Fun Facts Friday: Seán O’Casey
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / March 30, 2018

Seán O’Casey (30 March, 1880 – 18 September, 1964) was an Irish dramatist and playwright. 1)      Suffering from poor eyesight, you Mr. O’Casey had trouble at school, but taught himself to read and write by age 13. 2)      His father died with he was six years old, and the family (of thirteen!) had to move from house to house in North Dublin. 3)      At age fourteen Mr. O’Casey left school and started working. Life was hard and he was once fired because he did not take his cap off when collecting his pay. 4)      His birth name is John, but as he got more involved in politics and took up the Irish nationalist cause, he changed his name to Sean. 5)      He got his inspiration to write after Thomas Ashe, a friend, died in a hunger strike in 1917. 6)      His 1923 play, The Shadow of a Gunman, was the first to be accepted and performed at the Abbey Theatre, which began a long and fruitful relationship. 7)      Mr. O’Casey is known as the first Irish playwright to write about Dublin’s working class. 8)      In 1934, while visiting New York City for the production of his play Within the Gates, he met and friended Eugene O’Neill. He liked the production…

Guest Post by Author D. Ray Thomas
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / March 27, 2018

The Take It Back series 1 – 4.   Hello! Welcome to my guest blog! My name is D. Ray Thomas and I hope this blog will make you laugh, make you cry, and help you understand why I’m no longer allowed in public. I joke! I can go out at night. Between 3 and 4AM. With my caretaker. As long as I’ve taken my meds. And I’m dressed. Like, all the way dressed. That was a sticking point for a while. Photo by Jerry Kiesewetter on Unsplash   And now for a musical interlude: I was told my guest blog should make the experience more enjoyable. I don’t know what that means. I’ve been down a certain aisle in the drug store with all sorts of things to make an experience more enjoyable, but I’m pretty sure that is not the experience they were talking about. I was also told, “Use your humor.” The cadence of the statement was the same as “Use your words.” Maybe I shouldn’t complain. I’m the one that didn’t understand about a guest blog in the first place, right? I guess I should tell you a little bit about myself. I do have an official bio. Wanna…

Fun Facts Friday: Roger Martin du Gard
Latest Posts / March 23, 2018

Roger Martin du Gard (23 March, 1881 – 22 August, 1958) was an award winning French author. Roger Martin du Gard Theo van Rysselberghe 1)      He was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris, to a prosperous lawyer. 2)      Mr. du Gard was a trained paleographer. 3)      In 1906 he married Hélène Foucault, the couple honeymooned in North Africa where Mr. du Gard outlined his first novel. 4)      He spent most of World War I as a soldier on the front lines. 5)      After the war, Mr. du Gard started working a Les Thibault, a long saga novel. 6)      The author won the 1937 Noble Prize in Literature for his novel Les Thibault, published in six volumes. 7)      The author’s novels run a theme of a person’s dilemma between religion and science. 8)      Mr. du Gard did not like publicity, preferring a life of seclusion and guarding his privacy. He did not permit photographs and kept his phone number unlisted. 9)      The author published very little work after 1940, he passed away in his country retreat. 10)   Albert Camus said that “Martin du Gard is the example, a rare one indeed, of one of our great writers whose telephone number nobody knows.” Zohar – Man of la Book — Please like and follow ManOfLaBook.com —

Fun Facts Friday: Sid Fleischman
Latest Posts / March 16, 2018

Sid Fleischman (16 March, 1920 – 17 March, 2010) was an author of children’s books, adult novels and also wrote screenplays. Books by Sid Fleischman* 1)      Even though he was born in Brooklyn, NY Mr. Fleischman grew up in San Diego, CA. 2)      He discovered his interest in magic as a young boy, and held onto that fascination his whole life. Mr. Fleischman started performing as a professional magician while still in high school. 3)      The first book Mr. Fleischman published was Between Cocktails, when he was 19 years old. The book was a guide to perform magic with paper matches. 4)      During World War II Mr. Fleischman served in the Pacific theater on a destroyer. 5)      In 1987 Mr. Fleischman won the Newbery Medal for his book The Whipping Boy, and in 1994 was the US nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. 6)      Drawing on his experience in the Pacific, as a reporter, and as a magician, Mr. Fleischman wrote many adventure novels which were set in the Far East. 7)      His book Blood Alley was developed into a film starring John Wayne and Lauren Bacall. Mr. Fleischman wrote the script and began his long relationship with Hollywood. 8)      Mr. Fleischman wrote his children books using his…

Guest Post: Red Eagle: The War Within
Latest Posts / March 14, 2018

The publisher is giving away 3 books – please enter through the rafflecopter form at the end of the post Red Eagle: The War Within By Jens Cromer, Chief Editor at Peachill www.peachill.com Buy Red Eagle: The Red Stick War of Alabama  from Amazon.com* I’ve always felt like an outsider. Perhaps you’ve felt the same. The poor kid at the rich school, the one who looks different, the one from somewhere else. No outsider has been through travails as tough, however, as those who are of mixed race. Their stories are powerful, often ugly, but above all, their stories are American. When we at Peachill put together our first batch of historical fiction novels, RED EAGLE was a must. Half European, half Muscogee Creek, he was uniquely positioned between the Natives and those of European descent. We remember these sides as mortal enemies—white slaughterers, or savage Indians, to be blunt—but there was also a time when they co-existed in peace. Allow me to state the obvious: it wouldn’t last. This is how Red Eagle came to be. My family history is just the same. Dutch and English citizens, shackled by systemic poverty, were caught stealing, and were banished to the…

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