August LitBirthdays

August

August 1

Chuck D (Carlton Ridenhour)

Francis Scott Key

Herman Melville

August 2

Isabel Allende

James Baldwin

Homer Banks

Bei Dao (Zhao Zhenkai)

August 3

Lauren Liebenberg

Leon Uris

August 4

Robert Hayden

Helen Thomas

Barack Obama

August 5

Guy de Maupassant

Abbé Pierre (Henri Marie Joseph Grouès)

August 6

Louella Parsons

Alfred Tennyson

M. Night Shyamalan

August 7

Justin Kawika Young

Sofia Rotaru

Garrison Keillor

August 8

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Mel Tillis

August 9

Izaak Walton

Jean Piaget

August 10

Abay Ibrahim Qunanbayuli

August 11

Jim Lee

Alex Haley

August 12

George Soros

Sue Monk Kidd

August 13

Amélie Nothomb

Dan Fogelberg

August 14

Bryce Courtenay

Steve Martin

Danielle Steel

Gary Larson

August 15

Julia Child

Sri Aurobindo

Mikao Usui

August 16

Charles Bukowski

Diana Wynne Jones

August 17

Herta Müller

Gene (Geneva) Stratton-Porter

August 18

Mika

Elsa Morante

Brian Aldiss

August 19

Eamonn Fingleton

Ogden Nash

Jerzy Andrzejewski

August 20

Isaac Hayes

Musa Geshaev

H. P.(Howard Phillips) Lovecraft

August 21

Jules Michelet

Friz Freleng

August 22

Irmtraud Morgner

August 23

Ephraim Kishon

Nazik al-Mala’ika

August 24

Jorge Luis Borges

Stephen Fry

August 25

Charles Wright

August 26

Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu)

August 27

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


August 28

Tasha Tudor

Ai Weiwei

August 29

Dorothy Tennov

René Depestre

August 30

Camilla Läckberg Eriksson

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

August 31

DuBose Heyward

William Saroyan

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July 11 – Amitav Ghosh

Happy Birthday Amitav Ghosh!

Amitav Ghosh – born July 11, 1956 – Indian novelist – The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016)

Read the Wikipedia article about Amitav Ghosh

Watch an interview of Amitav Ghosh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DyV7b7tsPQ

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LitBirthdays July 9

Happy Birthday Anne Born!

Anne Born

Anne Born (born 1924, U.K. poet and literary translator)

Read about Anne Born here and here

Read Anne Born’s obituary here

“Anne began writing for publication in the 1960s. Already a private poet, she also began writing and translating short pieces commercially before finding her feet as one of Britain’s foremost translators of Danish, something with which she obtained considerable practical assistance from her husband. This was well ahead of the current boom in “Eurocrime”, at a time when literary translation was almost entirely confined to the classics, or at least to “high” literature. Born contributed to both genres, for example in translating Hans Christian Andersen’s The Comet (in 1982); in providing the first English rendition of The Snow Queen and Other Poems (in 1977); and in translating the entire oeuvre of Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen), including Letters from Africa, 1914-1931 (1981).”

 

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July LitBirthdays

July

July 1

Twyla Tharp

Irna Phillips

Juan Carlos Onetti

July 2

Wisława Szymborska

Evelyn Lau

Wibo (“Wim” Willem Louis Joseph Boost)

July 3

Alan Schwarz

Julian Assange

Kid Sister

Franz Kafka

July 4

Guram Rcheulishvili

Colin Welland

Neil Simon

Mao Dun

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ann Landers

July 5

Armin Kõomägi

Jody Lynn Nye

Bill Watterson

Veronica Guerin

July 6

Andrew Martin

The Dalai Lama

Louisa Tuthill

July 7

Lesego Rampolokeng

David McCullough

Helene Johnson

Lillien Jane Martin

July 8

Tom Egeland

Anna Quindlen


Freeway (Leslie Edward Pridgen)

July 9

Patrice

Barbara Cartland

Masami Tsuda

July 10

Mildred Wirt Benson

Arja Uusitalo

Alice Munro

July 11

Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai (白先勇; pinyin: Bái Xiānyǒng,)

Suzanne Nadine Vega

July 12

Oscar Hammerstein II

Pablo Neruda

July 13

Helga Königsdorf

Cameron Crowe

Wole Soyinka

July 14

Natalia Ginzburg

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Angélique Kidjo

Laura Numeroff

July 15

Jacques Rivière

Dorothy Fields

Iris Murdoch

July 16

Mari Evans

Ross King

Saint Clare of Assisi

July 17

Erle Stanley Gardner

Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Hebrew: שמואל יוסף עגנון)

