National Sacher Torte Day

birthdays •
1830 – Christina Rossetti, British poet (d. 1894)
1869 – Ellis Parker Butler, American author (d. 1937)
1886 – Rose Wilder Lane, American writer and reporter (d. 1968)
1914 – Hans Hellmut Kirst, German author (d. 1989)
1934 – Joan Didion, American writer
1935 – Calvin Trillin, American writer, Kansas City, Missouri
1936 – James Lee Burke, Houston, Texas

calendar •
1784 – African American poet Phyllis Wheatley died at about age 30
1905 – Willa Cather attends a birthday party at New York City’s Delmonico’s Restaurant in honor of Mark Twain.
1941 – John Steinbeck’s book Sea of Cortez is published. Steinbeck used knowledge gained writing this book to develop the marine biologist character Doc in Cannery Row.
1957 – William Inge’s Dark at the Top of the Stairs, premieres in New York City
1990 – , author of the Satanic Verses, ordered to death by Iran for blasphemy, appears in public for 1st time in 2 years

POD people • HP has claimed it has pulled off a “massive coup” following a deal to print books for online retail giant Amazon.

worth reading • Burlington free press profiles a Vermont Cookbook collector Loreen Benner.

old news • Buzz Bissinger blasts Augusten Burroughs the best-selling author of Running With Scissors as a complete impostor in the new issue of Vanity Fair

banktoaster • the new issue of The Bonefolder, Vol. 3, No. 1, Fall 2006 an outgrowth of the Book Arts Web, e-journal for bookbinding and the book arts is now online.

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