Thursday, September 17, 2009

This Week in Reading September 13 - 19

Authors born this week

Nobel Prize in Literature
Novelist F. E. Sillinpaa ( ), novelist William Golding ( )

Novelists and story writers
Francisco de Quevedo, James Fenimore Cooper, Hamlin Garland, Sherwood Anderson, William March, Frank O’Connor, Mike Waltari, Adolfo Bioy, Michel Butor, Larry Collins, Ken Kesey, Bernard MacLaverty, James Alan McPherson, Nancy Huston, Walt Becker, Justin Haythe

Poets and Playwrights
Poets: William Carlos Williams, Gunnar Ekelof, Mario Benedetti, Breyten Breytenbach Playwrights: J. B. Priestly, Anna Deavere Smith

Thinkers, Believers, Scientists, Historians, Biographers
Thinkers: Allan Bloom Historians: Francis Parkman, Enrique Krauze Scientists: Peter Scott

Humorists, Essayists, Editors, Journalists, Officials, Media and Others
Humorists: Robert Benchley, Rita Rudner, Wendy Northcutt Essayists: Clive Bell, T. E. Hulme, Laurence J. Peter, Richard Norman Perle, Marc Reisner Editors: Samuel Johnson, Roger Angell Journalists: Chris Hedges Media and Others: Jean Renoir, James Lipton, Judith Martin, Joan Lunden, Tavis Smiley

Mystery / Crime / Suspense Writers
Mystery: Agatha Christie

Fantasy / Science Fiction Writers
Science Fiction: Damon Knight, Norman Spinrad, Howard Waldrop

Visual Artists
Graphic Novelists: Kurt Busiek Cartoonists: Jeff MacNelly

Young People’s Writers
H.A. Rey, Robert McCloskey, Roald Dahl, Hope Larsen

Events to read about this week:
The events include Constitution Day, the founding of General Motors, the NFL, the American Legion, the criminal career of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a tem, and the air ace career of the Red Baron. Two people ran into barriers in Hollywood: an actress jumped of the Hollywood Sign and a Russian premier was denied access to Disneyland.

Biographer, poet Jim Carroll (60)
Screenwriter Larry Gelbart (81), last week.

This Week’s Question:
Which author born this week besides Agatha Christie sold over one hundred million books?

Answer to Last Week’s Questions:
"To the Puritan, all things are impure, as somebody says."D. H. Lawrence
"The great artists of the world are never Puritans, and seldom even ordinarily respectable."H.L. Mencken
"Perhaps there is no happiness in life so perfect as the martyr's." - O. Henry
"Puritanism persists, yet there is a remarkable shift away from moralism and hypocrisy and toward plain inconsistency."Paul Goodman
"Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.” – Leo Tolstoy

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