Michael Francis Gilbert

July 18

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Alfian Sa’at

Elizabeth Gilbert

Nelson Mandela

July 19

Norman Manea

Garth Nix

A.J. (Archibald Joseph) Cronin

Vladimir Mayakovsky

July 20

Simin Beh’bahāni (Persian: سیمین بهبهانی)

Imam Bukhari (Muhammed Al-Bukhari)

(Elizabeth) Dilys Powell

Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca)

July 21

Mohammed Dib

Ernest Miller Hemingway

Suso Cecchi d’Amico

July 22

Ala Ghawas

Kokia (Akiko Yoshida 吉田亜紀子)

Emma Lazarus

Albert Brooks

Enrique Laso

July 23

Milisav Popović

Raymond Chandler

Eugène François Vidocq

July 24

Alexandre Dumas

Patrick Bruce (Pat) Oliphant

Colleen Doran

Banana Yoshimoto

July 25

Maria Gripe

Josephine Tey (Elizabeth MacKintosh, AKA Gordon Daviot)

Diam’s (Mélanie Georgiades)

July 26

George Bernard Shaw

Aldous Huxley

Carl G. Jung

July 27

Hilde Domin

Elizabeth Hardwick

Bobbie Gentry


July 28

Helen Beatrix Potter

Francis Veber

July 29

Chester Himes

Nathalie Handal

Ruud Janssen

July 30

Barbara Kopple

Salvador Novo

Emily Jane Brontë

July 31

Pam Withers

J. K. Rowling

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LitBirthdays in June

June

June 1

Casper de Vries

Marie Knight

Naguib Surur

Mircea Cărtărescu

June 2

Xiao Hong

Dorothy West

June 3

Rumer (Sarah Joyce)

Pedro Mir

(Irwin) Allen Ginsberg

June 4

Jacques Roumain

Margrit Schriber

Jin Au-Yeung

June 5

Elena Piscopia

Pu Songling

Federico Garcia Lorca

June 6

Vlado Georgiev

Isaiah Berlin

Alexander (or Aleksandr) (Sergeyevich) Pushkin

June 7

Louise Erdrich (Karen Louise Erdrich)

Gwendolyn Brooks

Nikki Giovanni

Orhan Pamuk

June 8

Karin Alvtegen

Tim Berners-Lee

Sara Paretsky

 

June 9

André Juillard

George Axelrod

Cole Porter

 

June 10

Maurice Sendak 

Benjamin Millepied

Samartha Vashishtha

Saul Bellow

Terence Rattigan

June 11

Bill Findlay

Siavash Ghomayshi

Yasunari Kawabata

June 12

 Tess Gerritsen

Anne Frank

June 13

 Anis Mojgani

Dorothy Leigh Sayers

William Butler Yeats

June 14

Ernesto Che Guevara

Margaret Bourke-White

Mona Simpson

June 15

Ibn-e-Insha (ابن انشاء)

Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson)

Waylon Jennings


June 16

Lamont Dozier

Joyce Carol Oates

June 17

Jeph Jacques 

Nino (Kazunari Ninomiya)

 

June 18

Lidia Jorge 

Sammy Cahn

Paul McCartney

June 19

Aung San Suu Kyi

Pauline Kael

Salman Rushdie 

June 20

 Enn Vetemaa

Amos Tutuola

Anna Laetitia Barbauld 

June 21

John Agard

Benazir Bhutto

Jean-Paul Sartre

Mary McCarthy

June 22

Moana Maniapoto

Abbas Kiarostami Persian: عباس کیارستمی

Kaarina Helakisa

Sándor Weöres

Dan Brown

 

June 23

Steven Dietz

Anna Akhmatova

Alfred Kinsey

Patrick Monahan

June 24

Julia Kristeva

Anita Desai 

 

June 25

Ricky Gervais 

George Orwell

Anthony Bourdain

Yann Martel

 

June 26

Ya’akov Cohen (also spelled Cahan) (Hebrew: יעקב כהן)

Yves Beauchemin

Noriaki Kubo (The Kubo)

 

June 27

Paul L. Dunbar

Bob Keeshan

Helen Keller

June 28

Mariko Nanba (南波真理子)

Aimee Bender

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Sophie Hannah

June 29

Nawal Al Zoghbi

Frédéric Dard

Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure)

June 30

José Emilio Pacheco

David Frum

James Goldman

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LitBirthdays in May

May

May 1

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Judy Collins

Ignazio Silone (Secondino Tranquilli)

