Postcards From the World: Feminist Books

I actually have the collection this card came in, as part of my huge stock of postcards to send. Each card in the series has a different stack of books. I love these!

I received a great Postcrossing postcard today. This came from a Postcrosser here in the U.S., in Tacoma, Washington. Diane is a brand new Postcrosser, having joined only a few weeks ago.

On the card, she wrote about wanting to travel more. She saw in my profile that I have visited all 50 U.S. states, and says she has the same goal. In fact, this summer she plans to get to Maine, Wyoming, and both Dakotas. She didn’t say how many more states she has to “collect” after that.

Speaking of collections, I love the collection of feminist books on the card, shown at right. I have read only a few of these, and I think I will add the rest to my to-be-read list.

April 27 Writer Birthdays

1682 – Claudine Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin (Baroness of Saint-Martin-de-Ré), French novelist, writer, and salonnière.

1737 – Edward Gibbon, English historian and politician, known for his major work The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

1759 – Mary Wollstonecraft, British writer and woman’s rights pioneer who was also the mother of author Mary Shelley.

1853 – Margaret Moyes Black, Scottish novelist and biographer who used the pseudonym M.B. Fife.

1855 – Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (née Hamilton), Irish novelist whose light romantic fiction was popular throughout the English-speaking world.

1866 – Pencho Slaveykov, Bulgarian poet, writer, librarian, translator, and journalist who was one of the participants in the Misal (“Thought”) circle.

1877 – José María Zeledón Brenes, award-winning Costa Rican poet, journalist, author, children’s writer, and politician who is best known as the author of Costa Rica’s national anthem; some of his work was written under the pen name Billo Zeledón.

1882 – Jessie Redmon Fauset, African-American editor, novelist, poet, essayist, and educator who was a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance, credited with shaping African-American literature both by discovering and encouraging many writers, and through her own work, in which she focused on portraying a true image of African-American life and history, including Black characters who were working professionals and story lines related to racial discrimination, “passing,” and feminism.

1886 – Pura Villanueva Kalaw, Filipina feminist nonfiction author, journalist, columnist, editor, and cookbook author.

1889 – Arnulf Øverland, Norwegian writer, poet, and artist; he is principally known for his poetry, which inspired the Norwegian resistance against the German occupation of Norway during World War II.

1898 – Ludwig Bemelmans, Austria-Hungary born American writer, known for the Madeline children’s books.

1899 – S. Kanapathipillai, Sri Lankan Tamil writer, literary figure, and Hindu revivalist.

1904 – Cecil Day-Lewis, Anglo-Irish poet (pen name Nicholas Blake) who was U.K. Poet Laureate; he was the father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

1911 – Rambha Manmohan Gandhi, prolific Indian writer of plays, short stories, songs, and essays who wrote in the Gujarati language.

1913 – Irving Adler, American author of science books, primarily for children, some under the name Robert Irving.

1920 – Edwin Morgan, Scottish Renaissance poet and translator.

1927 – Coretta Scott King, American author, activist, and civil rights leader; wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1933 – N. Mohanan, award-winning Indian short-story writer and novelist who wrote in the Malayalam language.

1934 – Jean Valentine, National Book Award-winning American poet and New York Poet Laureate.

1937 – Adam Clymer, American journalist and political reporter.

1937 – Zhang Jie, award-winning Chinese novelist and short-story writer who is one of China’s first contributors to feminist fiction.

1938 – Marie-Jose Fauvelle Ripert (better known as Miyó Vestrini), French-born Venezuelan poet, journalist, and scriptwriter.

1942 – Ruth Glick, American author of cookbooks, romances, and young-adult novels, some of them under the pseudonym Rebecca York.

1945 – Helen Hodgman, award-winning Scottish-born Australian novelist.

1945 – August Wilson, American playwright who won two Pulitzer Prizes.

1947 – Astrid Roemer, award-winning Surinamese novelist, poet, playwright, children’s author, and teacher who now lives in the Netherlands.

1951 – Luis Zapata Quiroz, Mexican novelist, short-story writer, and playwright who is one of the most prominent gay writers in Mexican literature.

1955 – Pija Lindenbaum (born Pia Margareta Lindenbaum), Swedish author, illustrator, children’s writer, and designer.

1959 – Nicholas D. Kristof, American journalist, columnist, and author who won two Pulitzer Prizes.

