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A Week to Remember: National Eat Your Vegetables Day

June 17, 2019

June 17 is National Eat Your Vegetables Day, and we mark the occasion with a look at just some of the vegetable-centered cookbooks available in our e-book collection.


Harry Nilsson at RCA Records, July 1974

Music Memories: Harry Nilsson

June 14, 2019

Harry Nilsson was born on June 15, 1941. Nilsson was a singer-songwriter, usually billed by his last name only. His wide vocal range and the elegant grace of his songwriting made him a popular performer in the early 1970s.


L.A. native novelist, Harry Turtledove

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Harry Turtledove!

June 10, 2019

Harry Turtledove was born on June 14, 1949. Turtledove is a novelist who works in several genres—science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction—but is best known as a writer of alternate history. He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Gardena. He briefly attended Caltech and earned a Ph.D.


Welsh singer Tom Jones

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Tom Jones!

June 07, 2019

Tom Jones was born on June 7, 1940. The Welsh singer became a star in the mid-1960s with a series of cheerfully bombastic pop songs, and continues to tour and record new material after more than 50 years in the spotlight.


Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Rosanne Cash!

May 24, 2019

Rosanne Cash was born on May 24, 1955. Cash is a singer-songwriter who is most often thought of as a country artist, but her music includes elements of pop, rock, blues, and gospel.


Pacific Coast League in 1930 with Ernest Thayer's baseball poem screened on top

A Week to Remember: Casey at the Bat

June 03, 2019

Ernest Thayer's baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" was first published on June 3, 1888, in the San Francisco Examiner.


Blues singer and composer, Taj Mahal

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Taj Mahal!

May 17, 2019

Taj Mahal was born on May 17, 1942. Mahal is a blues singer and composer whose music incorporates elements of jazz and world music.


English novelist and short story literary writer, Ian McEwan

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Ian McEwan!

May 20, 2019

Ian McEwan was born on May 21,1948. McEwan is an English novelist and short story writer literary enough to please the critics, but with enough mass appeal that most of his novels have been adapted as films.


Playwright Lorraine Hansberry

A Week to Remember: Lorraine Hansberry

May 13, 2019

Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930. In 1959, Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun opened, making her the first African-American woman to have a play performed on Broadway.


Portrait of composer Gabriel Fauré in 1905

Music Memories: Gabriel Fauré

May 10, 2019

Gabriel Fauré was born on May 12, 1845. Fauré was a composer whose career spanned nearly 60 years; he is best known for his art songs, piano music, and chamber music.


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