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a week to remember


wood table full of vegetables
Keith Chaffee, 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.

L.A. native novelist, Harry Turtledove
Keith Chaffee, 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.

Pacific Coast League in 1930 with Ernest Thayer's baseball poem screened on top
Keith Chaffee, June 03, 2019

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

English novelist and short story literary writer, Ian McEwan
Keith Chaffee, 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
Keith Chaffee, 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.

Author James Matthew Barrie and Peter Pan
Keith Chaffee, May 06, 2019

James Matthew Barrie—better known today under his initials, as J. M. Barrie—was born on May 9, 1860. Barrie was a playwright and novelist who is best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

Batman symbol - a silhouette bat
Keith Chaffee, April 29, 2019

May 1, 1939, was the cover date of issue #27 of Detective Comics, in which Batman made his debut. Batman was one of the earliest comic book superheroes and has become one of the most enduring characters in American literature.

Vladimir Nabokov holding a book of lepidoptery – butterflies
Keith Chaffee, April 22, 2019

Vladimir Nabokov was born on April 22, 1899. Praised for his wit and wordplay, Nabokov is best known for the novels he wrote in the 1950s and 1960s.

British novelist Jeffrey Archer
Keith Chaffee, April 15, 2019

Jeffrey Archer was born on April 15, 1940. Archer is a British novelist and former politician whose own life has been colorful and eventful enough to be the stuff of fiction.

Children's author Beverly Cleary and her cat
Keith Chaffee, April 08, 2019

Beverly Cleary was born on April 12, 1916. Cleary is an author of children's books, and since her first book was published in 1950, more than 90 million copies of her books have been sold.