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a week to remember


Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol
Keith Chaffee, March 24, 2019

Nikolai Gogol was born on March 31, 1809. Gogol wrote mostly short stories and plays. He is generally thought of as the first great Russian realist, but his stories often contain elements of the surreal and the bizarre, occasionally leaning into horror.

Author Mary Roach experiences weightlessness on a parabolic flight
Keith Chaffee, March 18, 2019

Mary Roach was born on Mar 20, 1959. Roach writes books about scientific topics that might be offputting but handles her material with a sense of humor that helps readers get past the "ick" factor.

Bayard Rustin at a news briefing on the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.
Keith Chaffee, March 11, 2019

Bayard Rustin was born on March 12, 1912. For half a century, Rustin was an influential leader of the civil rights movement, advocating for nonviolent demonstrations and equal rights.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Keith Chaffee, March 04, 2019

Gabriel García Márquez was born on March 6, 1927. García Márquez was a Colombian novelist who was one of the wave of Latin American writers who brought new attention to the region in the 1960s and 1970s. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Author and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel "Dr. Seuss"
Keith Chaffee, February 25, 2019

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. Under the pen name "Dr. Seuss," he would become one of the best known and most beloved of children's book authors. The characters of Dr.

Graphic collage of American novelist Jonathan Lethem and two of his books Gun, with Occasional Music and The Feral Detective
Keith Chaffee, February 17, 2019

Jonathan Lethem was born on February 19, 1964. Lethem is a writer of novels, short stories, and essays; his work moves freely among genres, from science fiction to detective stories.

Writer Richard Ford
Keith Chaffee, February 11, 2019

Richard Ford was born on February 16, 1944. Ford is a writer of novels and short stories; his best-known work is his series of books about former sportswriter Frank Bascombe.

William Crawford, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay
Keith Chaffee, February 04, 2019

On February 9, 1825, the United States House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams to be the sixth President of the United States, after no candidate had received a majority of votes in the Electoral College.

American self-trained historian and author Barbara Tuchman
Keith Chaffee, January 28, 2019

Barbara W. Tuchman was born on January 30, 1912. Tuchman was a writer of popular history whose goal was to make history accessible and entertaining to the non-historian. Her output was small, fewer than a dozen books, but her work has remained popular decades after its original publication.

Edith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer.
Keith Chaffee, January 20, 2019

Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862. Wharton didn't publish her first novel until she was 40, but her stories of the New York social elite at the end of the 19th century made her one of America's most popular and respected novelists.