April LitBirthdays

April

April 1

John Wilmot

Susan Boyle

Milan Kundera

Edmond Rostand


April 2

Joanna Chmielewska

Émile François Zola


April 3

Herb Caen

Washington Irving

Unni Lindell

April 4

Andrei Tarkovsky

Maya Angelou

April 5

Amalia Guglielminetti

Booker T. Washington

April 6

Leonora Carrington

Lowell Thomas

April 7

Daniel Ellsberg

Gabriela Mistral (Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga)

April 8

Robert Toru

Trina Schart Hyman

April 9

George David Weiss

Paule Marshall (Paule Burke)

April 10

Peter Morgan

George William Russell

John M. (Mike) Ford

April 11

Clive Exton

Attila József

April 12

Thomas Dybdahl

Tama Janowitz

Gary Soto

Tom Clancy

April 13

Drago Jančar

Eudora Welty

Seamus Heaney


April 14



April 15

Benjamin Zephaniah

Leonardo da Vinci

Henry James

(David) Wiley Miller


April 16

Gerry Rafferty

Diane Middlebrook

Anatole France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)


April 17

Ray Kluun

Giusy Ferreri

Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)


April 18

Rithy Panh

Costas [or Kostas] Ferris

George Henry Lewes


April 19

Sandro Petraglia

Maria Ember

Etheridge Knight

April 20

Asia Alfasi

Erna Brodber

John Paul Stevens


April 21

Elaine May

Queen Elizabeth II

Kole Omotosho



April 22

Damien Broderick

Kseniya Simonova

Immanuel Kant

Ana Maria Shua


April 23

Michael Moore

Fadil Hadzic

William Shakespeare


April 24

Eric Bogosian (

Carl (Friedrich Georg) Spitteler (pseudonym Carl Felix Tandem)


April 25

Grace Rasp Nuri

Albert Uderzo


April 26

Ğabdulla Tuqay

Marcus Aurelius

Carol Burnett

I.M. Pei



April 27

Edwin Morgan

Cecil Day Lewis (pseudonym Nicholas Blake)

Russell T Davies


April 28

Carolyn Forché

(Nelle) Harper Lee

Jay Leno

April 29

Egon Erwin Kisch

Jerry Seinfeld

April 30

Jaroslav Hašek

Willie Nelson

Aatish Kapadia

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LitBirthday Judith Jones

Happy Birthday Judith Jones!

Judith Jones

Judith Jones (born March 10, 1924) – U.S. editor and writer

Read the Wikipedia article about Judith Jones here

Read about Judith Jones relationship with cookbooks and Julia Child here and here

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March Litbirthdays

March

March 1

Ralph Ellison

Akutagawa Ryūnosuke

Shantabai Kamble


March 2

Janos Arany

Evgeny Baratynsky

Metta Victoria Fuller Victor (Seeley Regester)

 


March 3

Yury (Karlovich) Olesha

George Miller (George Miliotis)

Caroline Lamarche

March 4

Robert Orben

Miriam Makeba

Khaled Hosseini

Robert Emmet


March 5

MC Solaar

Elisabeth Badinter

March 6

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Andrzej Wajda

Teru Miyamoto

March 7

Georges Perec

Robin Becker

Muhsin Al-Ramli (Arabic: ) محسن الرملي‎

March 8

Kenneth Grahame

Hafid Bouazza

Carole Bayer Sager

March 9

Robert James (Bobby) Fischer

Mickey (Frank Morrison) Spillane

Ismael Serrano

Tecumseh

March 10

Lorenzo Da Ponte

Keren Ann Zeidel (Hebrew: קרן אן זיידל‎)

Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

March 11

Lea Hernandez

Douglas Adams

Ezra Jack Keats

Jean “Binta” Breeze

Alba de Cespedes

March 12

Naomi Shihab Nye

Virginia Hamilton

Tian Han 田汉

Jack (Jean Lous) Kerouac

March 13

Lisa Lutz

André Téchiné

Mahmoud Darwish

Common, U.S. rapper


March 14

Pam Ayres

Horton Foote, Jr.

