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


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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