1963 – Russell T. Davies (real name Stephen Russell Davies), British screenwriter best known for his 2005 revival of Doctor Who.

1973 – Yemisi Aribisala, award-winning Nigerian writer, essayist, and food memoirist who has been described as having a “fearless, witty, and unapologetic voice”; she is renowned for her work in documenting Nigerian food as an entry point to thinking and understanding the culture and society. She is now based in South Africa.

1974 – Laura Malin, Brazilian novelist, biographer, journalist, and screenwriter.

1977 – Chiara Gamberale, Italian writer, television presenter, and radio presenter.

NaNo No No

Darn. I was doing so well on my Camp NaNoWriMo goal this month. For most of the month, I was ahead of my target word count. Then I went away to take my kid back to campus a few days ago, and even though I’m back, my writing came to a screeching halt. I haven’t added to word count since then, and now I am behind.

My goal for the month is 20,000 words on the novel, and my word count so far stands at 16,407. I will have to scramble to catch up.

April 26 Writer Birthdays

121 – Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and influential Stoic philosopher.

1711 – David Hume, Scottish philosopher, historian, and essayist.

1711 – Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, French writer, journalist, children’s writer, and folklorist who wrote the best known version of Beauty and the Beast.

1785 – John James Audubon, French-American ornithologist and painter, best known for his book The Birds of America.

1886 – Ğabdulla Tuqay, Turkic poet, critic, and publisher who is considered the founder of modern Tatar literature.

1889 – Anita Loos, prolific, Oscar-winning American author, screenwriter, and playwright who wrote both fiction and nonfiction and was the first-ever female scriptwriter in Hollywood.

1889 – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-British philosopher, teacher, and logician who wrote about the philosophy of mathematics and about language.

1898 – Vincente Aleixandre (full name Vicente Pío Marcelino Cirilo Aleixandre y Merlo), Nobel Prize-winning Spanish poet.

1911 – A.H. Raskin, Canadian-born journalist, labor reporter, editorial writer, and editor who worked for the New York Times for more than 40 years.

1912 – A.E. van Vogt, American “Golden Age” science-fiction writer who influenced later writers with his fragmented, bizarre narrative style.

1914 – Bernard Malamud, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short-story writer who also won two National Book Awards; his baseball novel, The Natural, was adapted into a film starring Robert Redford.

1932 – Birgitta Stenberg, Swedish screenwriter, writer, translator, illustrator, journalist, and children’s writer

1933 – Carol Burnett, American actress, comedian, humor writer, playwright, and memoirist who has won many awards, including multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Awards.

1935 – Patricia Reilly Giff, prolific American children’s and young-adult author who is a two-time Newbery Honor winner and was also a teacher.

1946 – Marilyn Nelson, award-winning American poet, translator, professor, and children’s author who has also published under the name Marilyn Nelson Waniek; much of her fiction is on historical subjects, but she has also written a memoir.

1966 – Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winning American poet and professor who was U.S. Poet Laureate; she has been called “a poet of exquisite delicacy and poise who is always unveiling the racial and historical inequities of our country and the ongoing personal expense of these injustices.”

1991 – Bartika Eam Rai is a Nepali poet, blogger, singer, and songwriter.

April 25 Writer Birthdays

1873 – Walter De La Mare, English poet, novelist, and short-story writer best remembered for his children’s stories and ghost stories.

1892 – Maud Hart Lovelace, American author best known for her historical novels and for her Betsy-Tacy series for children.

1899 – Grace Rasp-Nuri, Turkish Cypriot-German novelist for children and adults whose work was sometimes autobiographical.

1906 – Pudhumaipithan (pseudonym of C. Viruthachalam), controversial Indian writer who was one of the most influential and revolutionary writers of Tamil fiction; his works were characterized by social satire, progressive thinking, and outspoken criticism of accepted conventions.

1914 – Ross Lockridge Jr., American writer whose only novel, the bestselling Raintree County, was made into a movie starring Elizabeth Taylor.

1922 – Ayako Miura, bestselling Japanese novelist who published more than 80 works of fiction and nonfiction.

1927 – Corín Tellado (full name María del Socorro Tellado López), prolific Spanish writer of bestselling romantic novels and photonovels who was listed in the 1994 Guinness Book of World Records as having sold the most books written in Spanish; in 1962 UNESCO declared her the most read Spanish writer after Miguel de Cervantes.

