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Cover Image: Where the Wild Things Are by SENDAK, Maurice

Where the Wild Things Are

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Cover Image: The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories by OZICK, Cynthia

The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories

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Cover Image: The Winter of Our Discontent by STEINBECK, John

The Winter of Our Discontent

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Cover Image: Keziah Dane by GRAFTON, Sue

Keziah Dane

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November begins with the Long Island bookfair. Although the fair is the same, and has been running more than 30 years, the location is new (and improved). Please find us exhibiting at Hofstra University. The fair is held in the University Center, and there is plenty of free parking. Saturday, November 1st, 11am - 6pm and November 2nd, 11am - 4pm. If you would like a free entrance ticket, please email us.

This Week...

This week in literary history.

1709 The great English man of letters Dr. Samuel Johnson, whose dictionary was the first major English dictionary to use illustrative historical quotations, was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, on September 18, 1709.

1789 James Fenimore Cooper, author of the Leatherstocking Tales including The Last of the Mohicans, was born in Burlington, New Jersey on September 15, 1789.

1850 British-American novelist and journalist Robert Barr, best known for his mystery work Triumphs of Eugene Valmont, was born in Glasgow, Scotland on September 16, 1850.

1851 The New York Times was first published on September 18, 1851.

1860 Hamlin Garland, author of A Son of the Middle Border and other works of Midwestern life, was born in West Salem, Wisconsin on September 14, 1860.

1866 British science-fiction novelist H.G. Wells, who with a few choice works including The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds, all but invented the genre, was born in Kent.

1872 Mystery writer William MacHarg, author of The Achievements of Luther Trent and the The Affairs of O'Malley, was born in Dover Plains, New York on September 18, 1872. The latter work was a Queen's Quorum title, while the former includes the first fictional use of a lie-detector.

1878 American novelist Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 20, 1878. During the Second World War and afterward his "World's End" series, following the adventures of his antifascist hero Lanny Budd, was extremely successful. Some questioned the literary merit of these popular novels, but the third in the series, Dragon's Teeth, won the Pulitzer Prize and George Bernard Shaw suggested future readers could use them to properly understand the 20th Century. His best known work, however, is his 1906 proletarian novel, The Jungle, the quintessential muckraking fiction. Sinclair hoped to expose abusive labor conditions, but the public was more interested in the unsanitary conditions of the Chicago stockyards and as a result the Food and Drug Act was passed.

1883 American Modernist and Imagist poet William Carlos Williams, whose long career included his 1923 collection Spring and All, and his five volume Paterson series (1946-1958), was born in Rutherford, New Jersey on September 17, 1883. In 1909, three years after graduating from the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania, he published his first volume of poetry.

1888 Finnish novelist and Nobel laureate Frans E. Sillanpaa, author of People in a Summer Night, was born in Hameenkyro on September 16, 1888.

1890 Harlem Renaissance poet and novelist Claude McKay was born in Jamaica on September 15, 1890.

1890 Preeminent English detective novelist Agatha Christie, who sold more than 100 million books, including those featuring her famous sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, was born in Torquay, Devon on September 15, 1890.

1905 Scottish author, poet, and minister George MacDonald, whose works include Phantastes, The Princess and the Goblin, and At the Back of the North Wind, died in Ashtead, Surrey on September 18, 1905 at age 80.

1908 British mystery author John Creasey, creator of The Toff and Gideon of Scotland Yard, was born in Southfields, Surrey.

1911 British Nobel laureate William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, was born in St. Columb Minor, Cornwall.

1926 John Knowles, best known for his 1959 novel A Separate Peace, was born in Fairmont, West Virginia on September 16, 1926.

1931 William Faulkner's first short story collection, These 13, was published on September 21, 1931. It included such classics as "A Rose for Emily," "That Evening Sun," and "Dry September."

1932 Mystery author Robert B. Parker, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on September 17, 1932. The Godwulf Manuscript, the first of more than 30 works featuring the private investigator Spenser, was published in 1973. Parker has a Ph.D. in American literature from Boston University and part of his thesis was on such other classic mystery authors as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross MacDonald.

1938 Thomas Wolfe, author of Look Homeward, Angel, Of Time and the River, and the posthumously published You Can't Go Home Again, died in Baltimore, Maryland on September 15, 1938, a few weeks shy of his 38th birthday from tuberculosis of the brain.

1943 African-American writer James Alan McPherson was born in Savannah, Georgia. He is best known for his short stories, collected in such books as Hue and Cry and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Elbow Room.

1946 American author and conservationist Stewart Edward White, whose fiction and non-fiction celebrated the American West, died in Hillsborough, California on September 18, 1946 at age 73. His friend Theodore Roosevelt called White, "the best man with both pistol and rifle who ever shot" at Roosevelt's rifle range at Sagamore Hill.

1947 Horror novelist Steven King was born on September 21, 1947.

1951 Humorist Gelett Burgess, who became famous with his short quatrain about a purple cow ("I'd rather see than be one"), died in Carmel, California on September 18, 1951 at age 85. He is also credited with adding several words to the English language, including "blurb."

1953 Playwright and mystery novelist Percival Wilde, author of The Woman in Room 13, died in New York of a heart attack at age 65.

1971 Greek poet, essayist, diplomat, and Nobel laureate Giorgios Seferis, died in Athens at age 71.

1973 British man of letters William Plomer died in Lewes, East Sussex. He was originally from South Africa, and his first novel, Turbott Wolfe, the short story collection I Speak of Africa, and his magazine Voorslag were all critical of racism in his native land. Unable to find a receptive audience, he moved to England where he spent the rest of his life.

1975 The French poet and Nobel laureate Saint-John Perse died on September 20, 1975 in Provence, France at the age of 88. His best known early work, Anabasis, was translated by T.S. Eliot. He was also a diplomat, but was dismissed by the Vichy government during WWII and lived in exile in America.

1978 English musician Robert Bruce Montgomery, who scored many British films, died in London of a heart attack on September 15, 1978 at age 56. Under the pseudonym Edmund Crispin he also wrote many mysteries, including Beware the Trains.

1980 Katherine Anne Porter, author of Pale Horse, Pale Rider and Ship of Fools, died in Silver Springs, Maryland on September 18, 1980 at age 90. Her 1965 Collected Stories won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

1982 The American national newspaper USA Today was first published.

1989 Robert Penn Warren died.

2008 Novelist, essayist, and short story writer David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System, committed suicide in his home in Claremont, California at the age of 46.

2012 American poet Louis Simpson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1963 collection At the End of the Open Road, died at his home in Stony Brook, New York, at age 89.

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