Helen Bamber

May 2

Satyajit Ray

Ichiyo Higuchi (Higuchi Natsu)

Kwon-taek Im

May 2 is
Holocaust Remembrance Day


May 3

Betty Comden

Leslie Marmon Silko

Yehuda Amichai

May 4

Rüdiger Nehberg

Rey Valera

Khwaja Abdullah Ansari


May 5

Thomas Boberg

Elizabeth Cochrane (Nellie Bly)

Soren Kierkegaard

Tammy Wynette


May 6

George Clooney

Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman

Sujata Bhatt

Sigmund Freud


May 7

William Dempsey Valgardson

Volker Braun

Rabindranath Tagore

Robert Browning

May 8

Beth Henley

Gary Snyder

Sirkka Hämäläinen


May 9

Nada El-Hage

Lucian Blaga

Ghostface Killah


May 10

Nayantara Sahgal

Bono (Paul David Hewson)

Olga Bancic


May 11

Andre Gregory

John Michael Hayes

Irving Berlin

May 12

Wu Wenjun

Claribel Alegria

Andrey Andreyevich Voznesensky


May 13

Stephen Colbert

Clive Barnes

Daphne du Maurier

May 14

Eoin Colfer

Sofia Carmina Coppola

Che Guevara

Luis Llorens Torres


May 15

Asala Nasri

L. Frank Baum

Katherine Anne Porter



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May 16

Olga Berggolts

Studs Terkel



May 17

Jien (Jichin-daikasho)

Dennis Potter



May 18

Tina Fey

Omar Khayyam



May 19

Elena Poniatowska

Malcolm X (Malcolm Little)

Lorraine Hansberry


May 20

Sirivennela (Chembolu SeethaRama Sastry)

Honoré de Balzac

Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian)

Joe (John Robert) Cocker

May 21

(Liv) Marit Bergman

Manly Wade Wellman


May 22

Betty Williams

Bernie Taupin

Georges Remi / Hergé

Arthur Conan Doyle


May 23

Sebastian Cordero

Walter Reisch

Pär Lagerkvist

Carl Linnaeus


May 24

Patti LaBelle

Joseph Brodsky

Mikhail (Aleksandrovich) Sholokhov

Bob Dylan


May 25

Alastair Campbell

Naim Frashëri

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Robert Ludlum


May 26

Peggy Lee (Norma Egstrom)

Nobuhiro Watsuki

Frankie Manning

Stevie (Stephanie Lynn) Nicks


May 27

Andrei Georgiyevich Bitov

John Cheever

Rachel Carson

Dashiell Hammett


May 28

Muriel Barbery

Patrick White

Ian Fleming

John Fogerty

May 29

Leah Goldberg (לאה גולדברג; )

G.K. Chesterton

May 30

Agnes Varda

Vizma Belševica

May 31

Svetlana Alexievich

Judith Wright

Walt Whitman

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April 21 – Queen Elizabeth II

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II!

Queen Elizabeth II by Yousuf Karsh 1951

Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926) – U.K. monarch – The Servant Queen and the King She Serves (foreword) (2016)

Read about Queen Elizabeth in this mini-biography here and the BBC biography here

Watch documentary footage of the Queen, with her narration, speaking of her life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh1-9ww_HmM

Queen Elizabeth II delivers a Christmas message every year which she herself writes. Here is an excerpt from her 2016 Christmas message:

…to be inspirational you don’t have to save lives or win medals. I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours; unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special.

To mark my 90th birthday, volunteers and supporters of the six hundred charities of which I have been patron came to a lunch in the Mall. Many of these organisations are modest in size but inspire me with the work they do.

From giving friendship and support to our veterans, the elderly or the bereaved; to championing music and dance; providing animal welfare; or protecting our fields and forests, their selfless devotion and generosity of spirit is an example to us all.

When people face a challenge they sometimes talk about taking a deep breath to find courage or strength. In fact, the word ‘inspire’ literally means ‘to breathe in’. But even with the inspiration of others, it’s understandable that we sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help. On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine.

The message of Christmas reminds us that inspiration is a gift to be given as well as received, and that love begins small but always grows.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas.

Watch this World War II newsreel showing the teenage Princess Elizabeth as a driver in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. (1945)

Q Elizabeth driver ATS

 

Watch news footage of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding on November 20, 1947.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UHRK4knt7z8https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UHRK4knt7z8

2014 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by David Bailey

Queen Elizabeth 2014 by David Bailey

Visit the British Monarchy Facebook page here

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