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Bookish Birthdays for March

March 1
  • Oklahoman native, African-American novelist, essayist, and short story writer Ralph Ellison (1914-1994)
March 2
  • Dr. Seuss alter-ego Theodor Geisel (1904-1991)
March 3
  • Wyoming-born children's writer Patricia MacLachlan (b.1938)
March 4
  • Swiss folklorist and writer Johann David Wyss (1743-1818)
March 6
  • French dramatist, satirist, and soldier Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655)
  • British poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b.1928), Colombian novelist and 1982 Nobelist
March 11
  • British sci-fi satirist Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
March 12
  • Jean Louis “Jack” Kerouac, American beat writer (1922-1969)
  • prolific Ohio-raised African American children's author Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), whose M.C. Higgins, the Great (1971) won the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award
March 16
  • NYC-born children's writer Sid Fleischman (b.1920)
March 17
  • English author and illustrator Kate Greenaway (1846-1901)
March 20
  • Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (1828-1906)
  • Roman poet and writer Ovid (43 B.C. - 17 A.D.)
March 21
  • Oregon-born poet and children's author Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978)
March 22
  • English illustrator and medal namesake Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886)
  • North Dakotan writer of westerns Louis L'Amour (1908-1988)
March 25
  • Georgian novelist Mary Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)
March 26
  • New England poet and school teacher (San Francisco-born) Robert Lee Frost (1874-1963)
March 30
  • English writer Anna Sewell (1820-1878)
For a complete see the Library Booklists.

Bookish Birthdays for April

April 1
  • French dramatist and poet Edmond Rostand (1868-1918)
  • Fantasy/sci-fi writer Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011)
April 2
  • Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)
  • French writer and insurgent Emile Zola (1840-1902)
April 3
  • American writer Washington Irving (1783-1859)
  • London-born animal behaviorist and writer Jane Goodall (b.1934)
April 4
  • Novelist poet, dramatist, and performer Maya Angelou (b.1928)
April 5
  • Virginia-born essayist, autobiographer, biographer, educator, and social thinker Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
April 7
  • English romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
April 8
  • Annapolis-born novelist Barbara Kingsolver (b.1955)
April 9
  • French poet, essayist, and art critic Charles-Pierre Baudelaire (1821-1867)
April 12
  • Children's book writer Beverly Cleary (b.1916)
April 13
  • Children's author Marguerite Henry, author of Misty of Chincoteague and other kids' horse books (1902-1997)
April 16
  • Gertrude Chandler Warner, creator of the Boxcar Children (1890-1979)
  • Irish playwright John Millington Synge (1871-1909)
  • Classic children's book illustrator Garth Williams (1912-1996)
April 21
  • Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)
  • Junie B. Jones creator Barbara Park (b.1947)
April 23
  • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
  • Russian novelist, poet, scholar, translator, and butterfly collector Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)
April 26
  • Roman philosopher, writer, and humane emperor, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180)M
  • Scottish philosopher and historian David Hume (1711-1776)
  • Maud Hart Lovelace (1892-1980), creator of the Betsy-Tacy books
April 27
  • Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962)
April 28
  • Alabama-born Harper Lee (b.1926)
  • YA novelist Lois Duncan (b.1934)
  • Terry David John Pratchett (b.1948), British sci-fi and fantasy writer
For a complete see the Library Booklists.

Bookish Birthdays for May

May 3
  • Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian writer and statesman
May 5
  • Illustrator and author Leo Lionni (1910-1999)
May 7
  • British poet Robert Browning (1812-1889)
May 9
  • Peter Pan creator Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), Scottish novelist and playwright
  • New Jersey-born William Pène du Bois (1916-1993), author of Newbery Award winner The Twenty-One Balloons
  • British novelist and Watership Down author Richard Adams (b.1920)
May 12
  • Nonsense poet Edward Lear (1812-1888)
May 15
  • Oz creator L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)
  • Children's writer Norma Fox Mazer (b.1931)
  • YA writer Paul Zindel (b.1936)
May 16
  • Kids' author Bruce Coville (b.1950)
May 17
  • Sometime NM kids' author Gary Paulsen (b.1939)
May 18
  • Manhattan-born (lives in Ireland) adult and young adult fantasy/sci-fi writer Diane Duane (b.1952)
May 20
  • French novelist Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)
May 21
  • Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
May 22
  • Sherlock Holmes' alter ego, Scottish-born physician, novelist, historian, and general odd-ball Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
May 23
  • Los Angeles-born Newbery Medal winner Scott O'Dell (1898-1989)
  • Prolific children's author Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952)
May 25
  • Boston-born transcendentalist, essayist, philosopher, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
May 27
  • Godfather of the Western mystery, UNM professor, writer and journalist Tony Hillerman (1925-2008)
May 28
  • The name is. . . Ian Fleming (1908-1964), also the under-recognized author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car
May 29
  • Prolific British essayist, literary critic, novelist, and poet, and short-story writer, and creator of detective Father Brown, Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)
  • British (born in India) novelist T. H. White (1906-1964), best known for his Arthurian legend novels
  • New Jersey native Andrew Clements (b.1949), children's book writer
May 31
  • American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
For a complete see the Library Booklists.

