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Dave Eggers is an American writer, editor, and publisher

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Dave Eggers!

March 09, 2020

Dave Eggers was born on March 12, 1970. Eggers has been one of the new century’s most prolific writers, working in a range of forms—fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and screenplays.

Bob Wills was an American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader of The Texas Playboys.

Music Memories: Bob Wills

March 06, 2020

Bob Wills was born on March 6, 1905. In the 1930s and 1940s, Wills was one of the creators of western swing, a musical style that sat at the intersection of country and big-band swing music.

collage of grammatical words

A Week to Remember: National Grammar Day

March 02, 2020

March 4 is National Grammar Day. Grammar is a large field, and its boundaries can be fuzzy, but it’s the study of the rules by which a language is spoken and written.

Pop duo The Carpenters, Karen and Richard

Music Memories: The Carpenters

February 28, 2020

Karen Carpenter was born on March 2, 1950; her brother Richard was born on October 15, 1946. Together, they were the pop duo The Carpenters.

Ralph Ellison, American writer

A Week to Remember: Ralph Ellison

February 24, 2020

Ralph Ellison was born on March 1, 1914. Ellison was an important writer of the early civil rights movement, remembered today principally for his novel Invisible Man.

Fat Domino, a legendary R&B and rock & roll artist

Music Memories: Fats Domino

February 21, 2020

Antoine “Fats” Domino was born on February 26, 1928. Domino was one of the creators of rock and roll. His New Orleans boogie-woogie piano playing, rich voice, and warm personality made him one of the biggest stars of the 1950s.

Ruth Rendell was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.

A Week to Remember: Ruth Rendell

February 16, 2020

Ruth Rendell was born on February 17, 1930. Under her own name and the pseudonym Barbara Vine, Rendell wrote more than sixty police procedurals and psychological thrillers.

John Adams, American composer works on his composition.

Music Memories: John Adams

February 14, 2020

John Adams was born on February 15, 1947. Adams is one of America’s most popular classical composers, best known for his operas and orchestral music.

Thomas Edison holding the electric light bulb.

A Week to Remember: Thomas Edison

February 10, 2020

Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847. One of the most prolific inventors in history, Edison created the phonograph, the electric light bulb, and the motion picture camera.

Jerry Goldsmith conducting his film score

Music Memories: Jerry Goldsmith

February 07, 2020

Jerry Goldsmith was born on February 10, 1929. Goldsmith was a film and television composer who scored almost 200 films in his 50-year career.