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Fun Facts Friday: The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells

Yesterday I posted about H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi book The First Men in the Moon which I read because: a) I wanted to read it b) It’s a classic book c) It was for my League of Extraordinary Gentel-Man of la Book challenge which I highly recommend you join if you haven’t so far. It […]

Fun Facts Friday: Michael Shea

Today we celebrate the birthday of award winning science-fiction author Michael Shea (13 July, 1943 – ???). Mr. Shea (website) has won “year’s best” World Fantasy Awards for his novel Nifft the Lean and Growlimb, a novella. Books by Michael Shea 1 ) Michael Shea hitchhiked twice across the USA 2 ) A Quest fo […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Dalai Lama

Today is the birthday of best selling author and leader of Tibet (or is it the other way around?) the Dalai Lama. This post was not as difficult as my other “fun facts” posts as the Dalai Lama had an interesting life and the difficulty presented itself by trying to find “only” 10 interesting facts. […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Globe Theatre

Today marks the burning down of the historic Globe Theatre in London, 1613. The theatre was built by Lord Chamberlain’s Men, part of which was, of course, William Shakespeare. 1 ) The Globe was built in 1599 from the timbers of London’s first permanent theater – Burbage’s Theater. 2 ) Burbage’s Theater was built by […]

Fun Facts Friday: Michael Shaara

Tomorrow will be the birthday of Pulitzer Prize winning Author Michael Shaara (23 Jun, 1928 – 5 May, 1988). Mr. Shaara’s book, The Killer Angels has been one of my favorites American Civil War novels and his son, Jeff, continues with the tradition. Books by Michael Shaara 1 ) Michael Shaara was born to Italian […]

Fun Facts Friday: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Yesterday was the birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe (14 June, 1811 – 1 July, 1896). Stowe is known mostly for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin but she was an avid writer all of her life. Picture from Nation’s history is embedded in portrait of a famous writer – boston.com Books by Harriet Beecher Stowe 1 ) […]

Fun Facts Friday: Patricia Cronwell

Tomorrow, 9 June, is the birthday of crime author Patricia Cornwell (website | Facebook). Ms. Cornwell, a Miami Florida native, created the well known medical examiner Kay Scrapetta. Books by Patricia Cronwell 1 ) When Cornwell was nine years old her mother had a nervous breakdown and tried to give her kids to Ruth & […]

Fun Facts Friday: Jean Stafford

Today, 1 June is the birthday of author Jean Stafford (1 June, 1915 – 26 March, 1979. Ms. Stafford was an American short story writer and novelist who was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford. Books by Jean Stafford 1 ) During her career Ms. Stafford […]

Fun Facts Friday: Joseph Brodsky

Yesterday we celebrated the birthday of Russian essayist & poet Joseph Brodsky (24 May 1940 – 28 January 1996). A Jew born in Leningrad, Brodsky is known for his powerful insights, as well as creating tension between seemingly random images and subtle rhyming. Books and Poems by Joseph Brodsky 1 ) While working as an […]

Fun Facts Friday: Wizard of Oz as a Political Satire

“The story of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ was written solely to pleasure children of today” L. Frank Baum – Author In the late 1800s the United States was in turmoil, the agrarian revolt in the Midwest, a heated election and the rise of the Populist movement. Henry M. Littlefield (12 June, 1933 – 30 March […]

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