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Happy Birthday Annette Hanshaw!
(Catherine) Annette Hanshaw – born October 18, 1901 – U.S. singer/songwriter (Sweet One)
Read the Wikipedia article about Annette Hanshaw
Watch excerpts from the animated film Sita Sings the Blues with Annette Hanshaw’s voice
Daddy Won’t You Please Come Home
Who’s That Knocking at my Door
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Happy Birthday Andrea Camilleri!
Andrea Camilleri (born September 6, 1925) Italian writer – Inspector Montalbano mysteries
Read the Wikipedia article about Andrea Camilleri here
Read a profile of Camilleri in The Guardian
“Until he was almost 70, Camilleri was a minor historical novelist who was better known as a director of Pirandello. He was an author in search of a character, and that character turned out to be Montalbano. When a protagonist becomes a phenomenon, I am always interested in whether the novelist remembers the exact moment of conception. Camilleri does:
‘I know exactly when he arrived. In 1994, I was stuck on a historical novel called The Brewer of Preston. I couldn’t organise it the way I wanted, I had not found the key to structure it, and then decided that the best solution was to set it aside and write something else. And then I said to myself: what can I write? The way I used to write novels was to start with the very first thing that struck me about a subject. It was not methodical: the first thing I wrote would never be the first chapter, maybe it would become the fourth or fifth chapter. Then I said: but you can write a novel from first to last chapter with a perfect order of logic. I saw the form of the thriller as a cage that does not allow you to escape. And so I began to write the first Montalbano novel –The Shape of Water.'”
The cast and crew of the Detective Montalbano television series talk about their art:
Happy Birthday 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)
Read about the house named for Etgar Keret in Warsaw, Poland.
Read about Keret’s 2015 Memoir: Seven Good Years