LitBirthdays January 2 – 8, 2011

January is

National Hot Tea Month

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January 2

Andre Aciman André Aciman (b. 1951) – Egyptian-American memoirist, professor of literature – Out of Egypt: A Memoir (1995)

Read the Wikipedia biography of André Aciman

Read an excerpt from  “Monsieur Kalashnikov” by André Aciman

January 3

Rodrigo de la Cadena (b. 1988 or 1989) – Mexican singer, songwriter – Rodrigo de la Cadena

Read a biography of Rodrigo de la Cadena in English and in Spanish

Watch Rodrigo perform Cancionero

Watch a video bio (in Spanish) of de la Cadena and the great “bolero” singers

Tú me acostumbraste – Sin ti

January 4

Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben (b. 1962) – U.S. mystery/thriller novelist – The Final Detail: A Myron Bolitar Novel  (2009)

Read about Harlan Coben here and here

January 5

Hayao Miyazaki 宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao (b. 1941) – Japanese manga, film animation artist, film director/producer – Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) Hayao Miyazaki

Read the IMDB and Wikipedia biographies of Hayao Miyazaki

Watch Miyazaki speak about his work (2009 Comic Con with John Lasseter of Pixar Studios

January 6

Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter (b. 1971) – U.S. crime writer – Broken (2010)

Read the Wikipedia entry for Karin Slaughter

Watch Karin Slaughter talk about where she came from and the source for her books

January 7

Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker (b. 1957) – U.S. novelist – Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II (2008)

Read about Nicholson Baker in Wikipedia

“As a novelist, he often focuses on minute inspection of his characters’ and has written about such provocative topics as voyeurism and planned assassination.”

Read an excerpt from The Anthologist (2009)

“Carpe diem” doesn’t mean seize the day—it means something gentler and more sensible.  “Carpe diem” means pluck the day.  Carpe, pluck.  Seize the day would be “cape diem,” if my school Latin serves.  No R.  Very different piece of advice. What Horace had in mind was that you should gently pull on the day’s stem…”

Read the Salon magazine interview of Nicholson Baker

“I really don’t like talking about sex at a dinner party in a yo-ho-ho way. Having published two books that are fairly dirty, I find there’s a funny thing that happens, especially with men. They think, “Nick Baker is one of those horny guys who likes to talk about sex, so I’m going to tell sex stories.” The conversation suddenly becomes sexualized and everybody’s kind of squinting, and waving their arms around and thinking “Let’s not be here.” And it’s all Nick Baker’s fault. But I don’t want any of that to happen because I want it all to happen in the book, while the reader is in a state of receptive, imaginative sympathy with the character, or maybe horrified fascination.”

Read the interview of Nicholson Baker speaking about his World War II history, Human Smoke

Baker: “I’ve had some very good reviews and some very bad ones. The bad ones seem to follow the teeter-totter school: that if a dictator and the nation he controls is evil, then the leader of the nation who opposes the evil dictator must be good. Life isn’t that way, of course.”

December 8

Fanny Bullock Workman
Fanny Bullock Workman (b. 1859) U.S. mountaineer, geographer, author – In the Ice World of Himalaya (with William Hunter Workman, 1900)

Read about Fanny Bullock Workman here and here

Read excerpts from In the Ice World of Himalaya

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