THE ELECTRONIC WRITE STUFF

 Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System


Editor: Howard Denson * October 2011

Conference, Critiques, and Smashwords (Write Stuff October 2011)

In This Issue:

 

NFW to Hear Belinda Hulin at Oct. 8 Meeting at Willowbranch

Shipwreck Theatre Sponsors One-Act Playwright Contest; Deadline is Jan. 15

Police Chief Wins Gold Medal in Readers Favorite Book Awards

BookMark to Feature Book Signings by Mark Pett, Tim Dorsey, George McGovern

E-Books Welcome ‘Pretty Pink Planet’

The Wrong Stuff – Howard Denson

Barbarians past the Gates – Flannery O’Connor

Stuff from Hither and Yon

Stuff from a Writer's Quill – Cicero

Meetings of NFW and Other Groups

Useful Links

The Write Staff

Membership Form

Writers Born This Month




NFW to Hear Belinda Hulin

At Oct. 8 Meeting

At Willowbranch

 

The North Florida Writers meeting will feature cookbook author Belinda Hulin at the Willowbranch library on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Due to another important booking at the library, the NFW will meet in the “Magazine Room” (same floor as check-outs, but turn to the right.)

 

Ms. Hulin is the author of five cookbooks, including the Everything Soup, Stew and Chili Cookbook, which was a number one Kindle free download and a number 22 Kindle paid download just this month. Her Roux Memories: A Cajun-Creole Love Story with Recipes, is her own memoir cookbook, and now, she has written The Keepsake Cookbook: Gathering Delicious Memories One Recipe at a Time so others can write their memoir cookbooks.

 

She says she was stirring gumbo pots before she could walk. At the knees of her Cajun mother and grandmothers, she learned the joys of seasonal seafood and produce and the seduction of spicy roux-based soups and fricassees. Born in Lafayette, La., and reared in New Orleans, Belinda inhaled the heady spices of country Acadian and city Creole cuisines and embraced their magic.

 

She has had a long career writing about food and entertaining for newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Florida Times-Union and Water’s Edge. Currently, she also works as an instructional designer at Florida State College at Jacksonville. She lives in Atlantic Beach with her husband, two children, three cats, an elderly Sheltie, and an 80-pound hound dog that was supposed to be a beagle.

 

The NFW will also critique manuscripts at the meeting. The critique process has people 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 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 http://jpl.coj.net/lib/branches/wbb.html and use MapQuest to find the easiest route there. The WB phone is 904.381.8490.

 

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Shipwreck Theatre Sponsors

One-Act Playwright Contest;

Deadline is Jan. 15

 

St. Augustine’s Shipwreck Theatre is accepting submissions for its first annual one-act playwright contest until Jan. 15. All works submitted will be read and judged by a panel of qualified theatre teachers, directors and performers, according to Scott Abrams, director.

 

The contest has these rules:

 

n  Work submitted to the contest must be a one-act play with no more than eight characters and have simple to moderate technical demands. Plays having up to three previous productions are welcome. No musicals.

n  Winners will have the opportunity to have their plays produced during Shipwreck Theatre's Spring New Playwrights Festival. In addition, there will be a cash prize for the top winners.

 

Send a complete script to Shipwreck Theatre, 200 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine, FL 32084 or send via e-mail to info@shipwrecktheatre.com. Include the word “playwright” in the subject.

 

Include a biography of the playwright and character breakdown.

 

If entrants would like to have their scripts returned they should include SASE. Do not include an SASE for results.

 

Include a non-refundable entry fee of $25.00. Make checks payable to Shipwreck Theatre. (Do not mail cash.)

 

Deadline for submissions is a postmark date of Jan. 15.

 

Enter as many times as you like, but for each entry include a separate bio, character breakdown, envelop, SASE and entry fee.

 

For more information, contact Abrams (904) 495-3725

 

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Police Chief Wins Gold Medal

In Readers Favorite Book Awards

 

“The Six O’Clock Rule,” the second novel by Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Bruce Thomason, has won a Gold Medal in the 2011 Readers Favorite National Book Awards Competition in the fiction-thriller genre. The novel was also recognized as a finalist in the fiction-suspense category.

 

In addition, “The Six O’Clock Rule” received a five-star review by Readers Favorite, the highest rating given.

 

Winners and finalists were announced in September. For a complete list of honorees, visit www.readersfavorite.com.

 

The novel’s action gets going with a midnight shootout on the beach as a story of illicit drugs and bizarre murders unfolds. As Detective Clay Randall and his team unravel clues, two names keep popping up: rogue ex-cop Roy Connor and his high-profile boss, defense attorney Tony Savoy.

 

Filled with plot twists and double-dealings, the investigation takes an unexpected turn when the trail leads inside police headquarters. “The Six O’clock Rule” puts friendship to the ultimate test as the lines between right and wrong become blurred.

 

Bruce Thomason has been in law enforcement for more than 44 years, previously serving in police departments in Texas and Ohio. Since 1991, he has been the Chief of Police in Jacksonville Beach. His website: www.brucethomason.com

 

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BookMark to Feature Book Signings

By Mark Pett, Tim Dorsey, George McGovern

 

From October to December, Neptune Beach’s BookMark will have book signings by a children’s author-illustrator Mark Pett; novelist Tim Dorsey, creator of Serge Storms; and former presidential candidate George McGovern. The BookMark is located at 220 First St., Neptune Beach, FL 32266.

