· Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System

· *April 2012

· Editor: Howard Denson


In This Issue:
NFW to critique manuscripts at Apr. 14 meeting at Willowbranch Library
Poyer’s Hemlock County novel now has e-book option
Fletcher’s 1950s-60s memoir due to be released during April
Farewell to Harry Crews, who served us well –Howard Denson
The Wrong Stuff – Howard Denson
Stuff from Hither and Yon
Stuff from a Writer's QuillKurt Vonnegut
Meetings of NFW and Other Groups
Useful Links
The Write Staff
Membership Form
Writers Born This Month
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NFW to Critique manuscripts
at Apr. 14 meeting
at Willowbranch library
The North Florida Writers meeting will feature critiques of manuscripts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Apr. 14 meeting at the Willowbranch library. The public is welcome to attend all meetings.
The critique process has someone other than the author of respective works read aloud the submissions (up to 10 double-spaced pages of prose, and reasonable amounts of poetry or lyrics). Authors may not defend their work, but they may attach questions they would like answered (e.g., “Is the scene on the beach convincing?”). Authors should listen to the words and rhythms of their creations.
Willowbranch is located in Riverside at 2875 Park St., Jax 32205, but, if you are unfamiliar with area, go to use MapQuest to find the easiest route there. The WB phone is 904.381.8490.
The speaker for May will be a marketing expert, Linda Schilling Mitchell, the author of “Dear Miss Schneider, Please Excuse Walter…” (Dog Ear Pub.).
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Poyer’s Hemlock
County novel now
has e-book option
Readers who like to use a Kindle or a Nook are alerted that David Poyer’s Hemlock County novel can be read in e-format. Poyer took the country and people with whom he grew up and recreated them in a fictional story. The first was “The Dead of Winter” (Tor Books).
It has been out of print for years -- though many folks asked him for copies -- but now the novel is back, along with the three other books in the series. "It was on that first day of the hunt, an hour after dawn, that the old man found the body of the boy." The first Hemlock County novel opens during deer season in remote Hemlock County, Penn. Paul Michelson is searching for the killer who shot his son, then walked away, letting him bleed to death in the snow. Teresa Del Rosario is searching for Michelson, fighting her growing fear he has murder in mind. Retired hunter and oilfield worker W. T. Halvorsen takes on one last quest after Michelson begins killing hunters at random in the winter woods. It is an epic tale of justice and survival.
To order the book, go to these websites:
Barnes & Noble/Nook:
Q. Which other Poyer books will be getting the e-treatment?
A. Actually, a lot of them – most of them – are already available from St Martin’s. Those which are not, I will be making arrangements for over the next year.
Q. Do you attempt to do any revisions for the e-editions?
A. Oh, yes. Definitely. I saw room for considerable improvement in“The Dead of Winter,” and took advantage of republication to revise. The later books in the series are pretty much the original text, as I knew how to write by then!
Q. Do you envision publishing any pieces strictly as e-books as Stephen King and Steve Berry have done?
A. No, that is not in the cards at present. Demand for my print books is still strong.
Q. What's the next hard-back book that your readers can look forward to?
A. We’re not sure of the title yet, but look for another exciting sailing book from St. Martins/Macmillan this fall. I’ll let everyone know as soon as we settle on a title! Meanwhile, feel free to like my Facebook site at DAVID POYER for the latest news.
Q. Is there anything that a loyal band of readers can do to help out their favorite authors?
A. If you like the books, post a review on the Amazon or Nook sites. That really helps steer readers to a good book!
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Fletcher’s 1950s-60s memoir
due to be released
during April
Dorothy Fletcher’s book “Growing Up Jacksonville: A 50s and 60s River City Childhood” is to be released sometime between April 4 and April 12. The History Press, Amazon, and Barners & Nobles will all carry the book on-line if you are not in the Jacksonville area, but most local bookstores should have it when it is released.
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Farewell to Harry Crews,
who served us well
When he died during the past week, Harry Crews was heralded as a hard-drinking iconoclast and a writer of Southern gothic novels that you either liked or loathed. Since he had a reputation of tying one on at writers’ conferences, he made us nervous when we invited him to speak at the Florida First Coast Writers’Festival. We knew he had a cult following who always showed up when he spoke or gave a reading, but apparently he and James Dickey were birds of a feather as far as intoxicants were concerned.
The Writers’Festival was co-sponsored by the North Florida Writers then, and we managed to put on a respectable conference each year at Kent Campus.
On the appointed day, Mr. Crews drove over from Gainesville and showed up in his customary semi-biker garb (perfectly okay as far as we were concerned). He had a traveling companion, a young brunette dressed like a goth. Mr. Crews said her name was George, and we all said, “Hello, George.” George said hello back and spent the rest of the time whispering with Mr. Crews or just studying us studying them.
In the green room where speakers could find refuge, Mr. Crews, like a good sport, answered questions about writing and his own works. My memory says he gestured with a cigarette since the college probably had not yet outlawed smoking inside classrooms and conference rooms, and he had a tremor in his hand. He did not have a flask in his pocket and try to spike his soft drink.
To be honest, he was unpleasant in one way: In repeated phone calls, he nagged and wailed,“Where’s my money?” He wanted to make sure the check went to him and not to the mail address to which his ex-wife had access. It was probably amusing that this hell’s angel of a Southern writer lived in fear of the reach of an ex-wife as she, no doubt, strove to keep him somewhat on the strait and narrow . . . or at least on his side of the highway of life.
