1901 – O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank. for a list of O. Henry prize winners 1919-1999

1974 – Watergate Scandal: The United States Supreme Court unanimously rule that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor. ah the good old days.

talking head • Utah’s Deseret news interviews Sandra Scoppettone

birthday girl • 1929 – Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and author

birthday boys •
1802 – Alexandre Dumas père, French writer (d. 1870)
1878 – (Edward Plunkett), Irish writer (d. 1957)
1895 – Robert Graves, English author (d. 1985)
1916 – John D. MacDonald, American novelist, creator of detective Travis McGee. (d. 1986)

worth reading • the Daily Kos has a couple of useful posts on todays publishing pitfalls – part 1, part 2 Leading to Preditors and Editors a fascinating resource for sorting the wheat from the chaff in the publishing industry, includes big red warning signs.

clever • an independent bookstore owner in CA thinks outside the box and comes up with a bookstore with no books.

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