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”

January 10 Writer Birthdays

1860 – Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts, Canadian poet and prose writer who is known as the Father of Canadian Poetry and also published works on Canadian exploration and natural history; one of the first Canadian authors to be recognized worldwide, he was also a tireless promoter of Canadian literature. 1883 – Aleksey Nikolayevich TolstoyContinue reading “January 10 Writer Birthdays”

January 9 Writer Birthdays

1728 – Thomas Warton, critic and poet who became British Poet Laureate. 1790 – Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish romantic poet. 1811 – Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer and humorist whose family claimed descent from Thomas Becket. 1829 – Thomas William Robertson, English playwright. 1832 – Félix-Gabriel Marchand, journalist, author, and politician who wasContinue reading “January 9 Writer Birthdays”

January 8 Writer Birthdays

1589 – Ivan (Dživo) Franov Gundulić (nickname Mačica), the most celebrated Croatian Baroque poet from the Republic of Ragusa (now southern Croatia). 1601 – Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer whose proto-existentialist writings were lauded by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. 1824 – Wilkie Collins, Victorian-era English novelist and lifelong friend of CharlesContinue reading “January 8 Writer Birthdays”

January 7 Writer Birthdays

1873 – Charles Péguy, important French poet, essayist, and editor. 1891 – Zora Neale Hurston, American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker of the Harlem Renaissance, best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. 1914 – Dorothy Lavinia Brown (also known as “Dr. D.”), African-American surgeon, legislator, and educator who wrote essays, an autobiography, andContinue reading “January 7 Writer Birthdays”