We chalk-and-talk jockeys had not dealt with the correct way to pay speakers. We hadn’t learned about OPS contracts (Other Professional Services), with which colleges and universities used to pay speakers. The next year, we tracked down the individual speakers as they finished their workshops and panels and handed them a check. That leap forward in our Prufrockian world occurred because of instructions learned from dealing with Mr. Crews.
That’s it? That’s a summation of a life? Of course not. You will find summaries of the writer as artist if you google the major newspapers. Besides, if you are putting on a writer’s conference, you rarely get to enjoy the speakers themselves.
In a writer’s case, R.I.P. doesn’t stand for “rest in peace” or “requiescat in pace.” It stands for “Revise in Purgatory,” where we fan the flames that burn away our clichés, ill-chosen words, and stunted sentences, not to mention any personal flaws we may have accumulated along the way.
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So that we can shorten the newsletter, follow the link below to find where often sane and sensible writers (and editors) have stumbled in their writing:
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Sorry, there's
no such thing
as 'correct grammar'
Martin Gwynne, author of “Gwynne’s Grammar,” may have fun telling people the rules of grammar, but language is owned and controlled by everybody, according to Guardian columnist Michael Rosen. (Of course, keep in mind that grammar battles are never-ending, as the Describers and Rule-Makers throttle each other’s throats.)
The Decline
of the English
William M. Chace, the author of “100 Semesters: My Adventures as Student, Professor, and University President, and What I Learned along the Way,” has been president of Wesleyan and Emory Universities. He was teaching at Stanford when he penned this article for The American Scholar. He notes that the silence in English departments about stopping the declines “strongly suggests a complicity of understanding, with the practitioners in agreement that to teach English today is to do, intellectually, what one pleases.”
Patrick Smith Wins
Florida Lifetime Achievement
Award for Writing
Patrick D. Smith, who has been called Florida’s most beloved storyteller, has won the 2012 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. The award from the Florida Humanities Council was presented on March 21 in Tallahassee at a special luncheon held at the Governor’s Mansion. The author of seven novels, Smith, 84, is most widely known for his acclaimed book, “A Land Remembered.” It tells the story of three generations of a Florida family as they wrested their living from the land. Their lives personified Florida’s dramatic trajectory from frontier days to modern times.
Portrait of the Artist
as a Glamorous
In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Carlin Romano describes Claude Lanzmann as “dashing, cerebral, seductive, morally committed—a Bernard-Henri Lévy decades before BHL”and observes that Lanzmann “seems to turn up in nearly every snapshot of French cultural and political life since the 1950s.”
How Cheap
Books Be?
A looming lawsuit could solidify Amazon's dominance in the book business. That might be good for readers' wallets, but it also might be bad for readers in the long term. Jordan Weissmann explains why at
Hemingway:How the great American
novelist became the literary
equivalent of the Nike swoosh
Nathan Heller puts a greater focus on Hemingway before he became the Stylized Voice. He writes, “Hemingway looms large not so much for what he wrote, or in what tone, but how he captured his imagination in words—his skill in setting the American vernacular in a way that brings a lost, varied, and messy store of personal experience to life.”
Let's Get Personal:
Using First Person
in Scientific Writing
Katherine Dickinson says “. . . the third person is traditionally thought to be best for scientific writing. Many scientists write in third person in order to distance themselves from their research and seem more objective. The idea is to let the research speak for itself without personal opinion getting in the way.” Even so, she says the third person has its challenges, which she discusses at
a Short
Richard J. Evans, author of "The Third Reich at War," reviews A.N. Wilson’s “Hitler: A Short Biography” and says it is hard to think why Harper Press, a publishing house that once had a respected history list, agreed to produce this travesty. The review labels the bio “Führer fictions” and methodically lays out a dozen major flaws in the facts reported.
France: All your
books belong
to us
Andrew Orlowski writes that there is an “IP land-grab fight”going on involving the Pirate Party, Free Software bods, and authors. He says “. . . France passed a law that permits the state to seize authors' rights on out-of-print books published before 2001. Scribes have just six months to opt-out, or lose their moral rights and the ability to determine a price for their work.”
The classical world
just refuses
to stay dead
In the Daily Telegraph, Harry Mount, author of “Amo, Amas, Amat and All That,” writes that new discoveries are being made all the time in classical scholarship, as is shown by two new masterworks, “The Oxford Classical Dictionary” and “The Oxford Latin Dictionary.” He says that scholars at large were invited to help with translations since “Oxford’s papyrology department has 200,000 untranslated Greek papyri in its archives.” In the OCD, he notes, “There are more than 6,700 entries, by 400 contributors who represent the best of living classical thought combined with the intellectual legacy of dead contributors.”
India, China,
and the Importance
of Storytelling
According to Angilee Shah, Katherine Boo’s debut book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is a powerful story set in a Mumbai slum and a reminder of how important stories about ordinary people can be.
Jhumpa Lahiri, author of“Unaccustomed Earth,” “The Namesake,” and “Interpreter of Maladies,” readers “encounter books at different times in life, often appreciating them, apprehending them, in different ways. But their language is constant. The best sentences orient us, like stars in the sky, like landmarks on a trail.”