1927 – Albert Uderzo, French comic-book artist and scriptwriter.

1933 – J. Anthony Lukas, American journalist, editor, and nonfiction author who won a National Book Award and two Pulitzer Prizes.

1939 – Ted Kooser, American poet and essayist who was a U.S. Poet Laureate; his work is conversational in style and celebrates everyday life in the Midwestern U.S.

1949 – James Fenton, English poet, professor, journalist, literary critic, art critic, theater critic, and librettist.

1952 – Padgett Powell, American novelist in the Southern literary tradition.

1962 – Thamizhachi Thangapandian, Indian poet, lyricist, writer, orator, and politician; she was also elected a Member of Parliament.

1966 – Femke Halsema, Dutch writer, columnist, essayist, memoirist, sociologist, criminologist, mayor of Amsterdam, and a member of the House of Representatives.

Back to School

I posted a few days ago that our quarantine was over and we could bring our son back to school. He had to quarantine because his roommate tested positive for covid, and my son chose to serve his quarantine time at home instead of in a dismal motel room arranged by the university. I wasn’t fully vaccinated yet, so while he was home, I’d had to quarantine too.

As it turned out, getting out of quarantine was a little more involved than he’d been led to believe. He’d been told he would be allowed back on campus if he tested positive last Tuesday or later. In reality, that test also had to be within 48 hours of arriving back to campus.

He was tested here at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. We had planned to bring him back to school late Thursday afternoon. Then we found out about the 48-hour thing. We knew he could not have contracted covid between Tuesday and Thursday, since we hadn’t been out of the house the whole time. But we needed to get him to school by 1:30 Thursday, or we would have to get him tested again (for the third time in a week.)

We couldn’t get him to campus by 1:30 pm, because he had to be in online classes here at home on Thursday. The last one ended at 12:35, and campus is nearly 2.5 hours away, so that was not going to work. At 11:45 am Friday, he was supposed to play violin in a concert on campus, so we couldn’t just schedule another test at home and let him go back on the weekend.

So we scheduled an on-campus rapid-result covid test for him early Friday morning. Then we drove down Thursday after he finished his online classes, checked into a hotel for the night, and took him for his covid test first thing Friday. While he sat in the hotel room afterward, attending a Zoom class, Bob and I went to a coffee shop to pick up some takeout breakfast for us all. By the time we arrived back with the food, the rapid test result had come in negative, as we knew it would.

Once he had the results, his ID card was reactivated so he could get into his dorm building. We unloaded the stuff he’d had to take home for his quarantine period, he changed into his concert clothes, and we dropped him off at the concert hall. We weren’t allowed into the concert, so we ran errands until he was finished, met him back there, and took him back to his dorm to help him unpack and move back in.

We were about to leave, but he begged us to stay to help him with a paper that was due that evening for World Music class. We read the article it was supposed to be based on, explained the parts he was unclear on, and let him bounce ideas off of us for a while. It was an interesting topic, about whether the popularity of World Music in Western countries is a boon to the indigenous cultures it grew out of, or harmful to them. Helping him with schoolwork felt a little like having a high-schooler again. Eventually, we took him to dinner (outdoor dining). Then we filled the car with some stuff from his dorm room that he won’t need again, and then drove home, leaving him there for the final two weeks of school.

I’m glad he was able to go back, but I’m already missing him. It won’t be for long. He has another week of classes, and then final exams.

April 24 Writer Birthdays

1804 – Cho Koran, Japanese poet, artist, and educator, known for her study of Chinese arts and specialization in bunjinga ink paintings, and for founding a private school for teaching Chinese poetry to women.

1815 – Anthony Trollope, popular Victorian-era English novelist, known for books set in fictional Barsetshire.

1825 – R.M. Ballantyne, prolific Scottish children’s author, writer, painter, and businessperson.

1830 – Charlotta Eugenia Augusta Amalia Albertina (Princess Eugénie of Sweden and Norway) writer, translator, painter, sculptor, and composer who was the daughter of King Oscar I of Sweden and Josephine of Leuchtenberg.

1845 – Carl Spitteler, Nobel Prize-winning Swiss poet who also wrote as Carl Felix Tandem.

1862 – A.C. Benson, English essayist, poet, author and educator.

1874 – Penelope Delta, Greek author of books for children and teens who was one of the first Greek writer children’s books; her historical novels have been widely read and have influenced Greek popular perceptions on national identity and history. She committed suicide in 1941 on the day German troops entered Athens in World War II.

