1888 – Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand writer (d. 1923)
1894 – E. E. Cummings, American poet (d. 1962)
1906 – Hannah Arendt, German political theorist and writer (d. 1975)
1908 – Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (d. 2003)
stalwart alert • (via StardotStar blog) St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, turned aside $3 million from a donor who wanted to strip the short story, Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx, from the private high school’s senior reading list. St. Andrew’s decided to keep teaching the story about gay cowboys and returned the check. Other benefactors pitched in – resulting in a clear win for those against such censorship.
audio • the newest podcasts of the Bat Segundo show are up, the literary podcast has interviews with Annalee Newitz and Tommy Chong.
new toy • while I was in bed for 2 days with a carbohydrate hangover, I made this new toy: literary stamp blog. I have a large collection of stamps related to authors and books, so among all my other tasks and hobbies, I will try to upload them to the net – for basically my own amusment.
more audio • NPR on the 100th anniversary of Hannah Arendt’s birth
from the bullpen events calendar •
CA – Litquake – San Francisco, Calif.
CA – Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival – Los Angeles, CA
MN – The 2006 Twin Cities Book Festival – Minneapolis
NC – Novello Festival Of Reading – Charlotte, N.C.,
NYC – Guild of Book Workers Centennial – New York City
SCOT – The 10th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair – Edinburgh, Scotland
SE – IMAGICON – SWECON 2006 – Stockholm, Sweden
TN – Southern Festival Of Books
TX – 13th Annual North Texas Book & Paper Show – Fort Worth TX
WA – Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair & Book Arts Show – Seattle WA
*National Dessert Day – So what? I missed National Egg Day, I’d rather be eating chocolate buttercream frosting out of the container anyway. Seriously I feel like I have been beaten by sticks. Anyone want to submit a guest post, I’d be more than greatful.