birthday boy • 1945August Wilson Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright

road show • The “Book Guys,” Mike Cuthbert and Allan Stypeck, popped up at the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock to appraise some books.

dance in the old dame • The UCLA Library has acquired Howard Holtzman’s private collection of rare materials by and about Isadora Duncan. The 1500 piece collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, artwork, contracts and box office statements and ephemera.

cookie • Alice Munro was awarded the MacDowell Medal by the MacDowell Colony, a leading artist residency program in the U.S.

surprise cookie • Novelist and dissident Rakhim Esenov who had been under house arrest in Turkmenistan since 2004, made a surprise appearance at the PEN America’s Freedom to Write awards. Esenov had been charged with smuggling 800 copies of his banned novel, The Crowned Wanderer, into the country.

stalwart alert • Lexington, MA Principal Joni Jay holds ground over use of King and King in classroom discussion of same-gender couples as part of lessons on diversity in families. (i’ve read King & King it’s delightful)

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