LitBirthdays March 11 – 17, 2012

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March is

Women’s History


March 11

Lea Hernandez

Lea Hernandez (b. 1964) – U.S. comic book author

Read about Lea Hernandez here and here

Read an interview with Lea Hernandez here

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Meet ‘The Garlicks’ :

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Q: What do you feel that Western comics creators can learn from the Japanese?

Lea Hernandez: Let me answer by saying I wish they’d get past the big eyes and speedlines crap, and filching from Shirow Masamune (or whoever their favorite is), and delve into genres besides thinly-disguised faux porn that they call “stories about strong women.” This is not to say Japanese comics aren’t loaded with crap, because they certainly are. But it’s certainly easier to name, say, ten female creators, and twenty comics that aren’t superheroes.

Q: What drew you to Japanese comics?

Hernandez: I think part of it must have been that as a kid I found the art styles in Rankin Bass cartoons (which had Japanese designers) FAR more attractive than American ones. I’m not just talking about the Christmas and Easter specials like Rudolph and “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” but also “Mad Monster Party,” “The Reluctant Dragon” and “The Last Unicorn.” As I said in another interview, I imprinted on that general style like a gosling, and have been quacking along behind it ever since. I don’t doubt part of the reason, too, is that there was nothing much that interested me in American comics and animation when I was a kid and teenager because they (the animation especially), was so crap, so ugly, and the writing so wooden and formulaic and so geared towards boys (or seemingly the product of production meetings soaked on cocaine and booze). Bleh.

[from the Bookslut blog, November 2003]

Born March 11

Douglas Adams

Ezra Jack Keats

Jean “Binta” Breeze

Alba de Cespedes

March 12

Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952) – U.S. (Palestinian-American) poet, novelist

Read about Naomi Shihab Nye here

Born March 12

Virginia Hamilton (b. 1934) – U.S. children’s/young adult writer – Zeely (1967)

Tian Han 田汉 (b. 1898) – Chinese revolutionary playwright

Jack (Jean Lous) Kerouac (b. 1922) – U.S. author and poet

March 13

Lisa Lutz (b. 1970) U.S. novelist, detective fiction author Lisa Lutz

Read about Lisa Lutz here

From an interview with Lisa Lutz

Q: Do you think it’s still considered unusual for a woman to write books primarily about people murdering each other?

Lisa Lutz: No. Women have the same murderous urges as men. They just control them better.

What’s the weirdest murder you’ve ever put into a book?

Lutz: I had a character murder someone with his own fibula. Preposterous, I know, but apparently you don’t really need a fibula.

Do you have any plans to write a book about people who aren’t constantly murdering other people?

Lutz: No. I’m worried about overpopulation, especially in fiction.

If you had male readers, would you increase or decrease the number of murders?

Lutz: If I had male readers, I’d just add more explosions and maybe a lake monster. I hear they go for that kind of crap.

[from “An Interview with Lisa Lutz” by Scott Butki, March 9, 2012]

Born March 13

André Téchiné

Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet (b. 1941)

Common, U.S. rapper (b. 1972)

March 14

Born March 14

Pam Ayres (b. 1947) – U.K. poet, comedienne

Horton Foote, Jr., U.S. playwright/screenwriter (b. 1916)

Caryl Phillips, Caribbean novelist (b. 1958)

March 15

Born March 15

Ben Okri (b. 1959) – Nigerian poet, novelist

Veronica Maggio, Swedish songwriter (b. 1981), Jamaican-American songwriter (b. 1975)

Madelyn Pugh, U.S. television writer – I Love Lucy series (b. 1921)

March 16

Born March 16

Zoe Jenny (b. 1974) – Swiss/U.K. author

Sully Prudhomme, French poet, winner of the first Nobel Prize for Literature (1901) (b. 1839)

Richard Matthew Stallman, U.S. computer software designer (b. 1953)

James Madison, U.S. President, contributing author, U.S. Constitution (b. 1751)

March 17

Born March 17

Yokomitsu Riichi (横光 利一) Japanese novelist (b. 1898)

Nat King Cole (b. 1919) – U.S . singer/s ongwriter

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