Wednesday, April 1, 2009

This Week in Reading March 29 - April 4

Literary Names of Note This Week

Humorists, Essayists, Editors, Journalists, Biographers, and Others: Eric Idle, Amy Sedaris / Ted Morgan, Herb Caen, Kenneth Tynan / Giacomo Casanova, Kittty Kelley / Leo Buscaglia.

Mystery / Crime / Suspense Writers: Dan Simmons.

Fantasy / Science Fiction Writers: Anne McCaffrey, Samuel R. Delaney.

Romance / Historical Fiction Writers: George McDonald Fraser.

Graphic Novelists / Cartoonists / Illustrators: Sandra Boynton / Steven T. Seagle.

Children’s / Teen Authors: Hans Christian Andersen, Anna Sewell,, Mark Shulman.

As always, a week of events to read about.

This Week’s Questions: 1) This week many Glendale High School students need to find out about an author for a current assignment. At least two born this week are among the favorites asked about at the Central Library Reference Desk and branches. Here’s a little about both writers.

One intended to “become America’s first black female Proust," the other wanted “to change consciousness … to imagine a better world.

Both had difficult lives; one was born in Detroit, the other in Saint Louis. They both wrote poetry as well as fiction, and both became spokespersons for civil rights and women’s issues. Who are they?

You can find out much about these two and many other authors or poets in Biography Resource Center and Magill on Literature in Glendale Public Library Online Resources with your library card number. There are biographies, bibliographies, and analyses of their work, with pictures!

2) Two authors born this week both wrote stories about headless horsemen. Who are they?

Answers to Last Week’s Question:

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Poem – Robert Frost The Death of the Hired Hand

Everybody, my friend, everybody lives for something better to come. That's why we want to be considerate of every man— Who knows what's in him, why he was born and what he can do?” Play – Maxim GorkyThe Lower Depths

And now the fancy passes by and nothing will remain, and miles around they'll say that I am quite myself again.“ Poem – A. E. HousmanA Shropshire Lad

Every day a little sting, in the heart and in the head.” Poetic lyrics in a play – Stephen Sondheim A Little Night Music

All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.” Play – Tennessee WilliamsThe Glass Menagerie

The pennycandystore beyond the El is where I first fell in love with unreality.” Poem – Lawrence FerlinghettiA Coney Island of the Mind

No comments:

Search the Book Talk archives!