LitBirthdays August 5 – 11, 2012

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August 5

Per Wahlöö (born August 5, 1926) – Swedish novelist, Martin Beck series of detective fiction Per_Wahloo

Read the Authors Calendar biography of Per Wahlöö

Watch a Swedish TV documentary about Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo and their authorship of the Martin Beck detective series
(Swedish language)

Born August 5

Guy de Maupassant (b. 1850) – French short story writer, novelist – “The Necklace” in Best Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant

August 6

Louella Parsons b. 1881 – U.S. newspaper columnist

Read about Louella Parsons here

Born August 6

Alfred Tennyson (b. 1809) British poet – The Charge of the Light Brigade

August 7

Justin Kawika Young b. 1978 – U.S. (Hawaiian) singer-songwriter Justin Kawika Young

Read about Justin Young here and here

Listen to Justin Young’s music video “Never Forget Where I’m From” here

Sofia Rotaru
Sofia Rotaru b. 1947 – Ukrainian singer

Read about Sofia Rotaru here

Visit Sofia Rotaru’s website (Russian language) here
Watch Sofia Rotaru’s music video “The One in the World” here

Born August 7

Garrison Keillor (b. 1942) – U.S. humorist,  essayist, and radio producer, writer, and host of A Prairie Home CompanionLake Wobegon Days (1985)

August 8

Born August 8

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (b. 1896) – U.S. novelist – Cross Creek (1942)

Mel Tillis (b. 1932) – U.S. country music singer/songwriter – I Ain’t Never

August 9

Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson (born August 9, 1914) – Swedish-Finnish children’s book author (Moomintrolls series)

Read the Authors Calendar biography of Tove Jansson

Read excerpts from Tales From Moominvalley

Born August 9

Izaak Walton (b. 1593) – British writer – The Compleat Angler (1653)

Jean Piaget (b. 1896) – Swiss philosopher and developmental psychologist –The Moral Judgment of the Child (1932)

August 10

Alfred Doblin

Alfred Doblin (born August 10, 1878) – German novelist – Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929)

Read the Authors Calendar biography of Alfred Doblin

Born August 10

Abay Ibrahim Qunanbayuli (b. 1845) – Kazakh poet, nationalist – A Book of Words

August 11

Jalmari Finne (born August 11, 1874) – Finnish children’s book author, theater director, composer Jalmari Finne

Read the Authors Calendar biography of Jalmari Finne

Born August 11

Jim Lee (b. 1964) – Korean American comic creator – Divine Right: The Adventures of Max Faraday (1999)

Alex Haley (b. 1921) – U.S. novelist – Roots (1976)

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