William Butler Yeats (13 June, 1865- 28 January, 1939) was an Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer. He is considered one of the greatest English-language poets of the 20th century.
Maxim Gorky (28 March, 1868 – 18 June, 1936) was an important Russian writer and political activist.
January 17 is the birthday of one of the most famous man in American History, Benjamin Franklin ( 17 January, 1706 – 17 April, 1790). I read Benjamin Franklin’s Biography by Walter Isaacson a few years ago and it is, to this day, a favorite of mine. Many people know that Mr. Franklin was a printer, but here are a few interesting facts about his printing career and love of books & libraries.
Roald Dahl, the adored children’s author wrote 19 children’s books including James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
American author Shirley Jackson (14 December, 1916 -8 August, 1965) born on this day. She is best known for her excellent short story The Lottery.
Pulitzer prize winning American author Willa Cather (7 December, 1873 – 24, April, 1947) s associated with the pioneer spirit, she lived most of her life in NYC
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.
Author Suzanne Collins (website) said she got the idea for The Hunger Games while surfing channels and seeing people competing on a reality show and footage of the invasion of Iraq. The two blurred and an idea was formed.
Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) one of the most wildly read authors in English literature whose social commentary has taken on a life of its own
Whether you are rich or poor, educated or not and no matter to which political party you donated to, you are always welcome at your local library