A Robot

My Pulitzer!

Evgeny Morozov describes how automated journalism and loss of reading privacy may hurt civil discourse. Morozov is a visiting scholar at Stanford University, a fellow at the New America Foundation, and a contributing editor/blogger at Foreign Policy. He is the author of “The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom.” This article arises from Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, the New America Foundation, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture.

Jack Kerouac’s

‘The Sea Is My Brother’
and Other Lost Novels
Sarah Stodola examines ten novels that were thought lost but then found. These include works by Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack Kerouac, Irene Nemirovsky, and Truman Capote.
Angry Words
and a refutation
of Chomsky?
Tom Bartlett explores whether Daniel Everett's discovery deep in the Amazon will destroy the foundation of modern linguistics and the tenets of Norm Chomsky. Not all humans may be hard-wired to use a Universal Grammar.
Mary Roach, the author of “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,” turns her attention to the physiological elements of human coupling with “Bonk.” The interview opens with this teaser: “Nasal congestion is an erection of the nose.”

Study reveals words'

Darwinian struggle
for survival
In an article in The Guardian, Alison Flood writes that scientific analysis of language usage in literature over the last 200 years suggests that words are competing – and now losing – in a battle to survive.
Digital Pulp: E-readers
are revolutionizing
the publishing industry
According to Brianna Synder, it doesn't matter how it is published; if you write something good, and particularly naughty and in the public domain, the works will thrive on e-readers, where lurid book covers or brown-paper wrappers don’t matter.,0,3885076.story

Linguistic Myths

and Adventures
in Etymology
Peter M. Nardi says the folk wisdom built up around common English expressions is often wrong, but it can be fun ferreting out the real origins of such expressions as“OK,” “posh,” and the notion that Eskimos have dozens of words for snow.

