Literary Birthdays – Week of October 11 – 17

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October 11

Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard (born October 11, 1925) – U.S. novelist – Get Shorty (1991)

Watch Elmore Leonard talk about his writing in this excellent interview:


October 12

Ding Ling (Jiǎng Bīngzhī 蒋冰之) (born October 12, 1904) – Chinese short story writer, novelist – In the Darkness / Zai Heianzhong (1928 )220px-Ding_Ling_3

Read a brief biography of Ding Ling here: and here

Read the Wikipedia entry for Ding Ling here:

October 13

Lenny Bruce (born October 13, 1925) – U.S. comedian Lenny_Bruce

Listen to Lenny Bruce perform:

October 14

Edward Estlin Cummings (born October 14, 1894) – U.S. poet, artist painting ee cummings1

Read Andrea Peloso’s blog post about e.e. cummings:

Read the e.e. cummings poems top ten list:

October 15

Mario Puzo (born October 15, 1920) – U.S. novelist – Godfather (1969) Mario Puzo

Watch Mario Puzo talk about how he came to write Godfather:

October 16

George Turner (born October 16, 1916) – Australian science fiction writer – The Sea and Summer (1987)

Read about George Turner here:

Here are excerpts of customer reviews of
The Sea and Summer:

“This novel pictures a world facing the rising sea with the resulting decline of the land mass. It based in the middle of the 21st century Australia. The unemployed form more than half the population and they are massed in specially built high rise towers and kept there by the police and the army.”  – Ahmed

“Reading it, you can feel the heat, the claustrophobia, the hopelessness of life on the fringes and the rising sea lapping at the doorstep. The scary thing is, the writing’s on the wall. Global warming is still a threat, huge multi-story pack-em-in apartment blocks are going up in the middle of cities everywhere, the gap between the haves and have nots is rising, and everybody’s looking away.” – Sarah

Read a biography and bibliography of George Turner:

October 17

Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III)  (born October 17, 1972) – U.S. rapper

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