1881 – Gemma La Guardia Gluck, American-born writer of Italian Jewish origin, who lived in Hungary and was a survivor of the Holocaust; her autobiography tells of her experience as a survivor of the Ravensbrück concentration camp, but also offers vivid memories of her childhood spent in America with her parents and her brother Fiorello La Guardia, the future first Italian-American mayor of New York.

1900 – Elizabeth Goudge, English author of novels and children’s books.

1905 – Robert Penn Warren, American novelist and poet; winner of three Pulitzer Prizes; the only person ever to have won for both poetry and prose. Best known for his novel All the King’s Men, ranked by Modern Library as the 36th greatest novel of the 20th century.

1908 – George Oppen, American poet and Pulitzer Prize winner.

1911 – Evaline Ness, Caldecott Medal-winning American children’s book author and illustrator who is known for using a great variety of artistic media and methods.

1912 – Marta Rădulescu, Romanian novelist, poet, travel writer, journalist, children’s author, politician, and mountaineer.

1913 – Janet Hinshaw Caird , Malawi-born British and American writer of Scottish mysteries, poems, and short stories.

1918 – T.N. Gopinathan Nair, award-winning Indian Malayalam writer who was best known as a prolific playwright; he was also a screenwriter, journalist, novelist, essayist, biographer, poet, and actor.

1921 – Gabriel Imomotimi Okara, Nigerian poet and novelist who is considered the first Modernist African poet who wrote in English; in his poems and prose he drew on African thought, religion, folklore, and imagery.

1922 – Susanna Agnelli, Contessa Rattazzi, Italian writer, politician, and businessperson who was the first woman to be appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in Italy.

1923 – Doris Burn, American children’s book author and Illustrator.

1924 – Sir Clement Freud, German-born English writer, politician, broadcaster, and chef, known for the children’s book Grimble; grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. He married June Flewett, who was C.S. Lewis’s inspiration for the character Lucy in the Chronicles of Narnia.

1924 – Nora Bustamante Luciani, Venezuelan physician, historian, writer, and intellectual.

1925 – Muriel Dorothy Butler (née Norgrove), award-winning New Zealand children’s book author, bookseller, memoirist, and reading advocate.

1931 – Dvora Waysman, award-winning Australian-born Israeli author, short-story writer, and educator; her topics include travel, family life, and Jewish history and culture.

1934 – D. Jayakanthan (popularly known as JK), prolific, award-winning Indian novelist, journalist, short-story writer, autobiographer, orator, filmmaker, critic, and activist; several of his novels have been adapted into films.

1934 – Shirley MacLaine, Oscar and Emmy Award-winning American actress and author of new-age autobiographies; her brother is actor/director Warren Beatty.

1939 – Brian Garfield, American novelist, nonfiction writer, and screenwriter who has also used pen names Brian Wynne and Frank Wynne.

1940 – Sue Grafton, bestselling American novelist known especially for her “alphabet mysteries.”

1946 – Kamla Bhasin, Indian poet, author, scientist, and feminist activist; much of her work focuses on gender, education, human development, and the media.

1948 – Kohei Tsuka, Korean-Japanese playwright, theater director, and screenwriter who was so influential that modern Japanese theatrical history is often divided into the pre-Tsuka and post-Tsuka periods.

1953 – Eric Bogosian, playwright, novelist, historian, and actor; he is best known for his Pulitzer-nominated play Talk Radio.

1965 – Colin Cheong Wye Mun (Zhen Wai Mung), award-winning Singaporean novelist.

1970 – Simone Elkeles, author of bestselling teen romances.

1973 – Rula Jebreal, Israeli-Italian journalist, foreign policy analyst, journalist, novelist, nonfiction author, and screenwriter.

1973 – Damon Lindelof, screenwriter and producer best known as head writer for the TV show Lost and as the writer of Star Trek Into Darkness.

1973 – Sourav Mukhopadhyay, Indian Bengali author of novels and short stories for adults and children.

Photo Friday: Dogs of Del Ray

Dog owners paid a fee to have their own pets included in the mural; the money goes to charity.

Today’s photo is one I took a few days ago on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray, about a mile from my house.

My son and I stopped to pick up a pizza and as we returned to the parking lot, an artist had just set up a ladder and was continuing work on the Dogs of Del Ray mural on the side of a coffee shop. Del Ray has long been known as a dog-friendly community.

