Thursday, August 20, 2009

This Week In Reading August 16 - 22

Authors born this week -

Nobel Prize in Literature
Poet Salvatore Quasimodo (1959), novelist V. S. Naipaul (2001)

Novelists and story writers
Samuel Richardson, Albert Cohen, Vilhelm Moberg, James Gould-Cozzens, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Vasily Aksyonov, Melvin Van Peebles, E. Annie Proulx, Roger Stone, Greg Bear, Jonathan Coe

Poets and Playwrights
Edgar Guest, Ogden Nash, Charles Bukowksi, Ted Hughes, Li Young Lee Playwrights: James Kirkwood, Jr.

Thinkers, Believers, Scientists, Historians, Biographers
Paul Tillich Scientists: Margaret Murie Biographers: T. E. Lawrence, Frank McCourt

Humorists, Essayists, Editors, Journalists, Officials, Media and Others
Dorothy Parker, X. J. Kennedy Essayists: Mary Matalin Editors: William Maxwell, Malcolm Forbes Officials: Bill Clinton, Tipper Gore

Mystery / Crime / Suspense Writers
Vincent Bugliosi

Fantasy / Science Fiction Writers
H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, M. M. Kaye Science Fiction: Hugo Gernsback, Brian Aldiss

Romance / Historical Fiction Writers
Romance: Jacqueline Susann Historical Fiction: Georgette Heyer

Visual Artists
Aubrey Beardsley, Ivan Bilibin, Chynna Clugston Graphic Novelists: Brian Michael Bendis Cartoonists: Otto Messmer, Stephen Hillenburg

Young People’s Writers
Dianna Wynne Jones, Will Shetterly

Events to read about this week: The Salem witch trials, Nat Turner's rebellion, the Lincoln – Douglas debates, the women's suffrage amendment, Darwin's theory of evolution, Hawaii's statehood, tjhe death of Elvis, and the births of Sam Goldwyn and Gene Roddenberry.

Columnist Robert Novak (78), news producer Don Hewitt (85)

This Week’s Questions:
Which author born this week wrote which of these?

Is Dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.

If with the literate I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.

Answer to Last Week’s Questions:
Julia Child, born and raised next door in Pasadena, received the National Book Award for Julia Child and More Company in 1980. This was an outgrowth of her later television program called Julia Child and Company. Her first PBS program, The French Chef, based on her first co-written book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was the first national program to be captioned for deaf viewers. Her kitchen from that program is on display at the Smithsonian, in the National Museum of American History. Julia Child's influence on American cuisine after the 1960s is incalculable.

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