November 16 Writer Birthdays

1313 – Ibn al-Khatib (full name Muhammad ibn Abd Allah ibn Said ibn Ali ibn Ahmad al-Salmani, also called the Poet of Al-Andalus), Spanish writer, poet, historian, philosopher, autobiographer, physician, and politician; some of his poems decorate the walls of the palace of Alhambra in Granada; in 1374, he was imprisoned for heresy and atheismContinue reading “November 16 Writer Birthdays”

November 15 Writer Birthdays

0241 – Cao Mao, Chinese poet who was the fourth emperor of the state of Cao Wei during the Three Kingdoms period of China; he was a grandson of Cao Pi, the first emperor of Wei. 1494 – Yahya Efendi (also called Molla Shaykhzadeh), Turkish Ottoman Islamic scholar, sufi, and poet who served as aContinue reading “November 15 Writer Birthdays”

November 14 Writer Birthdays

1389 – Muhammad ibn Arabshah (full name Abu Muhammad Shihab al-Din Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Abd Allah ibn Ibrahim), Arab writer, historian, and translator who worked in the court of Sultan Muhammad Uthman translating Arabic books to Turkish and Persian; the famous Muslim scholar, Abd al-Wahhab ibn Arabshah, is his son. 1861 – Frederick JacksonContinue reading “November 14 Writer Birthdays”

November 13 Writer Birthdays

1715 – Dorothea Christiane Erxleben (née Leporin), German physician who was the first female medical doctor in Germany, and the first woman licensed by a regulating medical body to practice medicine in the world; she researched and wrote about why more women did not have an education. 1785 – Lady Caroline Lamb, Anglo-Irish aristocrat, novelist,Continue reading “November 13 Writer Birthdays”

November 12 Writer Birthdays

1527 – Qi Jiguang, Chinese Ming Dynasty general and author who wrote military manuals and is considered a military hero in Chinese culture. 1648 – Juana Inés de la Cruz, scholar, poet, writer, composer, mathematician, playwright, philosopher, feminist, and nun in New Spain (now Mexico). 1666 – Mary Astell, English writer, philosopher, and rhetorician whoseContinue reading “November 12 Writer Birthdays”

November 11 Writer Birthdays

1821 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and journalist best known for his later novels, including Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamozov; his literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century Russia, with a variety of philosophical and religious themes. 1846 – Anna Katharine Green,Continue reading “November 11 Writer Birthdays”

November 10 Writer Birthdays

1483 – Martin Luther, German priest and theological scholar whose writings sparked the Protestant Reformation. 1577 – Jacob Cats, Dutch poet, humorist, autobiographer, and politician; in his time, he was enormously popular in his own country, where he is still referred to as Father Cats. 1730 – Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist and playwright, best knownContinue reading “November 10 Writer Birthdays”

NaNo Novel Progress

I’m more than a week into National Novel Writing month, so it’s about time for an update. I’m a NaNo Rebel this year, meaning I’m not following the usual NaNoWriMo protocol of beginning with a brand new novel project at the beginning of the month and planning to write 50,000 words on it during theContinue reading “NaNo Novel Progress”

November 9 Writer Birthdays

1721 – Mark Akenside, English poet and physician; renowned poet Alexander Pope called him, “no ordinary writer.” 1731 – Benjamin Banneker, African-American U.S. author, almanac editor, mathematician, inventor, and astronomer who was the son of an ex-slave and a former indentured servant; he corresponded with Thomas Jefferson. 1732 – Jeanne Julie Éléonore de Lespinasse, FrenchContinue reading “November 9 Writer Birthdays”

Book Review: Kindred

Why Does a Harry Potter Group Read Kindred? I recently led a book discussion of Octavia Butler’s time-travel novel, Kindred. This was not my regular book club or the Anti-Racist Book Club, though the novel could fit well into the reading list of either group. It was my Harry Potter group. When I sat downContinue reading “Book Review: Kindred”