July Author Birthdays

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July author birthdays!  Missed one of your favorites? Let me know so I can add it!

July 1
George Sand (1804)
William Strunk (1869)
James M. Cain (1892)

July 2
Hermann Hesse (1877)
Wislawa Szymborska (1923)

July 3
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860)
Franz Kafka (1883)
M.F.K. Fisher (1908)
Tom Stoppard (1937)

July 4
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804)
Lionel Trilling (1905)
Neil Simon (1927)

July 5
Jean Cocteau (1889)
Naomi Long Madgett (1923)

July 6
Verner von Heidenstam (1859)

July 7
Robert Heinlein (1907)

July 8
Elizabeth Kübler-Ross (1926)
Anna Quindlen (1952)

July 9
Ann Radcliffe (1764)
Oliver Sacks (1933)
June Jordan (1936)

July 10
Marcel Proust (1871)
Alice Munro (1931)
Jean Kerr (1922)

July 11
Susan Bogert Warner (1819)
E.B. White (1899)
Harold Bloom (1930)
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (1938)

July 12
Henry David Thoreau (1817)
Pablo Neruda (1904)
Donald Westlake (1933)

July 13
Isaac Babel (1894)
Wole Soyinka (1934)

July 14
Irving Stone (1903)

July 15
Clement Clarke Moore (1779)
Iris Murdoch (1919)

July 16
Anita Brookner (1928)
Reinaldo Arenas (1943)

July 17
Erle Stanley Gardner (1889)
Christiane Rochefort (1917)

July 18
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811)
Nathalie Sarraute (1900)
Jessamyn West (1902)
Hunter S. Thompson (1937)

July 19
Alice Moore Dunbar Nelson (1875)
A.J. Cronin (1896)
Stephen Coonts (1946)
Jayne Anne Phillips (1952)

July 20
Cormac McCarthy (1933)
Henry L. Dumas (1934)

July 21
Ernest Hemingway (1899)
Marshall McLuhan (1911)
John Gardner (1933)
Tess Gallagher (1943)

July 22
Emma Lazarus (1849)
David Shields (1956)

July 23
Raymond Chandler (1888)
John Nichols (1940)

July 24
Alexandre Dumas (1802)
Zelda Fitzgerald (1900)
John D. MacDonald (1916)

July 25
Midge Decter (1927)
David Madden (1933)

July 26
George Bernard Shaw (1856)
Aldous Huxley (1894)
Lawrence Watt Evans (1954)

July 27
Hilaire Belloc (1870)
Elizabeth Hardwick (1916)

July 28
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844)
Beatrix Potter (1866)
Malcolm Lowry (1909)
John Ashbery (1927)
Shirley Ann Grau (1929)

July 29
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805)
Booth Tarkington (1869)
Stanley Kunitz (1905)
Chang-rae Lee (1965)

July 30
Emily Brontë (1818)
Archer Mayor (1950)

July 31
Brett Halliday (1904)
Primo Levi (1919)
Susan Cheever (1943)
Steven Womack (1952)
J.K. Rowling (1965)

Bicycle Library in Afghanistan

from Global Citizen

This bicycle library is raising literacy rates in Afghanistan

By Gina Darnaud  APRIL 27, 2016

Every weekend, the children in Afghanistan cannot wait to welcome the teacher Saber Hosseini!

In Afghanistan, access to education is obstructed by a lack of resources and this is especially true in rural areas where the nearest school may be hours away. Saber is trying to change this unfair reality with his “bicycle library” that offers  children in these communities the opportunity to access a world of knowledge.

Literacy is one of the most accurate measures for predicting a child’s future. Unfortunately, where a child grows up often decides her access to education.

Saber is a schoolteacher in Bamiyan, the capital of the Bamyan province in central Afghanistan, which is one of the most poorest provinces in one of the poorest countries. Its mountainous geography and barren land often make education inaccessible…but that doesn’t stop Saber!

#MyAfghanHero is Saber Hussaini, man who runs his own children’s mobile library for 5 #Bamiyan villages

Many schools were destroyed through the violence of the past several years and children from remote villages were often forced to drop out, reversing earlier educational progress that had been made.

Saber came up with the idea for a bicycle library six months ago. After conversations with friends in literary circles, Saber was able to raise enough money to purchase 200 books. Working with volunteers, Saber traveled to the Iran border to purchase most of the library’s books because the publication of books in Afghanistan is severely limited.

Now six months later, through the support of communities and people around the world, the library has grown to 3,500 books and Saber has even opened the first public library in Bamiyan.

The literacy rate is on track to rise again all because because of a library stationed in a box on one man’s bicycle.

In the beginning of the project, Saber admits that he and volunteers would choose simple books, but now many of the children are able to read more advanced ones. The library has become so popular that some of adults are even using the library service and checking out advanced level children’s books.

Each time he visits a community, Saber speaks to the children about an important topic. He most commonly speaks of peace, the dangers of drugs, and the need for tolerance between people with different beliefs or cultures.

One time, he spoke to children about guns, and used the slogan “say no to guns, say yes to books.” The next time he returned to the same village, the children collected all of their toy guns and handed them over to Saber. This was a heartwarming gesture, but the kids wanted to bargain: they would forfeit their guns if they could be the first village in the next round of book deliveries so that they could get the first pick.

Saber has brought joy to many communities, but there are costs to his endeavor. He has received many threats and many have opposed his caring works. Even still, Saber continues to make room for the opportunity to learn. A library is more than just a pile of books, it is also a community of individuals willing to learn and discuss and grow.

Saber makes this library possible with his little bike, but in Afghanistan a bike is actually commonly seen as a negative object. The Taliban used to use bicycles in their bombing techniques, but Saber is rehabilitating the image and reassociating it with practicality and fun.

“When I hand the books out to them, I can see their excitement and joy,” Hosseini said. “It is the joy of being able to learn. I am also inspired.”

The power of education is something we should hold on to just like Saber did and still does.

Watch Saber in action here:

12 More Book Dedications to Make You Smile

12 More Book Dedications to Make You Smile

by Kath      May 5, 2019      from For Reading Addicts

Previously, we brought you a blog of 10 book dedications that we thought you might like. They were pretty funny, touching, or witty. Today we’re following that up with 12 more book dedications, but this time we’ve gone for pure humour!

Here are 12 book dedications almost guaranteed to raise a chuckle or two, and the books they come from.

Enjoy!

From

No Way Back – Matthew Klein

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From

An Introduction to Algebraic Topology

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From

This Book is Full of Spiders

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From

Ruins

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From

You Might be a Zombie and Other Bad News

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From

Otherland #1

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This joke continues through the book series too

#2: This Book is dedicated to my father Joseph Hill Evans with love.
As I said before, Dad doesn’t read fiction. He still hasn’t noticed that this thing is dedicated to him. This is Volume Two—let’s see how many more until he catches on.

#3: This is still dedicated to you-know-who, even if he doesn’t.
Maybe we can keep this a secret all the way to the final volume.

#4: My father still hasn’t actually cracked any of the books—so, no, he still hasn’t noticed. I think I’m just going to have to tell him. Maybe I should break it to him gently.

#5: Everyone here who hasn’t had a book dedicated to them, take three steps forward. Whoops, Dad, hang on there for a second…

From

The Selection

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Ready Player One

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Psychos

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From

Lets Pretend this Never Happened

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A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch

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And a double whammy to finish from

This is Going To Hurt

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We hope you enjoyed those!