I can’t wait to see this mural when it’s finished!

April 23 Writer Birthdays

1564 – William Shakespeare, English playwright, poet, and actor widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest playwright, and is often called the Bard of Avon. (April 23 is a probable birthdate, based on his April 26 baptism.)

1852 – Edwin Markham, American poet, nonfiction writer, essayist, and educator who was Poet Laureate of Oregon.

1859 – Margaret Todd, Scottish medical doctor, schoolteacher, and novelist who is credited with coining the term isotope.

1865 – Luisa Piccarreta, Italian author and mystic known as the “Little Daughter of the Divine Will”; she is under consideration for canonization as a saint of the Catholic Church.

1875 – Élisabeth de Gramont Antoinette Corisande (Élisabeth, Duchess of Clermont-Tonnerre), French writer, translator, and salonnière who is remembered in part for her long-term lesbian relationship with Natalie Clifford Barney, an American writer, and for her close friendship with Marcel Proust; she became known as the “red duchess” for her support of socialism and feminism.

1895 – Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand crime writer, theater director, and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire; she is best known for her detective novels, mostly set in England.

1896 – Margaret Moore Kennedy, English novelist, screenwriter, and playwright.

1902 – Halldór Laxness, Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic writer, praised “for his vivid epic power which has renewed the great narrative art of Iceland.”

1919 – Silja Walter, Swiss novelist, poet, and Benedictine nun; her religious name was Maria Hedwig.

1922 – Fadil Hadzic, Bosnian journalist, playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker best known for his comedic work.

1923 – Cristina Campo (pen name of Vittoria Maria Angelica Marcella Cristina Guerrini), Italian writer, poet, columnist, radio writer, and translator who also published under the pseudonyms Puccio Quaratesi, Bernardo Trevisano, Giusto Cabianca and Benedetto P. d’Angelo.

1923 – Avram Davidson, American writer of fantasy, science fiction, crime fiction, and mystery.

1924 – Margit Sandemo (née Underdal), Norwegian-Swedish author of historical fantasy who is the bestselling author in the Nordic countries; her plots are known for their complexity and for elements of history, romance, suspense, supernatural phenomena, and the fight between good and evil..

1926 – J.P. Donleavy, Irish American novelist and playwright; his best-known work, The Ginger Man, was initially banned for obscenity.

1930 – Shun Akiyama, Japanese writer, professor, and literary critic.

1935 – George Varghese Kakkanadan (commonly known as, simply, Kakkanadan), Indian short-story writer and novelist in the Malayalam language; his works made break from the neo-realism that dominated Malayalam literature and are credited with laying the foundation of modernism in Malayalam literature.

1937 – Victoria Glendinning, English critic, novelist, broadcaster, and biographer.

1939 – Ramakrishna Pillai Ramachandran Nair, prolific Indian writer and founding Vice Chancellor of Sri Sankaracharya University; he wrote in Sanskrit, Malayalam, and English, sometimes under the pseudonym Thulaseevanam. His compositions praise the deities of Kerala temples, and are credited with popularizing many temples in Kerala.

1947 – Ifi Amadiume, Nigerian writer, poet, author, essayist, university teacher, and anthropologist.

1948 – Charles R. Johnson, National Book Award-winning African-American scholar, novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, cartoonist, and essayist; most of his work has a philosophical orientation.

1948 – Pascal Quignard, award-winning French literary novelist.

1954 – Michael Moore, American documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, author, journalist, and activist; his written and cinematic works criticize globalization, large corporations, assault weapon ownership, the Iraq War, the American healthcare system, and other institutions. In 2005, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

1969 – Arthur Phillips, bestselling American novelist and five-time Jeopardy champion.

1981 – Jelena Veljaca, Croatian columnist, screenwriter, and actress.

No More Quarantine

I posted yesterday that I was still waiting for the results of the covid-19 tests my son and I had taken, after he was possibly exposed to the virus at school. Finally, late last night, I received the results: We are both negative.

He had already been tested last week, just after he returned home from the university to quarantine here. But he needed a negative test this week to be certain.

Now we can drive him back down to school today, in time for him to perform in an orchestra concert (to be recorded, not played in front of an audience) on Friday. In two weeks he’ll be coming home for the summer, but for now, he is going back to school.

I will be so relieved when we’re all fully vaccinated.