Category Archives: birthday

Author Birthday: Dr. Suess

Everyone has a favorite Dr. Seuss book, right? Today is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, who wrote many popular children’s books as Dr. Seuss. It’s difficult for me to choose just one, but Green Eggs and Ham stands out in … Continue reading

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Author Birthday: John Steinbeck

Anyone who has clicked on the Google logo today and gone exploring knows that today is significant for the author of The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and Travels With Charley. Celebrated author John … Continue reading

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Author Birthday: Boris Pasternak

On this day in 1890, Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was born in Moscow, the Russian Empire. He is best known outside of Russia for his novel Doctor Zhivago. While parts of the book were written in the 1910s and 1920s, it wasn’t completed … Continue reading

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Author Birthday/Book Preview: The Jane Austen Book Club

Today is Karen Joy Fowler’s birthday. She is the author of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction, best known for The Jane Austen Book Club (2004). I remember when the movie came out in 2007, but I never saw it. Now … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Grapes of Wrath

In a time of widespread drought  and economic hardship, it is wise to remember that it could be much worse. John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), is the classic story of the Joad family’s struggle as … Continue reading

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Author Birthday: Lewis Carroll

On this day in 1832, the Victorian author whose famous pen name is Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. He was not only a writer, but also an accomplished mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, photographer, and artist. He … Continue reading

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Author Birthday: Jack London

On this day in 1876,the author and adventurer Jack London was born in Glen Ellen, a village in Sonoma County,  California. The location of his ranch and final resting place is included in nearby Jack London State Historic Park. Last spring we … Continue reading

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