Caryl Phillips



March 15

Ben Okri

Veronica Maggio

Will.i.am

Madelyn Pugh


March 16

Zoe Jenny

Sully Prudhomme

Richard Matthew Stallman

James Madison


March 17


Yokomitsu Riichi (横光 利一)

Nat King Cole

March 18

Queen Latifah

Luc Besson

Christa Wolf,

John Updike


March 19

John Burnside

Valerio Zurlini

Philip Roth

March 20

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Vera Panova

Lucy Myers Wright Mitchell

March 21

Ved Mehta

Phyllis McGinley

Slavoj Žižek

March 22

Beverley Knight

Louis L’Amour Lawrence Dearborn LaMoore


March 23

Plantu (Jean Plantureux)

Emmy Noether

Akira Kurosawa


March 24

Kate (Catherine Merrial) Webb

Lawrence Ferlinghetti


March 25

Gloria Steinem

Toni Cade Bambara

Thom Loverro


Dorothy Fontana


March 26

Bob Woodward

Robert Frost

Tennessee Williams



March 27

Julia Alvarez

Budd (Seymour Wilson) Schulberg

Ai Qing (艾青) (Jiang Haicheng)

Michael Aris

Abelardo Castillo


March 28

Jennifer Weiner

Dimcho Debelianov (Димчо Дебелянов)

Maxim Gorky (Aleksey Maksimovich Peshkov)

Lauren Weisberger

March 29

Vangelis (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou) (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου)

Andrija Maurović

Lennart Meri

March 30

Thierry Cabot

Céline Dion

Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay (Bangla: শরদিন্দু বন্দোপাধ্যায়)

Moses Maimonides

March 31

Octavio Paz

Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut

René Descartes

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February 17 – Michel Rivgauche

Happy Birthday Michel Rivgauche!

Michel Rivgauche

Michel Rivgauche (born February 17, 1923) French lyricist

Read about Michel Rivgauche here (in French)
The discography of Michel Rivgauche is here

Here’s a short film clip of Michel Rivgauche in 1965:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYS9hLEebuk

Edith Piaf performs “La Foule” (lyrics by Michel Rivgauche)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzFJAJvyb6Y

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February LitBirthdays

February

February 1

Big Boi

Langston Hughes

Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin

February 2

Xuân Diệu

Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr.

James Joyce

February 3

Paul Auster

Marlon Riggs

James Michener

February 4

Abdul Rahman Badawi

Buell Gordon Gallagher

Betty Friedan

February 5

Andrew Greeley

Adassa

Jermain Wesley Loguen

Jovan Dučić

February 6

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Melvin B. Tolson

Anne Spencer

Christopher Marlowe

Nay Win Myint

February 7

Gay Talese

Chris Rock

Eubie Blake

Charles Dickens

February 8

Nancy Oliver

Mae Street Kidd

Ron Tyson

John Grisham

February 9

Carole King

Alice Walker

Cassandra Steen

Amy Lowell

 

February 10

Johan Harstad

Michael Anthony

Roberta Flack

Ivri Lider

 

February 11

Celeste O. Norfleet

Jarena Lee

Florynce Kennedy

Lydia Maria Child

John Langalibalele Dube

February 12

Michel Joseph Martelly “Sweet Micky”