Bookish Birthdays for June

June 2
  • English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
June 3
  • Beat poet Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
  • Texas novelist Larry McMurtry (b.1936)
June 5
  • Andalusian poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)
  • The best busy children's author ever Richard Scarry (1919-1994)
June 6
  • Russian writer Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837)
  • Prolific children's author Cynthia Rylant (b.1954)
June 7
  • American poet & civil rights promoter Nikki Giovanni (b.1943)
June 10
  • Russian science writer Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1979)
  • Iconic children's author Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)
June 11
  • South African anti-apartheid playwright Athol Fugard (b.1932)
June 12
  • Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), author of the well-known children's story The Water Babies and one of the few clergymen of his time to accept Darwin's theory of evolution
  • Heidi author Johanna Spyri (1829-1901)
  • Holocaust victime Anne Frank (1929-1945)
June 13
  • Irish poet & folklorist William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
June 14
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin writer Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
June 15
  • Creator of the beloved Redwall series, Brian Jacques (1939-2011)
June 16
  • Novelist Joyce Carol Oates (b.1938)
June 18
  • Caldecott medalist Chris Van Allsburg (b.1949)
June 19
  • Exiled Indian writer Salman Rushdie (b.1947)
June 20
  • Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932), the first important African-American novelist
June 21
  • Existentialist philosopher and author Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)
June 22
  • English romantic novelist Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925)
June 25
  • British futurist George Orwell (1903-1950)
  • Massachusetts children's book illustrator Eric Carle (b.1929)
June 26
  • Writer & humanitarian Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)
June 28
  • Swiss 'Father of the Romanticism' and author Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
June 29
  • French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)
June 29
  • Popular American children's author and illustrator David McPhail (b.1940)
For a complete see the Library Booklists.

Bookish Birthdays for July

July 4
  • American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
July 7
  • Missouri-born science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein (1907-1988)
  • Native American novelist Louise Erdrich (b.1954)
July 8
  • French poet and fable-writer Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695)
July 11
  • New England writer E. B. White (1899-1985)
July 12
  • Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American writer and Transcendentalist
  • Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner
July 18
  • Victorian novelist William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
July 20
  • Rhode Island-born, New Mexico author Cormac McCarthy (b.1933)
July 22
  • The great Papa Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
July 23
  • New Mexico writer John Nichols (b.1940)
  • Chicago-born mystery writer and creator of Philip Marlowe Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)
July 24
  • Three Musketeers creator Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)
July 26
  • Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
  • British novelist and essayist Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
July 28
  • British children's author Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)
July 30
  • Emily Bronte (1818-1848), whose only novel was Wuthering Heights
July 31
  • The inimitable J. K. Rowling (b.1965), without whom we would have no bookstore!
For a complete see the Library Booklists.

Bookish Birthdays for August

August 1
  • American classic fiction writer Herman Melville (1819-1891), author of Moby Dick
August 2
  • Peruvian writer Isabelle Allende (b. 1942), author of The City of Beasts series
  • African American essayist and civil rights activist James Baldwin (1924 - 1987), author of Go Tell It on the Mountain
August 5
  • Pulitzer-winning poet Conrad Aiken (1899-1973)
  • French realist essayist and short story writer Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), author of "The Necklace"
August 6
  • English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
August 15
  • Swedish mystery writer Stieg Larsson (1954-2004), author of the Millennium series
August 20
  • Psychohorror extraordinaire H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937)
  • Nobel Prize-winning Italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo (1901-1968)
August 22
  • Science fiction guru Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), author of Fahrenheit 451
  • Short story writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
August 24
  • Argentine fiction writer and essayist Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)
August 28
  • Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), author of Anna Karenina and War and Peace
August 30
  • English writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), author of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

