January 18 Writer Birthdays

1779 – Peter Mark Roget, British thesaurus developer and physician. 1867 – Rubén Darío, born Félix Rubén Garcia-Sarmiento, Nicaraguan poet and short-story writer. 1882 – A.A. Milne, British playwright, screenwriter, humor writer, and children’s author, best known for his Winnie the Pooh books and other children’s poetry. 1886 – Clara Nordström, maiden name and pseudonymContinue reading “January 18 Writer Birthdays”

January 17 Writer Birthdays

1600 – Pedro Calderón de la Barca (full name Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño!), a dramatist, poet, and writer of the Spanish Golden Age who was also a soldier and a Roman Catholic priest. 1814 – Ellen Wood, bestselling English novelist, better known as Mrs.Continue reading “January 17 Writer Birthdays”

January 16 Writer Birthdays

Today is my teenage son’s birthday. It would be a bit of a stretch, but you could call him a published author. When he was 6, he entered a contest for Kids’ Letters to President Obama. He was one of the winners, and had his letter appear in the book of that name. If youContinue reading “January 16 Writer Birthdays”

January 15 Writer Birthdays

1622 – Molière (real name Jean-Baptiste Polian), French playwright who is considered one of the masters of comedy in Western literature. 1711 – Sidonia Hedwig Zäunemann (known as die Zäunemännin), German poet who became Poet Laureate of Göttingen at the age of 24. 1850 – Mihai Eminescu (born Mihail Eminovic), Romantic poet, novelist, editor, journalist,Continue reading “January 15 Writer Birthdays”

January 14 Writer Birthdays

1875 – Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Prize-winning French theologian, writer, organist, philosopher, and physician whose name has become synonymous with humanitarianism. 1882 – Hendrik Willem Van Loon, Dutch-American historian, journalist, and children’s book writer, known for his world history for children, The Story of Mankind, which 1n 1922 won the first Newbery Award. 1886 – HughContinue reading “January 14 Writer Birthdays”

Postcards From the World, Part 3

Here is probably the best Postcrossing postcard I’ve received in the past week, an illustration by Nata Blansh called “Hogwarts Is My Home.” The card came to me from Anya, an English teacher in Moscow. She says that she’s a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, and that Severus Snape is her favorite character.Continue reading “Postcards From the World, Part 3”

January 13 Writer Birthdays

1832 – Horatio Alger Jr., American author known for his “rags-to-riches” children’s books about impoverished boys who improve their situations through courage, honesty, and hard work. 1901 – A.B. Guthrie Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer best known for his novel The Way West. 1926 – Michael Bond, English author most famous for his children’s booksContinue reading “January 13 Writer Birthdays”

January 12 Writer Birthdays

1628 – Charles Perrault, French author and member of the Académie française who collected pre-existing folk tales to lay the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale. 1874 – Laura Adams Armer, Newbery Medal-winning American artist, author, and photographer. 1876 – Jack London, American journalist, activist, and author of adventure fiction, best knownContinue reading “January 12 Writer Birthdays”

January 11 Writer Birthdays

1870 – Alice Hegan Rice, also known as Alice Caldwell Hegan, bestselling American novelist. 1887 – Aldo Leopold, American author, ecologist, philosopher, and environmentalist, best known for his bestselling book A Sand County Almanac. 1897 – Bernard DeVoto, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian and author who specialized in the American West. 1903 – Alan Paton, SouthContinue reading “January 11 Writer Birthdays”

Photo Friday: Lit-Up Little Free Library

I know the Christmas season is technically over, but my son likes to leave the decorations up until his mid-January birthday, so we’re still celebrating here. And I realize I haven’t used my blog to show off my newly illuminated Little Free Library! Are you familiar with Little Free Libraries? There are more than 90,000Continue reading “Photo Friday: Lit-Up Little Free Library”