International Museum Day

birthday boy • 1048 – Omar Khayyám, Persian poet (d. 1131)

1593 –
Playwright Thomas Kyd‘s accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.

1152Henry II marries Eleanor of Aquitaine.

1897 – Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.

audio • Seamus Heaney guests on NPR’s On Point and reads some of his new work District and Circle.

event • Annabelle Gurwitch, author, actress & filmmaker will sign her new book Fired May 19, at A Clean Well Lighted Place for Books, SF.

novel idea •
Suzanne Balaban, publicity director of Scribner started a program to bring authors into a growing roster of corporations, including Microsoft, Boeing, Google and Altria have played host to writers in their offices. Even the United States Treasury Department has invited nearly 40 authors to speak over the last two years.

talking head • Megan McCafferty talks shop with Brick NJ’s Lit Chicks

talking BIGhead • Vinton Cerf, electronic pioneer and Google’s chief Internet evangelist, is also a bibliophile who has a collection of about 10,000 hard-copy volumes lining shelves at his home in McLean. Cerf talks to the Washington Post about Google’s Goal: A Worldwide Web of Books.

hiding in plain sight • Author E. Lynn Harris talks to NPR’s Talk of the Nation about homophobia in the black church.

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