 

Mark Pett (author-illustrator), "The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes", Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.  Meet Beatrice Bottomwell, a nine-year-old girl who has never (not once) made a mistake.  She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school.  In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown.  Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable--she makes her first mistake . . . and in public.

 

Tim Dorsey, "When Elves Attack: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State", Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.  This title says it all.  Deranged serial killer Serge Storms delivers his special brand of Christmas Cheer in balmy Florida.  Ho-ho-horror! Dorsey will return in February with his next Serge installment "Pineapple Grenade" on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.

 

George McGovern, "What It Means to Be a Democrat," Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. 

George McGovern, a decorated B24 Liberator pilot during World War II, has been a leading figure of the Democratic Party for more than fifty years. From this true liberal comes a thoughtful examination of what being a Democrat really means. McGovern admonishes current Democratic politicians for losing sight of their ideals as they subscribe to an increasingly centrist policy agenda. Applying his wide-ranging knowledge and expertise on issues ranging from military spending to same-sex marriage to educational reform, he stresses the importance of creating policies Democrats can be proud of. Finally, with 2012 looming, McGovern's “What It Means to Be a Democrat” offers a vision of the party's future in which ideological coherence and courage rule.   

 

For more information, call (904) 241-9026 or use the internet at bkmark@bellsouth.net or http://www.bookmarkbeach.com.


 

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E-Books Welcome ‘Pretty Pink Planet’

 

Joy V. Smith’s science-fiction story, “Pretty Pink Planet,” is free on Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615

 

She is working on finding some public artwork for the cover of its sequel, “Hot Yellow Planet.” 

 

Her website is http://pagadan.livejournal.com/.

 

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THE WRONG STUFF – FORENSIC GRAMMAR

 

By HOWARD DENSON

 

Current Blend All Stars, “10 Actors who Don’t Care about Movies: Brendan Fraser" (CurrentBlend.com):

 

No guy has played more idiotic, awful, doofus, unintentionally silly rolls than Mr. Dudley Do-Right.

 

W.S. SAYS: He has also played muffins, bagels, croissants, and jelly-filled doughnuts.

 

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Ian Millhouser, “Alabama Town Orders Small-Time Offenders to Attend Church or It will Throw Them in Jail” (Nation of Change):

 

In his dissenting opinion in Lee v. Weisman, Scalia wrote that the state may not us the “threat of penalty” to “coerce anyone to support or participate in religion or its exercise.” Telling someone — even someone convicted of a crime — that they must participate in a religious service or go to jail clearly fails Justice Scalia’s test.

 

W.S. SAYS: We have two problems. “Us” should be “use,” and a spellcheck program would not be any help locating the problem. In the second sentence, we have a shift in number from “someone” (that means “one”) to “they.” A simple solution is to start out with the plural: “Telling people – even those convicted of a crime – that they,” etc. (In informal speech, we regularly go from singular to the plural. We don’t “edit” ourselves very well when we are focusing on a train of thought.)

 

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John Giuffo, “America's Most Dangerous Cities, 2011” (Forbes.com):

 

A city where murder is nearly a daily occurance stands a good shot of being named the most violent, crime-prone area in the country. And last year there were 345 murders reported in the Detroit metropolitan area - altogether 1,111 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.

 

W.S. SAYS: But here is an example of where a writer should pay attention to the spellcheck program, which is probably blowing whistles and setting off firecrackers to someone to insert “occurrence.”

 

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BARBARIANS

PAST

THE GATES

 

It is what is left over when everything explainable has been explained that makes a story worth writing and reading. The writer's gaze has to extend beyond the surface, beyond mere problems, until it touches that realm of mystery which is the concern of prophets.... If a writer believes that the life of a man is and will remain essentially mysterious, what he sees on the surface, or what he understands, will be of interest to him only as it leads him into the experience of mystery itself.


     - Flannery O'Connor, Literary Witch, Colorado Quarterly (Spring 1962)

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If you are using the words “envelop/envelope,” when do you use which spelling? “Envelop” is the spelling for nouns, while “envelope” is the spelling for verbs. Quick memory device: If you need to add an “e,” remember that verb has an “e” in it.

 

 

HAVE SOMETHING BARBARIC OR ADVICE ABOUT BETTER USAGE? This section calls attention to a word or words that are used by people who don’t understand that better usage is out there.  (You may call yourself something like “Publius,” “Claudius,” or “Auspicious” if you want to keep your anonymity.)

 

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STUFF

FROM HITHER

AND YON

 

A Talk With

Sohrab Homi Fracis

 

In Literary Kicks, Bill Ectric interviews Sohrab Homi Fracis, the first Asian winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Prize.

http://www.litkicks.com/SohrabHomiFracis#comment-16368

 

Literature After the Revolt:

Arab Writers 'Should

Not Be Invisible Anymore'

 

In an interview with Jeff Smee for Spiegel Online, Moroccan-born author and poet Ben Taher Jelloun talks about the Arab Spring and the burgeoning creativity in post-dictatorship countries. He also describes the challenge of writing from the perspective of Libya's former leader Moammar Gadhafi.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,785689,00.html

 

Are you

talking

to me?