George Elliott Clarke

Abraham Lincoln

Charles Darwin

February 13

Mark Watson

Lenard Duane Moore

Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Georges Simenon

February 14

Beejan Olfat

Richard Allen

Carlton Moss

Dwele

Frederick Douglass

Eric Andersen

February 15

Miep Gies

Brian Holland

Masuji Ibuse

Adam Nadasdy


February 16

Elisabeth Eybers

Otis Blackwell

Paul Gilroy

Ice-T

February 17

Julia de Burgos

Huey Newton

Lupe Fiasco

February 18

Leonard (Len) Deighton

Audre Lorde

Toni Morrison

Nikos Kazantzakis

February 19

Jaan Kross

Clifton Taulbert

Eileen Jackson Southern

Andre Breton

February 20

Nevena Stefanova

Linda Brown

Ellis Cose

Buffy Sainte Marie

February 21

Hakan Nesser

Claudia Jones

Corey Harris

Anais Nin

Hanne-Vibeke Holst

February 22

Danilo Kis

William Whipper

Ishmael Reed

James Russell Lowell

February 23

Aziz Ansari

Claude Brown

W.E.B. DuBois

February 24

Alain Mabanckou

Kasi Lemmons

Grant Allen

February 25

Russell Atkins

George Schuyler

Mary Coyle Chase

George Harrison

February 26

Adem Demaçi

Fats Domino

Sharon Bell Mathis

Victor Hugo

Jela Krečič

February 27

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

J. Rawls

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

February 28

Adelle McQueen

Anthony Kelley

Jeanne Cherhal

February 29

Natasha Beaulieu

Dempsey Books are on Amazon.com

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January LitBirthdays

January LitBirthdays

January is National Hot Tea Month

January 1

Happy New Year!

Edward Morgan Forster

Isma’il Raji al-Faruqi

René de Ceccatty

January 2

André Aciman

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Isaac Asimov

Lynda Barry

January 3

Rodrigo de la Cadena

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Savitri Bai Phule

January 4

Harlan Coben

Gao Xingjian

January 5

Hayao Miyazaki 宮崎 駿

Umberto Eco

January 6

Carl Sandburg

Karin Slaughter

Idris Davies

C.D. Wright

January 7

Nicholson Baker

Shobhaa Dé

Zora Neale Hurston

January 8

Stephen Hawking

Terence Dean “Terry” Brooks

Gaston Miron

Fanny Bullock Workman

January 9

Simone de Beauvoir

Hayim Nachman Bialik

Thorvald Steen

January 10

Peter Barnes

Louise Carver

Fran Walsh

January 11

Alan Paton

Siti Nurhaliza

Sulamith Wülfing


January 12

Jack London

Ferenc Molnár

Inoue Takehiko

Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹)

January 13

Shahnon Ahmad

Flora Nwapa

Jay McInerney


January 14

LL Cool J

Emily Hahn

Albert Schweitzer

January 15

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sonya Kovalevsky

Giles Milton

Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Mikki Doyle (Miriam Leventhal)



January 16

Garth Ennis

Robert W. Service

Laura Riding


January 17

Anne Bronte

Benjamin Franklin

Brian Thomas Helgeland

January 18

A.A. Milne

A.A. Milne too

Sally Morgan


January 19

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe too

Breda Smolnikar

January 20

Ernesto Cardenal

Nancy Kress

Uni Arge

January 21

Judith Merril

Richie Havens

Eva Ibbotson

January 22

Subhash Ram Prajapati

Arkady Gaidar

Francis Bacon

January 23

Elvira Lindo

Derek Walcott

January 24

Marguerite Durand

Edith Wharton

Vítězslava Kaprálová

January 25

Gloria Naylor

Virginia Woolf

David Grossman

January 26

Shinjo Mayu

Jules Feiffer

Henry Jaglom

January 27

Eliette Abécassis

Mordecai Richler

Djavan

January 28

Colette

José Martí

Arnaldur Indriðason

Frank Darabont

January 29

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

Leslie Bricusse

Anton (Pavlovich) Chekhov

Germaine Greer

Grazyna Miller

January 30

Lady Anne Clifford

Jack Spicer

Anton Tammsaare

January 31

Daniel Tammet

Arnold Geulincx

K.Maro

Kenzaburō Ōe

Dempsey Books are on Amazon.com

 

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December 31 – Ronnie del Carmen

Happy Birthday Ronnie del Carmen!

Ronnie del Carmen

Ronnie del Carmen (born December 31, 1959) U.S./Filipino director, screenwriter, artist, designer of animated films – Inside Out (2015); Ratatouille (2007)

Read the Wikipedia aritcle about Ronnie del Carmen

See some of Ronnie del Carmen’s pre-Pixar art here

Ronnie del Carmen talks about his inspiration for making Inside Out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRN6mjgfJZc&app=desktop

And del Carmen talks about collaborating as co-director of Inside Out with Pete Docter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Rt_CsFWDbk

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