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


January 28


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


Kenzaburō Ōe

Dempsey Books are on Amazon.com


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December 31 – Ronnie del Carmen

Happy Birthday Ronnie del Carmen!

Ronnie del Carmen

Ronnie del Carmen (born December 31, 1959) U.S./Filipino director, screenwriter, artist, designer of animated films – Inside Out (2015); Ratatouille (2007)

Read the Wikipedia aritcle about Ronnie del Carmen

See some of Ronnie del Carmen’s pre-Pixar art here

Ronnie del Carmen talks about his inspiration for making Inside Out:


And del Carmen talks about collaborating as co-director of Inside Out with Pete Docter:


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December 16 Ed Ruscha

Happy Birthday Ed Ruscha!

Edward Ruscha (born December 16, 1937) U.S. artist

Read about Ed Ruscha here and here

“His deadpan representations of Hollywood logos, stylized gas stations, and archetypal landscapes distil the imagery of popular culture into a language of cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound.” – Gagosian Gallery

“[Ruscha’s works] are also sometimes surprisingly funny, in a laconic, Marcel Duchamp-meets-Clint Eastwood sort of way. Ruscha invented an entire artistic genre – one of several in his repertoire – that consists of nothing but words and phrases, floating in vaguely defined space.”
[Interview by Martin Gayford in the Telegraph September 25, 2009]

Books by Ed Ruscha include:

Pay Nothing Until April by Ed Ruscha

Pay Nothing Until April 2003 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/AR00047

Vacant Lots by Ed Ruscha

See excerpts of Ed Ruscha’s illustration of Jack Kerouac’s book On the Road


Watch an interview with Ed Ruscha


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December 11 – Teri Garr

Happy Birthday Teri Garr!

Teri Garr (born December 11, 1947) U.S. actress, dancer – Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood (2005) Teri Garr

Read the Wikipedia article about Teri Garr here

Read a 1983 People magazine article about Garr

Watch a scene from Young Frankenstein, “Put the Candle Back!”
Teri Garr in Young Frankenstein

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December 9 – Joel Chandler Harris

Happy Birthday Joel Chandler Harris!

Joel Chandler Harris

Joel Chandler Harris (born December 9, 1845, according to here) – US folklorist, compiler of Uncle Remus tales

Read the New Georgia Encyclopedia biography of Joel Chandler Harris here

More about Joel Chandler Harris here and here

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December 7 – Willa Cather

Happy Birthday Willa Cather!

Willa Cather

Willa Cather (born December 7, 1873) – US novelist

Read about Willa Cather here and here

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December 5 – Joan Didion

Happy Birthday Joan Didion!

Joan Didion

Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) US novelist, memoirist, journalist

Read the Wikipedia article about Joan Didion

Read the Vanity Fair article about Didion:


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