 

Sam Leith says, “Aristotle said there were three appeals that rhetoric could make: ethos, pathos and logos.” He mainly shows how British speechwriters followed Aristotle’s principles and what happened when they ignored them.

http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/2011/09/sam-leith-political-speeches-you-talking-to-me/

 

Researchers Confirm

When ‘Frankenstein’

Was Written

 

Tim Radford of the Guardian reported on the research of Donald Olson of Texas State University into the writing of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” While the story of how Victor Frankenstein created his fictional monster has never been in doubt, the inspiration for the literary work that tells their tale has frequently been called into question. The astronomy professor has used his scientific knowledge in an attempt to vindicate the author.  http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112389818/researchers-confirm-when-frankenstein-was-written/index.html

 

The Origins

Of Writing

 

In the beginning, merchants were scratching messages on clay tablets about the number of sheep and cows they had, according to Ira Spar of the
Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Then the people began to see some possibilities in this clay scratching.

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/wrtg/hd_wrtg.htm

 

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STUFF FROM

A WRITER'S QUILL

 

A room without books is like a body without soul.

 

– Cicero

 

 

 

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MEETINGS

OF NFW AND

OTHER GROUPS

 

BARD SOCIETY: Every Wednesday: 7 p.m.; Frank Green 410.5775; Email frankgrn@comcast.net

 

THE CDS PUBLICITY FREE WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP: Meets twice monthly.  The first Tuesday of each month at the Mandarin Library on Kori Road from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and the third Saturday of the month at the Webb-Wesconnett Library at 103rd and Harlow from 2 until 4 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.  For more information see our website at http://CDSPublicity.com or call 904.343.4188.

 

FIRST COAST CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP: Every Thursday, 6:45 p.m. at Charles Webb-Wesconnett Library at the intersection of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard. Email: Dalyn_2@yahoo.com or Tlsl72@yahoo.com,

 

FIRST COAST ROMANCE WRITERS: Second Saturday of each month; start time varies based on program; see website Chaffee Road Library; 1425 Chaffee Rd. S., Jacksonville. Info: www.firstcoastromancewriters.com

 

MANDARIN WRITERS WORKSHOP: Second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at S. Mandarin Library (corner of San Jose and Orange Picker Rd.). Larry Barnes at wordsandpics@bellsouth.net.

 

NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS: Second Saturday: 2 p.m. at Willowbranch Library; 2875 Park Street 32205; www.northfloridawriters.org

 

NORTHEAST FLORIDA CHAPTER OF FLORIDA WRITERS ASSN.: fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library (between Jacksonville and St. Augustine). Vic DiGenti, FWA regional director. For more information, check www.fwapontevedra.blogspot.com or www.windrusher.com.

 

SISTERS IN CRIME: First Saturday of each month: 10:30 a.m. at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256; Sherry Czerniejewski, president Email sherrycz@aol.com

 

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SOME

USEFUL

LINKS

 

100 EXTENSIVE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD THAT ANYONE CAN ACCESS: https://maryandmacdesign.wordpress.com/

 

      THE ATAVIST (original nonfiction storytelling): http://atavist.net/

 

      BEST LITERARY CRITICISM WEBLOGS: http://www.mastersdegree.net/blog/2011/25-best-literary-criticism-blogs/

 

      BOOK COUNTRY (sponsored by Penguin Books): http://www.bookcountry.com/

 

CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN: http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday

 

CLASSIC BOOKS FOR FREE DOWNLOADS: http://www.planetebook.com/

 

      DAYS OF YORE (writers and artists’ struggles to succeed): http://www.thedaysofyore.com/

 

      EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/mefrm.htm

      

      HOW LANGUAGE WORKS (the cognitive science of linguistics from Indiana University): http://www.indiana.edu/~hlw/

 

"MURDER YOUR DARLINGS" (Quiller-Couch on Style): http://grammar.about.com/od/rhetoricstyle/a/murderquiller.htm

 

THE PHRASE FINDER: http://www.phrases.org.uk/

 

PITCHERS & POETS: http://pitchersandpoets.com/

 

POETRY DAILY: http://poems.com/

 

QUOTE INVESTIGATOR: http://quoteinvestigator.com/

 

      THE RED ROOM – Where the authors are: http://redroom.com/

 

REPRESENTATIVE POETRY ONLINE: http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/menupoet.cfm

 

      SHAKESPEARE SEARCHED: http://shakespeare.yippy.com/

 

      SOME PLACES TO OBTAIN FREE E-BOOKS: http://www.freeliterature.org/index.html

 

TEN PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE WRITING (F.L. Lucas on Style): http://grammar.about.com/od/rhetoricstyle/a/lucastyle10.htm

 

THROW GRAMMAR FROM THE TRAIN: http://throwgrammarfromthetrain.blogspot.com/

 

TODAY IN LITERATURE: http://www.todayinliterature.com/

 

UNUSUAL WORDS: http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/unuwords.htm

 

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THE

WRITE

STAFF

 

President: Stewart Neal (stewartneal@usa.net)

 

Vice President: Richard Levine (RichieL@clearwire.net)

 

Secretary: Kathy Marsh (kathygmarsh@bellsouth.net)

 

Treasurer: Howard Denson (hd3nson@hotmail.com)

 

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MEMBERSHIP

APPLICATION

FOR NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS

 

Membership is $15 for students, $25 for individuals, and $40 for a family. (Make out checks to WRITERS.) Mail your check to WRITERS, c/o Howard Denson, 1511 Pershing Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32205.

