Fun Facts Friday: Ann Petry
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / October 12, 2018

Ann Petry (12 October, 1908 – 28 April, 1997) was an American novelist, author of children’s books and short stories. Books by Ann Petry* The author was born as Ann Lane in Old Saybrook, CT. At the time she was one of 15 African Americans in the town. The author’s father was a pharmacist, her mother a shop owner. Anna Louise James, the first African American pharmacist in Connecticut was her aunt. She was also a pharmacist by profession, even though she wanted to be a writer since high school. After marrying George D. Petry in 1938, the author moved to New York City working as a journalist. The couple had one daughter, Liz. The Street (1946) was the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies. The Street also won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship award. Petry was also an actress with the American Negro Theater. Along with her writing career, Mrs. Petry was also a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, Miami University and Suffolk University. She was also a Visiting Professor of English at the University of Hawaii. Petry passed away at Old Saybrook, she was 88 years old. Books by…

Graphic Novel Review: Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition
4 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / October 8, 2018

About: Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition is an anthology of Superman, the world’s greatest hero by various authors and artists.  This is more of a celebration of the character than a cohesive story. 384 pages Publisher: DC Comics; Deluxe edition Language: English ISBN-10: 9781401278878 My rat­ing for Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition  — 4 Buy Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe  from Amazon.com* Thoughts: I was excited to get Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition, not only because of the celebration of the Superman character I’ve enjoyed since childhood, but also because of the amount of talent involved. There were many talented writers and artists involved in this edition  Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Tom King, Brad Meltzer, Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, John Cassaday, Olivier Coipel, Marv Wolfman, Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Paul Dini, Clay Mann, José Luis García-López,  Rafael Albuquerque and the legendary Curt Swan. It is difficult to rate this book for the same reason it’s difficult to rate a book of short stories – the quality varies (sometimes greatly). Some of the stories were exciting, tales which capture the essence of Superman with little of no words. The story by Tom King (one of the best writers in comics today,…

Fun Facts Friday: Frederic Morton
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / October 5, 2018

Frederic Morton (5 October, 1924 – 20 April, 2015) was an award winning American writer who was born in Austria. Books by Frederic Morton* The writer was born as Fritz Mandelbaum in Vienna, Austria. His father was a blacksmith whose specialty was making imperial medals and belt buckles for the Austrian Army. In 1938 Nazi Germany annexed Austria, the author’s father was arrested and sent to Dachau, but fortunately was released. The family fled the Nazis for Britain in 1939, and continued to New York City in 1940. The family faced anti-Semitism in the United States as well, they had to change the last name so Mr. Mandelbaum could join an anti-Semitic labor union to find work. Morton was a trained baker, but also studied literature. In 1962 Mr. Morton returned to Austria to marry Marcia, whom he met while attending college. Morton wrote novels, as well as columns for Esquire, Playboy, Harper’s, and the New York Times. One of his most known works was The Rothchilds (1962) history of the famous banking family. The Rothchilds was a National Book Award finalist and also… the basis for a musical (coincidentally the songs were written by same team that scored Fiddler…

Fun Facts Friday: Kate Douglas Wiggin
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / September 28, 2018

Kate Douglas Wiggin (28 September, 1856 – 24 August, 1923) was an American author and educator, mostly known for her classic novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Books by Kate Douglas Wiggin* 1.       Ms. Wiggin was born in Philadelphia, PA and experienced a happy childhood despite the American Civil War. 2.       After her father died, young Kate and her sister, Nora, moved with their mother to Portland, Maine. 3.       When Ms. Wiggin was 11 years old, she met Charles Dickens on a train. She was very happy to meet him because her family thought she was too young to go hear him read in Portland, so they never bought her a ticket. 4.       The family, along with the new stepfather Albion Bradbury, moved to Santa Barbara, CA in 1873 where Ms. Wiggin enrolled in a kindergarten training class. 5.       In 1878 Ms. Wiggin started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco, CA. 6.       During the 1880s, along with her sister, Ms. Wiggin started a training school for kindergarten teachers. 7.       When Kate married Bradley Wiggin, a lawyer, in 1881 she was expected to resign her teaching job, as was the custom, so she started writing to raise money. 8.       Mrs. Wiggin’s first two books The Story of Patsy (1883), and The Birds’…

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