War on Words: NYC Dept. of Education

Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words
Banned from Standardized Tests

The New York City Department of Education is raising eyebrows because of its attempt to ban from standardized tests such words as “Dinosaur,” “Birthday,” “Halloween,” “Poverty,” and “Divorce.” They reason that some students may become upset or distracted when such words fork lightning during a test. Hmm, let’s see: A dinosaur and a poor man wearing a birthday cake costume went into a bar. Each ordered a drink costing $1.50 each. They consumed four drinks per hour. After two hours, how much did they spend? (No, that wasn’t one of the questions.)

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16--John Luyken (1648), Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax (1661), Georg Curtius (1820), Octave Crémazie (1827), Anatole France (1844), Herbert Baxter Adams (1850), Grace Livingston Hill (1865), John Millington Synge (1871), Robert Dean Frisbie (1895), John B. Glubb (1897), Polly Adler (1900), Bep (Elisa H.) Bakhuis (1906), Herman Uyttersprot (1909), Gerard McLarnon (1915), Peter Ustinov (1921), Christopher Samuel Youd (1922), Kingsley Amis (1922), Sarah Kirsch (1935), Ewald Vanvugt (1943), Margot Adler (1946), Ioan Mihai Cochinescu (1951), J. Neil Schulman (1953), Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (1984);
17--John Ford (1586), Henry Vaughan (1622), Francois Valentijn (1666), Robert Blair (1699), Samuel Austin Allibone (1816), David Gravson (Ray Stannard Baker) (1870), Ian Hay (1876), Anton Wildgans (1881), Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen-Finecke) (1885), Antonius F. "Anton" Coolen (1897), Thornton N. Wilder (1897), Edward Chodorov (1904), Humphrey Sims Moore (1909), Ivan Goff (1910), Jean-Pierre Herve Bazin (1911), Bengt N. Anderberg (1920), Harry Reasoner (1923), Lloyd Biggle Jr. (1923), Norman Potter (1923), Cynthia Ozick (1928), Han J. A. Hansen (Jansen) (1932), Penelope Lively (1933), Peter Michalke (1955), Nick Hornby (1957);
18--Thomas Middleton (1580), Pieter 't Hoen (1744), George Henry Lewes (1817), Henry François Becque (1837), Henry Clarence Kendall (1839), Abraham Bredius (1855), Clarence S. Darrow (1857), Richard Harding Davis (1864), Didericus G. van Epen (1868), Oskar Ernst Bernhardt (1874), Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic (1875), Vicente Sotto (1877), Lord Leatherland (Charles Edward Leatherland) (1898), Clara Eggink (Ebbele) (1906), Stephen Longstreet (1907), Joy Gresham Lewis (1915), Leif Panduro (1923), Raf de Linde (Raphael van Hecke) (1924), Kathy Acker (1947), Conan Chris O'Brien (19663), Niall Ferguson (1964), Keith R.A. DeCandido (1969);
19--Jacques Lelong (1665), Francisco Albergati Capacelli (1728), Louis Amédée Achard (1814), Jose Echegaray y Eizaguirre (1832), Andrea Bezzola (1840), Lucien Levy-Bruhl (1857), Warden Oncle (Edward Vermeulen) (1861), Ricardo Bacchelli (1891), Richard Arthur Warren Hughes (1900), Walter Stewart (1931), Etheridge Knight (1933), Frits Castricum (1947), Barry Brown (1951), Steven H. Silver (1967), Craig McNeil (1968);
20--Jafar Sadiq (702), John Agricola (Schneider) (1494), John Eliot (1592), Louis Bertrand (1807), Dina M. Craik (1826), Charles L.P. "Philip" Zilcken (1857), Hermann Bang (1857), Maulvi Abdul Haq (1870), William Henry Davies (1871), Robert Lynd (1879), Adolph Hitler (1889), Hermann Ungar (1893), Martinus Nijhoff (1894), Bernard Verhoeven (1897), Dagmar Edqvist (1903), Soewarsil Djojopoespito (1912), Lindsay Oliver John Boynton (1934), Peter S. Beagle (1939), Jan Cremer (1940), Ian Watson (1943), Andrew Tobias (1947), Steve Erickson (1950), Toine van Benthem (1952), Sebastian Faulks (1953);