 

Name___________________________________________ ___________________________

Street or P.O address_________________________________ Apt. No. ___________

City ______________________________State _____ Zip ________________________

E-mail address: __________________________________ _____________ ____________

 

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WRITERS

BORN

IN OCTOBER

 

1 -- William Beckford (1760), Vincenzo Cuoco (1770), Sergey Aksakov (1791), Rufus Choate (1799), Lars Levi Laestadius (1800), Charles Cros (1842), Annie Besant (Wood) (1847), Israel Querido (1872), Louis Untermeyer (1885), Ahmad Amin (1886), Faith Baldwin (1893), Ernest Haycox (1899), John Lorne Campbell (1906), Daniel Joseph Boorstin (1914), René A. de Rooy (1917), (James Earl) “Jimmy” Carter (1924), William H. Rehnquist (1924), Tim O'Brien (1946), Isaac Bonewits (1949), John Hegley (1953), Jonathan Sarfati (1964), Chris Reason (1965), Jon Guenther (1968), Rodney Kite-Powell (1973);

 

2 -- Andreas Gryphius (1616), François-Timoléon de Choisy (1644), Edward Burnett Tylor (1832), Julius von Sachs (1832), Louis A. Ranvier (1835), Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869), Wallace Stevens (1879), (Julius Henry) “Groucho” Marx (1890), Louis Lebeer (1895), Fjodor I. Panfjorov (1896), (Ignatius) Roy(ston Dunnachie) Campbell (1901), (Henry) Graham Greene (1904), Jack Finney (1911), Jack Parsons (1914), Bernarr Rainbow (1914), Jan Morris (1926), Clay Felker (1928), Lloyd Turner (1938), Rex Reed (1938), Vernor (Steffen) Vinge (1944);

 

3 – Fulke Greville Brooke (1554), Johann P. Uz (1720), George Bancroft (1800), Mikhail Yurevich Lermontov (1814), Stijn Streuvels (Frank Lateur) (1871), Sophie Treadwell (1885), Alain-Fournier (Henri Alban Fournier) (1886), Carl von Ossietzky (1888), Cv Ossietzky (1889), Gerardo Diego (1896), Louis Aragon (1897), Leo McCarey (1898), Thomas Wolfe (1900), David (Alexander Reginald) Herbert (1908), Angeles Alvarino Deleira (1916), James Herriot (James Alfred Wight) (1916), John Boyd (Boyd Bradfield Upchurch) (1919), Harvey Kurtzman (1924), Gore Vidal (1925), Judith Johnson Sherwin (1936), Bernard Cooper (1951), Rob Liefeld (1967);

 

4 -- Robert Bellarmine (Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmino) (1542), Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla (1607), Francois P.G. Guizot (1787), John Richardson (1796), Jeremias Gotthelf (Albert Bitzius) (1797), Juliette Adam-Lamber (1836), Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837), Frederic Remington (1861), Edward Stratemeyer (1862), Max Halbe (1865), Hugh McCrae (1876), Damon Runyon (1880), Francis Bull (1887), (Joseph F.) “Buster” Keaton (1895), Sergei Jessenin (1895), Bona Arsenault (1903), James B. Pritchard (1909), Brendan Gill (1914), Koos Schuur (1915), Charlton Heston (1923), Alvin Toffler (1928), Torben Ulrich (1928), Sally Mary Caroline Belfrage (1936), Jackie Collins (1937), Anne Rice (1941), Roy Blount Jr. (1941), Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov (1951), Kazuki Takahashi (1961);  

 

5 – Paul Fleming (1609), John Glas (1695), Jonathan Edwards (1703), Denis Diderot (1713), Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau (1715), Bernhard (Placidus Johann Nepomuk) Bolzano (1781), John Addington Symonds (1840), Guido von List (1848), Ludwig Borchardt (1863), John Erskine (1879), Teresa de la Parra (1889), Kasimir Edschmid (Karl E. Schmidt) (1890), Remington Kellogg (1892), Walter Bedell Smith (1865), Leopold Kohr (1906), Flann O'Brien (Brian Ó Nualláin) (1911), Stetson Kennedy (1916), Robert Feenstra (1920), Stig H. Dagerman (1923), Bill Dana (William Szathmary) (1924), Jose Donoso (1924), Louise Fitzhugh (1928), Vaclav Havel (1936), Marie-Claire Blais (1939), Zahida Hina (1946), Zoran Živković (1948), Peter Ackroyd (1949), Bill James (1949), Edward P. Jones (1950), Clive Barker (1952), Matthew Kauffman (1961);

 

