birthday boy • 1916 – Camilo José Cela, Spanish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2002)
1942 – William Faulkner’s collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.
mitzvah • An evening with Harry , Carrie & Garp will be held held on Aug. 1-2.at Radio City Music Hall, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and John Irving will read reading from their works to benefit two nonprofit organizations: The Haven Foundation, which helps performing artists whose accidents or illnesses have left them uninsured and unable to work, and Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian group that delivers emergency aid in more than 70 countries. and NO reading aloud for 30 minutes doesn’t cut Rowling any slack with me.
obit of note • Ruth Gay at 83, a writer known for her nonfiction books documenting Jewish life in the Old World and the New, died on Tuesday in the Bronx. NYT’s Obit.
missing paper • further news on the Haruki Murakami manuscript debacle, has raised questions in the publishing industry as to who has ownership rights to manuscripts and whether such unpublished writings should be on the market at all.
cookies • here’s a little profile of one of the 2006 Carnegie medal finalists, Mal Peet author of Tamar.
homelessness • Utah author Bruce Goldwell author the children’s book Dragon Keepers, chooses to live in his van so he can use his meager income to promote his book and other projects.
lost n’found • the human skin covered ledger that was misplaced in Leeds has found its owner, apparently it was lifted during a burglary. hmmm i bet it’s hard to fence something like that.