LitBirthdays July 10 – 16, 2011

 

July is

Read an Almanac Month


July 10

Mildred Wirt Benson
Mildren Wirt Benson (born July 10, 1905) – U.S. journalist, children’s book writer –  Nancy Drew series

Read about Mildred Benson here and here

Watch an interview with Millie Benson here

The New York Times obituary for Mildred Benson

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/30/books/mildred-benson-is-dead-at-96-wrote-23-nancy-drew-books.html

 


Born July 10

Arja Uusitalo (b. 1951) – Finnish poet

Alice Munro (b. 1931) – Canadian short story writer; 2009 Man Booker Prize winner – The Dance of the Happy Shades (1968)

 


July 11


Born July 11

Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai (白先勇; pinyin: Bái Xiānyǒng,) (b. 1937)- Chinese novelist, short story writer – Taipei People (1971)

Suzanne Nadine Vega (b. 1959) – U.S. singer/songwriter

 


July 12


Born July 12

Oscar Hammerstein II (b. 1895) – U.S. lyricist for musicals – South Pacific (1949)

Pablo Neruda (b. 1904) – Chilean poet Pablo Neruda


July 13


Born July 13

Helga Königsdorf (b. 1938) – German novelist – Fission (Hydra)(2000)

Wole Soyinka (b. 1934) – Nigerian playwright, novelist, memoirist, political activist – Ake: The Years of Childhood(1989)


July 14


Born July 14

Angélique Kidjo (b. 1960) – Beninese singer/songwriter – “Afirika” Black Ivory Soul 2002

Laura Numeroff (b. 1953) – U.S. children’s book author – If You Give a Mouse a Cookie(1985)


July 15


Born July 15

Dorothy Fields (b. 1905) – U.S. lyricist


July 16


Born July 16

Ross King (b. 1962) – Canadian historian – Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling


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