6 -- J.W. Richard Dedekind (1831), Giuseppe Cesare Abba (1838), Albert Jeremiah Beveridge (1862), Bo Hjalmar Bergman (1869), Mikhail Kuzmin (1872), Martín Luis Guzmán Franco (1887), Maria Dabrowska (1889), Caroline Gordon (1895), Horst Lange (1904), Anthony Cuthbert Baines (1912), Meret Oppenheim (1913), Thor Heyerdahl (1914), Shana Alexander (1925), Fred Graham (1931), Gloria Lane (1932), Horst Bingle (1933), Gerry Adams (1948), David Brin (1850), Ayten Mutlu (1952), Kathleen Webb (1956), Joseph Finder (1958);

 

7 -- John Marston (1576), James Whitcomb Riley (1849), Niels Bohr (1885), Henry A. Wallace (1888), Helen Clark MacInnes (1907), Anni Blomqvist (1909), Simon Carmiggelt (1913), Margarita J. Aliger (1915), Walt W. Rostow (1916), George Duby (1919), John Arthur Giles Gere (1921), Ronald Laing (1927), R.D. Laing (1927), Sohrab Sepehri (1928), Robert Westall (1929), Imamu Amiri Baraka (Everett Leroi Jones) (1934), Thomas M. Keneally (1935), Clive James (1939), Oliver L. North (1943), Diane Ackerman (1948), Martyn Harris (1952), Dan Savage (1964);

 

8 -- Philipp von Zesen (1619), Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro (1676), José de Cadalso y Vázquez (1741), William John Swainson (1789), Philarete Chasles (1798), Francisque Sarcey (1828), John Cowper Powys (1872), Jeanne G. van Schaik-Willing (1895), Rouben Mamoulian (1897), Walter Lord (1917), Frank (Patrick) Herbert (1920), Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky (1925), Rona Barrett (1936), David Willis (1938), Harvey Pekar (1939), (Cornelius Crane) "Chevy" Chase (1943), R(obert) L(awrence) Stine (1943), Benjamin Cheever (1948), Steve Coll (1958), François Pérusse (1960), Matt Damon (1970);

 

9 -- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (varied birthdates) (1547), Jan III van Foreest (1586), Richard Blackmore (1654), Gian M. Crescimbeni (1663), Stephanus J. du Toit (1847), Edward William Bok (1863), Marina Tsvetaeva (1892), Mário Raul de Morais Andrade (1893), Bruce Catton (1899), Quintin McGarel Hogg (1907), Harry Hooton (1908), E. Howard Hunt Jr. (1918), Jens Bjørneboe (1920), William Edward "Bill" Tidy (1933), Jill Ker Conway (1934), Brian Blessed (1937), Pierre Mertens (1939), Tony Zappone (1947);

 

10 -- Aleksis Kivi (Stenvall) (1834), Fridtjof (Wedel-Jarlsberg) Nansen (1861), Louise Mack (1870), Ferdinand Bordewijk (1884), Walter Anderson (1885), Rie Cramer (Marie Holman) (1887), Ivo Andric (1892), R.K. Narayan (Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami) (1906), Mercè Rodoreda (1908), Luc van Brabant (1909), Charles Henry Madge (1912), Claude Simon (1913), Jean Gimpel (1918), Boeli (Willem C.) van Leeuwen (1922), James Clavell (1924), Harold Pinter (1930), Mustafa Zaidi (1960), Gerald Masters (1933), Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa (1941), Frederick Barthelme (1943), Renier S. Schoeman (1944), Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb, Jill March, Sarah Hardesty (Eleanor Marie Robertson) (1950), Daniel Pearl (1963), Jonathan Littell (1967), Jun Lana (1972);

 

11 -- Andreas Gryphius (1616), Samuel Clarke (1675), Adriaan van den Ende (1768), Steen Steensen Blicher (1782), Albartus Telting (1803), C. F. Meyer (1825), Hans E. Kinck (1865), Stefan O. Iosif (1875), Gertrud von Le Fort (1876), Stark Young (1881), Hans Kelsen (1881), Will Vesper (1882), (Anna) Eleanor Roosevelt (1884), Francois Mauriac (1885), Roman (Osipovich) Jakobson (1896), Joseph (Wright) Alsop (V) (1910), Elmore Leonard (1925), R(ichard) H(enry) W(ilde) Dillard (1937), Thomas Boswell (1947), Claudia Palacios (1977);

 

12 -- Walter T. Watts-Dunton (1832), George W(ashington) Cable (1844), August Sauer (1855), Jacobus of Looy (1855), (Edward Alexander) Aleister Crowley (1875), Louis Hémon (1880), Paula von Preradović (1887), Eugenio Montale (1896), Dirk A.M. Binnendijk (1902), Ding Ling (1904), Lester Dent (1904), Ann Lane Petry (1908), Paul Engle (1908), Zellig S. Harris (1909), Robert Fitzgerald (1910), Alice Childress (1916), Thomas Burnett Swann (1928), Robert Coles (1929), Dick Gregory (1932), Chris Wallace (1947), Richard Price (1949), Brian Kennedy (1966);

 

