Monthly Archives: February 2009

Literary Birthdays – Week of February 22 – 28

Sunday February 22 Ishmael Reed (b. 1938) – U.S. novelist, poet, essayist – Japanese by Spring (1993) * Reed’s poem “beware: do not read this poem” from Conjure (1972) tonite, thriller was abt an ol woman, so vain she surrounded … Continue reading

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Literary Birthdays: Week of February 15 – 21

February 15 Masuji Ibuse (b. 1898) – Japanese novelist – Black Rain / Kuroi Ame (1966) February 16 Ice-T (Tracy Lauren Marrow) (b. 1958) – U.S. rapper, songwriter, author First verse to 6 ‘N The Mornin (1986) 6’n the morning’ … Continue reading

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Literary Birthdays: Week of February 8 – 14

February 8 John Grisham (b. 1955) – U.S. novelist – The Last Juror February 9 Alice Walker (b. 1944) – U.S. novelist – The Color Purple (1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) See this Youtube video of Alice Walker reading Sojourner … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

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Literary Birthdays: Week of February 1 – 7

February 1 Langston Hughes (born 1902) – U.S. poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer – Not Without Laughter (1930) Excerpts from Hughes’ poem “Let America Be America Again” Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used … Continue reading

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