knight

Naguib Surur

Mircea Cărtărescu

June 2

Xiao Hong

Dorothy West

June 3

Rumer (Sarah Joyce)

Pedro Mir

(Irwin) Allen Ginsberg

June 4

Jacques Roumain

Margrit Schriber

Jin Au-Yeung

June 5

Elena Piscopia

Pu Songling

Federico Garcia Lorca

June 6

Vlado Georgiev

Isaiah Berlin

Alexander (or Aleksandr) (Sergeyevich) Pushkin

June 7

Louise Erdrich (Karen Louise Erdrich)

Gwendolyn Brooks

Nikki Giovanni

Orhan Pamuk

June 8

Karin Alvtegen

Tim Berners-Lee

Sara Paretsky

 

 

June 9

André Juillard

George Axelrod

Cole Porter

 

 

June 10

Maurice Sendak 

Benjamin Millepied

Samartha Vashishtha

Saul Bellow

Terence Rattigan

June 11

Bill Findlay

Siavash Ghomayshi

Yasunari Kawabata

 

June 12

 Tess Gerritsen

Anne Frank

 

June 13

 Anis Mojgani

Dorothy Leigh Sayers

William Butler Yeats

June 14

Ernesto Che Guevara

Margaret Bourke-White

Mona Simpson

June 15

Ibn-e-Insha (ابن انشاء)

Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson)

Waylon Jennings


June 16

Lamont Dozier

Joyce Carol Oates

June 17

Jeph Jacques 

Nino (Kazunari Ninomiya)

 

 

June 18

Lidia Jorge 

Sammy Cahn

Paul McCartney

 

June 19

Aung San Suu Kyi

Pauline Kael

Salman Rushdie 

 

June 20

 Enn Vetemaa

Amos Tutuola

Anna Laetitia Barbauld 

June 21

John Agard

Benazir Bhutto

Jean-Paul Sartre

Mary McCarthy

 

June 22

Moana Maniapoto

Abbas Kiarostami Persian: عباس کیارستمی

Kaarina Helakisa

Sándor Weöres

Dan Brown

 

 

June 23

Steven Dietz

Anna Akhmatova

Alfred Kinsey

Patrick Monahan

 

June 24

Julia Kristeva

Anita Desai 

 

 

June 25

Ricky Gervais 

George Orwell

Anthony Bourdain

Yann Martel

 

 

June 26

Ya’akov Cohen (also spelled Cahan) (Hebrew: יעקב כהן)

Yves Beauchemin

Noriaki Kubo (The Kubo)

 

 

June 27

Paul L. Dunbar

Bob Keeshan

Helen Keller

 

June 28

Mariko Nanba (南波真理子)

Aimee Bender

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 

June 29

Nawal Al Zoghbi

Frédéric Dard

Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure)

June 30

José Emilio Pacheco

David Frum

James Goldman

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