13 -- John Hervey (1696), Ecco Epkema (1759), William Motherwell (1797), Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797), Jules Quicherat (1815), Mary Kingsley (1862), Sasha Cherny (1880), George Bacovia (Vasiliu) (1881), Conrad Richter (1890), Arna Bontemps (1902), Jutta Hecker (1904), Werner Reinowski (1908), Herblock (Herbert L. Block) (1909), Robert Walker (1918), Frank D. Gilroy (1925), Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider) (1925), Janice Elliott (1931), Hugo Young (1938), Paul Simon (1942), Mike Barnicle (1943), Claude Ribbe (1954), Chris(topher Carl) Carter (1957), Colin Channer (1963), Serena Altschul (1970);

14 -- Maurice de Plessys (1864), Masaoka Shiki (1867), Margarete Susman (1874), Otto V. Ekelund (1880), Kathrine Mansfield (1888), Paul de Keyser (1891), e. e. cummings (1894), William Edwards Deming (1900), Willem A Wagenaar (1901), Hannah Arendt (1906), Barend Barendse (1907), Ruth Hale (1908), Dorothy Kingsley (1909), C Everett Koop (1916), John Dean III (1938), Katha Pollitt (1949), Carole Malone (1954), Stephen A. Smith (1967);

 

15 -- Publius Vergilius “Virgil” Maro (70 BC), Robert Herrick (1674), Allan Ramsay (1686), Clément Juglar (1819), Alfred Meissner (1822), Isabella Lucy Bell Bishop (1831), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), George Foot Moore (1851), Jaime de Magalhes Lima (1859), P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse (1881), Alfred Neumann (1895), Bernard von Brentano (1901), C(harles) P(ercy) Snow (1905), Varian Fry (1907), John Kenneth Galbraith (1908), Robert Trout (1919), Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (1917), Edwin C. Tubb (1919), Mario (Gianluigi) Puzo (1920), Agustina Bessa-Luís (1922), Italo Calvino (1923), Alexander Kent (Douglas Edward Reeman) (1924), Marguerite Andersen (1924), Evan Hunter or Ed McBain (Salvatore Albert Lombino) (1926), Paul-Michel Foucault (1926), Mary Perot Nichols (1927), Fereydun M. Esfandiary (1930), Riekus Waskowsky (1932), Sarah Margaret “Fergie. Duchess of York” Ferguson (1959), Emeril Lagasse (1959);

 

16 -- Charles C. Dassoucy (1605), Noah Webster (1758), William Buell Sprague (1795), Vicente Riva Palacio (1832), Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) Wilde (1854), Daisy May Bates (Margaret Dwyer) (1859), J.B. Bury (1861), Helge Rode (1870), Armin T. Wegner (1886), Eugene O'Neill (1888), William O. Douglas (1898), Cecile de Brunhoff (1903), Dino Buzzati (1906), Roger Vailland (1907), George Turner (1916), Kathleen Winsor (1919), Günter Grass (1927), Paul Monette (1945), Suzanne Somers (Suzanne Marie Mahoney) (1946), Timothy Francis “Tim” Robbins (1958), Marc Levy (1961);

 

17 -- Simon van Leeuwen (1626), Jupiter Hammon (1711), Jacques Cazotte (1719), John Wilkes (1725), John Bowring (1792), Georg Büchner (1813), Emanuel Geibel (1815), Elinor Glyn (1864), Alfred Polgar (1875), Mildred Knopf (1898), Simon Vestdijk (1898), Yvor Winters (1900), Nathanael West (1903), Jerry Siegel (1914), Arthur Miller (1915), Sumner Locke Elliott (1917), Miguel Delibes (1920), George Mackey Brown (1921), Jimmy Breslin (1930), Robert Atkins (1930), Ernst Hinterberger (1931), Barend P. Tammeling (1934), Drusilla Modjeska (1946), Robert Jordan, Reagan O'Neal, Jackson O'Reilly (James Oliver Rigney Jr.) (1948), Ron Drummond (1959), Mark Peel (1959), Richard Roeper (1959), Norm Macdonald (1963), Mark Gatiss (1966), Rick Mercer (1969), Ariel Levy (1974), Randall Munroe (1984);

 

18 -- Pius II (Aenea S. Piccolomini) (1405), Justus Lipsius (Joost Lips) (1547), Giambattista Marini (1569), Lars Johnstown (Lasse Lucidor) (1638), Charles le Beau (1701), Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (1741), Adolfs Muller (1774), Heinrich von Kleist (1774), Thomas Love Peacock (1785), Helen (Maria) Hunt Jackson (1831), Arie de Jong (1865), Logan Pearsall Smith (1865), Henri Bergson (1859), Ernst Didring (1868), James Truslow Adams (1878), Fannie Hurst (1889), H(arold) L(enoir) Davis (1894), Raymond Brulez (1895), Isabel Briggs Myers (1897), A(bbott) J(oseph) Liebling (1904), Sidney Kiescher Kingslei (1606), Norberto Bobbio (1909), Jesse Helms (1921), Frank Liedel (Leo van Assche) (1924), Thomas Millar (1926), Katherine Kurtz (1944), James Robert Baker (1946), Barry Gifford (1946), Ntozake Shange (1948), Wendy Wasserstein (1950), Terry McMillan (1951), Bảo Ninh (1952), David Twohy (1955), Milčo Mančevski (1959), Rick Moody (1961);

