01-17-2010 06:57 AM
01-18-2010 09:33 AM
01-18-2010 01:40 PM
January 18th, 1989
Bruce Chatwin, the British travel writer and the author of In Patagonia, dies in Nice, France. Despite having a Fatwa declared on him the very same day of the memorial service, Salman Rushdie would be attendance to bid farewell to his old friend Chatwin.
In Patagonia was probably his most famous work. It was one of the very earliest selections of my face-to-face book club. The Wikipedia entry for Chatwin, which I just quickly browsed, suggests several tidbits about his life of which I was unaware. It includes a list of his other works and one paragraph has a brief description of each. I didn't find Chatwin an easy read, but certainly worthwhile, despite the controversy around his extent of fictionalization of supposedly more journalistically positioned accounts. (To date, I have not explored his oeuvre further.)
01-19-2010 09:01 AM
January 18th, 2010
Robert B. Parker, the legendary mystery author and the creator of Spenser, passed away last night. A friend of mine had lunch with him recently and he said that Parker was "Still boxing and working out and as passionate as ever about the Celts, the Sox, writing and writers too!"
01-20-2010 07:50 AM
January 19th, 1809
Edgar Allan Poe, the author of The Raven and the Tell-Tale Heart, is born in Boston, Massachusetts. Fittingly, the nominees for the 2010 Edgar Awards -- the Mystery Writers of America's most prestigious honor -- were announced on Poe's birthday. For a full list of the nominees click here. I'm personally pulling for Jo Nesbo's Nemesis and Meg Abbott's Bury Me Deep.
01-20-2010 08:16 AM - edited 01-20-2010 08:18 AM
January 20th, 1930
Buzz Aldrin, legendary astronaut and the author of Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon, is born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Watch our Tagged! Interview with Aldrin.
01-20-2010 09:32 AM - edited 01-20-2010 09:33 AM
Love Story Erich Segal died . He was 72..I wonder if he is still read today? Vtc
01-20-2010 01:44 PM
January 19th, 1809
Edgar Allan Poe, the author of The Raven and the Tell-Tale Heart, is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
Alas, the Poe Toaster--the person (or persons) toasting Poe's Baltimore grave on his birthday since 1949--was a no show yesterday.
Now I'm not a particular Poe fan, but that was a fairly cool tradition.
01-21-2010 08:23 AM - edited 01-21-2010 08:25 AM
January 21st, 1950
George Orwell, the author of 1984 and Animal Farm, dies in London. A Democratic Socialist, Orwell rallied against Fascism and Totalitarianism in both his writing and his life -- he was shot through the throat fighting against the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Many of Orwell's quotes are as prescient today as the day they were written; they include "Big Brother is watching you" and "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
01-23-2010 07:58 AM - edited 01-23-2010 08:00 AM
January 22nd, 1788
Lord Byron, the English Poet who was "mad, bad, and dangerous to know", is born in London. Edward Trelawney's Recollections of the Last Days of Shelley and Byron -- while a bit fabricated in part -- is one of the best books I've read on the Romantics.