21--John Capgrave (1393), Ulrich von Hutten (1488), Catherine II, the Great (Sophia Augusta Frederica) (1729), Charlotte Bronte (1816), Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) (1818), John Muir (1836), Benjamin A. Jesurun (1867), Henry de Montherlant (Henry Marie Joseph Frédéric Expedite Millon de Montherlant), (1896), Bernard J. H. "Ben" Stroman (1902), Rollo May (1909), Norman Panama (1914), John Mortimer 1923), Elaine May (1932), Helen Prejean (1939), Michael Zarnock (1958);
22 -- Henry Fielding (1707), Madame de Staël (1766), Georg Hermes (1775), Jurgen Engebretsen Moe (1813), Philip James Bailey (1816), Nikolai Lenin (Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov) (1870), Ludwig Renn (1889), Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (1899), Robert Choquette (1905), Ivan Efremov (1907), Indro Montanelli (1909), Charles Hubert Sisson (1914), Hans Baumann (1914), Jan de Hartog (1914), Leo Abse (1917), Paula Fox (1923), Louise Glück (1943), Jancis Robinson (1950), Ana María Shua (1951);
23--Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484), Alexander Alesius (Aless/Alane) (1500), Georg Fabricius (1516), William Shakespeare (1564), Friedrich von Hagedorn (1708), Thomas Wright (1810), James Anthony Froude (1818), Edwin Markham (1852), Simon Abramsz (1867), Arthur Moeller van den Bruck (1876), Marcel L'Herbier (1890), Minus van Looi (Benjamin van der Voort) (1892), Richard Huelsenbeck (1892), Ngaio Marsh (1895), Margaret Kennedy (1896), Edwin E. Dwinger (1898), Halldór Laxness (1902), Maria Arnoldo (Adrianus Broeders) (1906), Maurice Druon (Kessel) (1918), Margaret Avison (1918), Avram Davidson (1923), James Kirkup (1923), James Colin Ross Welch (1924), J. P. Donleavy (1926), Okke Jager (1928), Jim Fixx (1932), Rod McKuen (1933), Victoria Glendinning (1937), Richard Monaco (1940),Barry Hannah (1942), Pascal Quignard (1948), Pierre Labrie (1972);
24 -Nikolaj A Bestuzhev (1791), K. L. Immermann (1796), Vincente F. Lopez (1814), Anthony Trollope (1815), Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825), Carl Spitteler (1845), Marcus Clarke (1846), Eduardo Acevedo Diaz (1851), Jaroslav Hasek (1883), Kurt Pinthus (1886), Siegfried F. Nadel (1903), Robert Penn Warren (1905), Stanley Kauffmann (1916), Sir Clement Freud (1924), Pasqualino de Santis (1927), Patrick Bowles (1927), Patricia Bosworth (1933), Shirley MacLaine (1934), Sue Taylor Grafton (1940), Eric Kripke (1974), Siarhey Balakhonau (1977);
25 --Roger Boyle (1621), Giuseppe Marc' Antonio Baretti (1719), Georg Sverdrup (1770), Antonio Fogazzarro (1842), Clarín (Leopoldo Alas y Ureña) (1852), Walter De La Mare (1873), Elsa Maxwell (1883), Sally Salminen (1906), Claude Mauriac (1914), Ross Lockridge Jr. (1914), William Goyen (1915), Jean Mogin (1921), Jose Angel Valente (1929), Paul Mazursky (1930), Ted Kooser (1939), James Fenton (1949), Padgett Powell (1952), Dinesh D'Souza (1961), Darcey Steinke (1962), Chris Lilley (1975);
26 -- Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121), Giovanni P. Lomazzo (1538), David Hume (1711), Ludwig Uhland (1787), Martha Finley (1808), Alice Cary (1820), Frederick Law Olmsted (1822), Artemus Ward (Charles Farrar Browne) (1834), Wilhelm Scherer (1841), Arno Holz (1863), Robert Herrick, U.S. (1868), Otto zur Linde (1873), Ğabdulla Tuqay (1886), Anita Loos (1888), Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889), Vicente Aleixandre (1898), Niven Busch (1903), Theun de Vries (1907), Johan Doorn (1910), A. E. (Alfred Elton) van Vogt (1912), Bernard Malamud (1914), Horace Leonard Gold (1914), Morris L. West (1916), Dorothy Salisbury Davis (1916), Richard Mitchell (1929), Joanne Gobure (1982);

