Literary Birthdays – Week of June 7 – June 13

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June 7

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Orhan Pamuk (b. 1952) – Turkish novelist, 2006 Literature Nobel Prize winner – The Black Book

See Orhan Pamuk talk about himself, his writing, and Islam in this 2007 speech at the University of California (1 hour – Pamuk begins at 11 minutes 30 seconds)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUPGV1u9bds


June 8

Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky (b. 1947) – U.S. novelist, detective fiction – Ghost Country (1998)

Read about the inspiration for V.I. Warshawski here


June 9

Cole Porter

Take the Cole Porter song quiz here
Cole Porter (b. 1891) – U.S. songwriter, composer of musicals – Kiss Me Kate

Jackie Mason (b. 1936) – U.S. standup comedian


June 10

Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow (b. 1915) – Canadian novelist, short story writer, winner 1976 Literature Nobel Prize – Herzog

Terence Rattigan (b. 1911) – U.K. playwright – The Winslow Boy


June 11

Yasunari Kawabata (b. 1899) – Japanese novelist, 1968 Literature Nobel Prize winner – Snow Country (1956)


June 12

AnneFrank Anne Frank (b. 1929) – German diarist – The Diary of Anne Frank

June 13


William Butler Yeats (b. 1865) – Irish poet

Dorothy Sayers

Dorothy Leigh Sayers (b. 1893) – British novelist
Read the Wikipedia article here

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