1898 – The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.
birthday boy • 1850 – Lafcadio Hearn, Greek-born author (d. 1904)
birthday girl • 1953 – Alice McDermott, American author
look who’s talking • From the Washington Post – “Harper Lee, author of the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird,” has written a rare published item _ a letter for Oprah Winfrey’s magazine on how she became a reader as a child in a rural, Depression-era Alabama town.”
tourism • Next stop Uncle Tom’s Cabin – the 18th-century cabin in Bethesda, MD, where Josiah Henson lived as a slave and was portrayed in the novel is now open for public tours.
obit worth reading • Lyle Stuart at 83 , Publisher of Renegade Titles and literary hoaxes – Naked Came the Stranger, the Anarchist’s Cookbook, the Secret Life of Walter Winchell. My favorite story was how when he sued Winchell for libel and WON, he used the 8K to start Lyle Stuart, Inc.
obit of note • Elmira, NY native Gerald Tomlinson, at 73 author of mysteries and books on baseball.
distopia watch • NJ Librarian who asked for a subpoena before the cops could search library records gets suspended.