27-- Adamantios Korais (1748), Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1759), Herbert Spencer (1820), Gerben Colmjon (1828), Jules Lemaître (1853), Johan M. Skjoldborg (1861), Andre Baillon (1875), Hubert Harrison (1883), Frank Belknap Long (1903), Cecil Day-Lewis (1904), Ragnar Skrede (1904), Julian Stryjkowski (1905), Yórgos Theotokás (1906), Muriel C. Bradbrook (1909), Franz Weyergans (1912), Albert Soboult (1914), John Alfred Scali (1918), Edwin Morgan (1920), Martin Gray (1922), Gilbert Sorrentino (1929), Jennings Michael Burch (1941), August Wilson (1945), Russell T. Davies (1963), Jason Whitlock (1967), Talitha Cummins (1980);
28-- Charles Cotton (1630), James Monroe (1758), Ezra Abbot (1819), Karl Kraus (1874), Franz Arnold (1879), Bruno Apitz (1900), Johan Borgen (1902), Pierre (Louis) Boileau (1906), Kurt Gödel (1906), Paul Sacher (1906), Sam Merwin Jr. (1910), Lee Falk (Leon Harrison Gross) (1911), Joop Waasdorp (1917), Robert Woodruff Anderson (1917), Rowland Evans (1921), Alistair MacLean (1922), Harper Lee (1926), Lois Duncan (1934), Iryna Zhylenko (1941), Terry Pratchett (1948), Roberto Bolano (1953), Jeremy John Beadle (1956), Ian Rankin (1960);
29 -- Taliesin (534), John Arbuthnot (1667), Charles Nodier (1780), Henri Poincaré (1854), Edouard Rod (1857), Constantine P. Cavafy (1863), Louis William Stern (1871), Rafael Sabatini (1875), Egon E. Kisch (1885), Elisaveta Bagrjana (Beltsheva) (1893), Walter Mehring (1896), George Osborne Sayles (1901), Jack (Stewart) Williamson (1908), Daniel Raphael Mayer (1909), John Beavan (1910), Terence de Vere White (1912), Edward Blishen (1920), Walter Kempowski (1929), Jill Paton Walsh (1937), Olavo de Carvalho (1947), David Icke (1952), Robert J. Sawyer (1960), Kamran Jawaid (1982);
30 --William Lilly (1602), Mathurin Jacques Brisson (1723), Rosalie Amstein (1846), Alfred von Berger (1853), Frans Netscher (1864), Juhan Liiv (1864), Cyriel Verschaeve (1874), Trijntje "Nine" van de Schaaf (1882), John Crowe Ransom (1888), Watze Cuperus (1891), Humberto Mauro (1897), Jannetje Fisherman-Roosendaal (1899), John-Baptist J. Walgrave (Henricus/Humanus) (1911), Luise Rinser (1911), Edith Fowke (1913), Valeer (Valerius V) van Kerkhove (1919), George Byatt (1923), Edmund Cooper (1926), Hugh Hood (1928), Larry (Van Cott) Niven (1938), Annie Dillard (1945), Claude van de Berge (Rony M.F. Pauwels) (1945), Nicolas Hulot (1955), Aviva Chomsky (1957), Charles Berling (1958), Paul Gross (1959), W. Thomas Smith Jr. (1959), John Boyne (1971).