 

19 -- Marsilio Ficino (1433), Thomas Browne (1605), Leigh Hunt (1784), Annie S. Peck (1850), George Albert Boulenger (1858), Vincas Kreve-Mickievicius (1882), Louis Mumford (1895), Salimuzzaman Siddiqui (1897), Miguel Asturias (1899), Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910), Hilde Spiel (1911), Vasco Pratolini (1913), Vinicius de Moraes (1913), Louis Althusser (1918), Pandurang Shastri “Dada-ji” Athavale (1920), Jack Anderson (1922), Joel Feinberg (1926), John le Carré (David John Moore Cornwell) (1931), Nicholas Palmer (1937), Andrew Vachss (1942), Philip Pullman (1946), Deborah Blum (1954), Ray Richmond (1957), Doug Kirby (1957), John Bloom (Joe Bob Briggs) (1958), Tracy Chevalier (1962), Jon Favreau (1966), Jason Reitman (1977);

 

20 -- Giovanni Rucellai (1475), Belle van Zuylen (1740), George Ormerod (1785), Karl Andree (1808), Thomas Hughes (1823), Alphonse Allais (1854), Arthur Rimbaud (1854), John Dewey (1859), Charley Chase (Charles Joseph Parrott) (1893), Marnix Gijsen (baron Jan-Albert Goris) (1899), Ellery Queen co-author Frederic Dannay (1905), Robert Lochner (1918), Hans Warren (1921), Pierre Laporte (1921), Joe Minogue (1923), Art Buchwald (1925), Oskar Pastior (1927), Michael McClure (1932), Robert Pinsky (1940), Connie Chung (1946), Elfriede Jelinek (1946), Lewis Grizzard (1946), David Profumo (1955), Lynn Flewelling (1958), Michelle Malkin (1970);

 

21 -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), Alphonse-Marie Louis de Lamartine (1790), Petrus P.M. Alberdingk Thijm (1827), Edmondo de Amicis (1846), George P. Gooch (1873), Albert Aftalion (1874), Egon Joseph Wellesz (1885), Gerrit Engelke (1890), Rampo Edogawa (1894), Gerhard von Rad (1901), Edmond (Moore) Hamilton (1904), Patrick Kavanagh (1904), Nikos Engonopoulos (1907), Martin Gardner (1914), Claire Sterling (1919), Ursula K(roeber) Le Guin (1929), James H. "Simon" Gray (1936), Frances FitzGerald (1940), Marina Ripa (1941), Tariq Ali (1943), Shaye Cohen (1948), Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu (1949), Patti Ann Davis (Patti Reagan) (1952), Allen Hoey (1952), Carrie Fisher (1956);

 

22 -- William the Troubador (William IX, Duke of Aquitaine) (1071), Johann Reinhold Forster (1729), Leconte de Lisle (1818), Ivan Bunin (1870), Karl B. Adam (1876), Adolf A. Joffe (1883), Parker Fennelly (1891), Damaso Alonso (1898), Edward R. Stettinius (1900), Sidney Kingsley (1906), Helmut Gollwitzer (1908), John Gould (1908), Doris Lessing (1919), Georges Brassens (1921), Jan A. de Jonge (1926), Max Apple (1941), Arto Salminen (1959);

 

23 -- Juan de la Cueva (1543), Peter Burmannus Secundus (Pieter Burman) (1713), H. Benjamin Constant (de Rebeque) (1767), Adalbert Stifter (1805), John Russell Bartlett (1805), Margaret Fuller (Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli) (1810), Robert S. Bridges (1844), Neltje Blanchan (1865), Ned Rorem (1923), Johnny Carson (1925), Michael Crichton (1942), Brian Ross (1948), Nick Tosches (1949), Michael Eric Dyson (1958), (Alfred Matthew)"Weird Al" Yankovic (1959), Sam Raimi (1959), Randy Pausch (1960), Laurie Halse Anderson (1961), Augusten Burroughs (1965);

 

24 -- Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Alban Butler (1710), Dorothea von Schlegel (Brendel Mendelssohn) (1763), Sarah Josepha Hale (1788), (Graf) August von Platen-Hallermünde (1796), Alexandra David-Néel (1868), Hermann Claudius (1878), Ernest Claes (1885), Delmira Augustini (1886), Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay (1894), Moss Hart (1904), Bob Kane (Robert Kahn) (1915), Marghanita Laski (1915), Denise Levertov (1923), Gabriel Laub (1928), James Brosnan (1929), Yordan Radichkov (1929), Hubert Aquin (1929), Norman Rush (1933), Dale Maharidge (1956), Jaime Garzón (1960), Dave Meltzer (1961), Robert Wilonsky (1968);

 

25 -- James Beattie (1735), Benjamin Constant (1767), Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800), Maria van Ackere-Doolaeghe (1803), Max Stirner (Johann Kaspar Schmidt) (1806), Pavel Melnikov (1818), Gleb Uspensky (1843), Dragutin Gorjanovic-Kramberger (1856), Stephanie H. (Lapidoth-)Swarth (1859), Eduardo Barrios (1884), Francois Pauwels (1888), Richard E. Byrd (1888), Henry Steele Commager (1902), Edmond Pidoux (1908), John Berryman (1914), Brian Malzard Foss (1921), Peter Rohmkorf (1929), Harold Brodkey (Aaron Roy Weintraub) (1930), Martin John Gilbert (1936), Anne Tyler (1941), Selly Fernandes (1943), Daniel Mark Epstein (1948), J.A. Adande (1970);