Bookish Birthdays for September

September 1
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950), creator of Tarzan (and Jane) and the John Carter books
September 2
  • Missouri-born poet and journalist Eugene Field (1850-1895), known for his children's poems, such as "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod"
September 3
  • Maine novelist Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909), most famous for The Country of the Pointed Firs
September 4
  • Children's author Syd Hoff (1912-2004)
  • British children's fiction author Joan Delano Aiken (1924-2004)
  • Mississippi-born African American novelist Richard Wright (1908-1960)
September 5
  • Children's author Paul Fleischman (b.1952)
September 11
  • American short story writer O. Henry, pseudonym of William Sidney Porter, (1862-1910) who began writing while serving jail time for embezzlement
  • English novelist and poet D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
September 12
  • Polish sci-fi writer Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006)
  • Canadian poet and author Michael Ondaatje (b.1943)
September 13
  • Roald Dahl (1916-1990), the man who made it fun to feel squeamish!
  • Else Holmelund Minarik (1920-2012), author of the Little Bear series of children's books
September 14
  • Children's author John Steptoe (1950-1989)
September 15
  • Iconic & award-winning children's book author Robert McCloskey (1914-2003)
  • James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), social critic, historian, and the first major American novelist
  • British mystery writer extraordinaire Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
  • Beloved children's author and illustrator Tomie DePaola (b.1934)
September 17
  • Colorado-born novelist Ken Kesey (1935-2001), known for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
September 18
  • Oft-quoted essayist, poet, critic, and lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), who wrote the Dictionary of the English Language
September 19
  • Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), one of the most famous book illustrators of all time, known for his fairytales and classics
  • English novelist and Nobel prize winner William Golding (1911-1993)
September 20
  • Novelist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968), who exposed the Chicago stockyards in The Jungle
September 21
  • Stephen King (b.1947), the modern maestro of the macabre!
  • English science fiction writer H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
September 24
  • American novelist and short-story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), the voice of the Jazz Age
  • W. Wilson Rawls (1913-1984), author of children's classic Where the Red Fern Grows
September 25
  • Mississippi-born novelist William Faulkner (1897-1962), who won the 1949 Nobel Prize for literature, and whose novels took as their subject the decadent Old South and the materialistic New South
September 26
  • Poet, dramatist & critic T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), who won the 1948 Nobel Prize in literature for The Waste-Land
September 28
  • Maine novelist and children's writer Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923)
September 29
  • Spanish novelist, playwright, and poet Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
September 30
  • Truman Capote (1924-1984), who wrote such diverse works as In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's

Bookish Birthdays for October

October 1
  • Pulitzer Prize winner and Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin (1914 - 2004)
October 2
  • English novelist and short-story author Graham Greene (1904 - 1991)
October 3
  • North Carolinian novelist Thomas Wolfe (1900 - 1938)
  • New York native playwright, writer, and actor Gore Vidal (1925 - 2012)
October 4
  • Vampire novel author Anne Rice (b. 1941)
  • Edward Stratemeyer (1925 - 2012), founder of Stratemeyer Syndicate which produced numerous juvenile fiction series, such as Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew
October 8
  • Science fiction novelist Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986), author of the Dune series
  • Children's guru of gore R. L. Stine (b. 1943), author of the Goosebumps series
October 11
  • American crime novelist Elmore Leonard (b. 1925)
October 15
  • Roman poet Virgil (70 BCE - 19 BCE)
  • Italian novelist Italo Calvino (1923 - 1985), author of Italian Folktales and Marcovaldo
  • Italian American author and screenwriter Mario Puzo (1921 - 1999), writer for the Godfather series
  • English comedic novelist Sir P. G. Wodehouse, author of the Jeeves stories
October 16
  • Irish comedic playwright and novelist Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
  • Irish American playwright and Nobel laureate Eugene O'Neill (1888 - 1953)
October 21
  • The American grand dame of sci-fi & fantasy, Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929)
October 21
  • Awesome science-fiction writer Michael Crichton (1942 - 2008)
October 27
  • Depressed American poet Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963)
  • Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

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