 

26 -- Dimitrie Cantemir (1673), Charles Sprague (1791), Andrei Bely (Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev) (1880), Napoleon Hill (1883), E. Runar Schildt (1888), Karin Maria Boye (1900), Beryl Markham (1902), Sorley MacLean Somhairle MacChaluim (1911), Stuart J(ames) Byrne (1913), Jan Wolkers (1925), John Arden (1930), Ulrich Plentzdorf (1934), Pat Conroy (1945), Demetris Th. Gotsis (1945), Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947), Trevor Joyce (1947), Andrew Motion (1952), Jennifer Roberson (1953), Rita Wilson (Margarita Ibrahimoff) (1956), Jim Butcher (1971);

 

27 -- Hester Chapone (1727), Klas (Pontus) Arnoldson (1844), Theodore Roosevelt (1858), Enid Bagnold (1889), Graciliano Ramos (1892), Victor E. van Vriesland (1892), Johan G. Dancer (1893), Dylan Thomas (1914), Kazimierz Brandys (1916), K(ocheril) R(aman) Narayanan (1920), Warren Allen Smith (1921), Nawal el-Saadawi (1931), Sylvia Plath (Victoria Lucas) (1932), John Cleese (Cheese) (1939), Maxine Hong Kingston (1940), John Kane (1945), Terry Anderson (1947), Fran Lebowitz (1950), Jaq D. Hawkins (1956), Jade Arcade (1971), Zadie Smith (1975);

 

28 – Desiderius Erasmus (1466), Nicholas Brady (1659), Ivan Turgenev (1818),
Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (1842), Pío Baroja (1872), Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor (1875), Velimir Khlebnikov (1885), Eduard J. Dijksterhuis (1892), Ludwig Strauss (1892), Eileen Shanahan (1901), Evelyn A. Waugh (1903), John Harold Hewitt (1907), Jonas Salk (1914), Jessie Kesson (1916), Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925), John Hollander (1929), Anne Perry (1938), Susan Harris (1940), Andy Richter (1966);

 

29 -- Jacques Amyot (1513), Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (uncertain birth date)(1547), Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix (1682), Martin Folkes (1690), James Boswell (1740), Ľudovít Štúr (1815), Harriet Powers (1837), Conrad Haebler (1857), Guillermo Valencia (1873), Jean Giraudoux (1882), Claire Goll (1890), Fredric (William) Brown (1906), A(lfred) J(ules) Ayer (1910), Bernard Gordon (1918), (William Henry) “Bill” Mauldin (1921), Zbigniew Herbert (1924), Dominick Dunne (1925), Boy Abunda (1955), David Remnick (1958), Daniel J. Bernstein (1971), Mohsen Emadi (1976);

 

30 -- Enrico C. Davila (1576), Paul Pellisson (1624), Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751), André Chénier (1762), Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé (1786), Rinse Posthumus (1790), Fjodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821), William G. Sumner (1840), Lena Christ (1881), Elizabeth Madox Roberts (1881), Ezra Loomis Pound (1885), Zoe Akins (1886), Georg Heym (1887), Jan M. Romein (1893), Willi Apel (1893), Kostas Karyotakis (1896), Alexander Gode (Alexander Gottfried Friedrich Gode-von-Aesch) (1906), Sol Tax (1907), Miguel Hernadez Gilabert (1910), Marius Hendrikus Flothuis (1914), Fred Friendly (1915), Barun De (1932), Agota Kristof (1935), Robert Caro (1935), Rudolfo Anaya (1937), Leland H. Hartwell (1939), Andrea Mitchell (1946), Charles Martin Smith (1953), Andy Archer (1957);

 

31 -- Philippe de Vitry (1291), Caesar Baronius (1538), Denzil Holles (1599), John Evelyn (1620), (Anne) Claude (de Tubières Grimoard de Pestels Levieux) de Lévis (1692), Laura Maria Caterina Bassi (1711), Christopher Anstey (1724), Leonor de Almeida marquesa de Alorna (1750), Jean Louis van Aelbroeck (1755), John Keats (1795), Krišjānis Barons (1835), Mary E.W. Freeman (1852), Johann Peter Adolf Erman (1854), Seerp Anema (1875), Eduard van Oort (1876), George Hubert Wilkins (1888), Napoleon Lapathiotis (1888), B(asil) H(enry) Liddell Hart (1895), Alfred Sauvy (1898), Charles Drummond de Andrade (1902), Dale Evans (Lucille Wood Smith) (1912), William Hardy McNeill (1917), Ian (Pretyman) Stevenson (1918), Magnus Wenninger (1919), Dick Francis (1920), Andrew Sarris (1928), Dan Rather (1931), Michael Landon (1937), Jane Pauley (1950), John Candy (1950), Neal Stephenson (1959), Joseph Boyden (1966), Irina Denezhkina (1981).