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Poems and Fragments | Sappho Sappho
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Today‘s author spotlight: Sappho! She is a poet from Greece‘s Archaic period (750-490 BC). She hailed from Lesbos and was exiled to Sicily at one point. She was extremely prolific, esteemed, and influential, writing over 10,000 lines of poetry, mostly lost, and named “The Tenth Muse” and “The Poetess”. The words sapphic and lesbian come from her and her island in regards to her well-known romantic love for women. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Gina WoW thank you for the bit of knowledge♡ 2y
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Today‘s spotlight is on Kōbō Abe, pen name of Kimifusa Abe! He‘s often been compared to Franz Kafka and Alberto Moravia for his surreal and nightmarish takes on contemporary society. He was born in Tokyo in 1924 and died there in 1993 at 68. His childhood was spent in Manchuria. He was deeply into the arts, and married an artist & fellow playwright. He was expelled from the Japanese Communist Party. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

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A Raisin in the Sun | Lorraine Hansberry
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Today‘s author spotlight: Lorraine Hansberry! Born in Chicago in 1930, she passed away from cancer in NYC at 34. The tagged play made her the first African-American playwright on Broadway; she became the youngest one and only fifth woman to win the prestigious NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. She inspired Nina Simone‘s “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”. James Baldwin set up a meeting between her & RFK. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Hooked_on_books I played Taboo once and was partnered with someone I didn‘t know. The word I had to get him to say was “raisin.” So I said, “a blank in the sun” and he got it immediately. The other team was perplexed and clearly not bookish. So glad I had a bookish partner! 3y
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Today‘s author spotlight: Liane Moriarty! The 53-year-old was born in Sydney, Australia. She lives there with her husband, a former farmer, and 2 kids. Her younger sister, Jaclyn, is also an author. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a freelance copywriter. She‘s the first Australian author to top the NYT bestseller list, with the tagged book. She never re-reads her own books after writing them. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

LeeRHarry Nicola, her other sister, is also an author - talented family! 😊 3y
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The Pale King | David Foster Wallace
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Today‘s author spotlight: David Foster Wallace! Born in Ithaca, NY, he died in 2008 at 46 in Claremont, CA, from suicide after struggling with depression 😔. He was the first Roy E. Disney English and creative writing professor at Pomona College. He received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer, and TIME ranked “Infinite Jest” as one of the
English language‘s 100 best novels between 1923 and 2005. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Leftcoastzen 👍🙌😢 3y
wordslinger42 I've read Infinite Jest! It was really hard to get through! So heartbreaking that he took his life 💔 3y
ljuliel Doggone , I totally missed this post. I like seeing what the authors look like. Putting a name to a book , so to speak. Very sad 😢 (edited) 3y
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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | Stephen King
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Today‘s author spotlight: Stephen (Edwin) King! The 72-year-old was born in Portland, Maine. He and his brother were raised by their single mother. He has been dubbed the King of Horror. He has written over 65 books and 200 short stories. His wife of 48 years, Tabitha, and two sons, Joe Hill and Owen, have also written books. He has a daughter, Naomi, who is a Unitarian minister and gay rights advocate. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Aimeesue Our (UU) minister quoted a piece from Naomi King … the Sunday before Halloween. Cuz we UUs like to amuse ourselves. 😂 (edited) 3y
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Middlemarch | George Elliot
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Today‘s author spotlight: George Eliot! George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, circumventing the stereotype of women writing only light romances. Born in England in 1819, she died at 61 in London. She is considered one of Victorian Literature‘s titans. She wrote 7 novels, known for their realism; some consider Middlemarch the English language‘s greatest novel! She‘s buried at London‘s Highgate Cemetery. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

LibrarianRyan I like Silas Marner much more than Middle March 3y
Leftcoastzen Yay ,George! 3y
Moonprismpower @LibrarianRyan I read Silas Marner and has high hopes but found I didn‘t care for it. I read it as an adult having as a child watched a Steve Martin movie based on the story. What part did you like best? 3y
LibrarianRyan @Moonprismpower I had not seen the movie before I read the book but it is cute. I really loved this curmudgeon of a old man taking in a baby and raising it. He hates everything but this little melts his heat and he gets to feel love and the loss of love. 3y
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Today‘s author spotlight: Robert Louis Stevenson! Born today in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1850, he died at 44. He married in San Francisco & had no children together. He was good friends with Hawaii‘s King Kalākaua. He was a much-loved advocate of the Samoan people, & his adopted Samoan name was Tusitala, or “Teller of Tales”. They buried him atop Mt. Vaea. He was excluded from literary canon until recent decades. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

LapReader If you are ever in Samoa go visit his house and lush gardens. It‘s stunning and the Samoan guide is so informative and sings a song about him unaccompanied by anything and it‘s very stirring. Would have liked to hike to his grave but we had the kids with us and we don‘t think they would have made it. I‘ll post some pics later and tag you. 3y
MrBook @LapReader Very cool! Please do! 3y
MrsMalaprop That‘s very cool @LapReader 👏. Would you recommend a trip to Samoa, RLS aside? 3y
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LapReader Yes @MrsMalaprop it‘s a bright and friendly country. You are forced to relax because everything eventually gets done but at a very slow pace. Our kids got to play with and eat like local kids and we all loved the warm water. The ‘Bali belly‘ not so much. 3y
Leftcoastzen Love this photo of RLS! 3y
Andrew65 A true classic author! 3y
JazzFeathers One of my favourite authors 😍 l often wonder what business did Stevenson have living in the 1800s. He's such a modern author. 3y
JazzFeathers @Leftcoastzen It is a lovely photo. So modern. Like him. 3y
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Two Lives | Vikram Seth
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Today‘s author spotlight: Vikram Seth! The 67-year-old was born in Calcutta, India. He studied at Oxford & Stanford. He was commissioned by the English National Opera to write a Greek myth-based libretto, which was first performed in 1994. He received a Q9.4 mil advance for his novel “Two Lives”, far more than the 6a8,000 for “A Suitable Boy”. He lives in poet George Herbert‘s former home. He is gay & an activist. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Amiable LOVED “A Suitable Boy.“ Have been awaiting a sequel! 3y
ljuliel Holy Smokes ! That‘s a lot of money for one book. I know nothing about what authors make, so maybe lots of them get million dollar deals ? 3y
BookFreakOut @ljuliel Based on some discussion I've seen (among YA authors) a more typical advance would be $5000-15,000/book for a debut, the splashy bug deals are uncommon but often more visible. 3y
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BookFreakOut @ljuliel *big deals, can't type today! And I believe advances are typically split into 3 payments: contract signed, book delivered, book published. Minus agent percentage if applicable and taxes each time, many say it's hard to quit the day job because the payments are infrequent and you never know what kind of advance the next book might get. 3y
ljuliel Thanks for the info @BookFreakOut . I guess I‘ve never heard anything about dollar amounts. I suppose it‘d depend on the author, how popular, etc. like Stephen King probably gets millions for every book .. it‘d be a great job if you could break through with a bestseller , but hard if you kept writing and never hit it big. 3y
ValerieAndBooks A Suitable Boy is one of my favorites and have been long awaiting the sequel! @ljuliel @BookFreakOut I actually just finished reading a book that covers writers and money and things like how advances work! Very interesting. 3y
ljuliel Thanks. I just put it in my reminder area. @ValerieAndBooks 3y
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Today‘s author spotlight: Franz Kafka! Born in Prague in 1883, he died at 40 in Austria from tuberculosis. His body of work is so influential, that the term “Kafkaesque” has been coined to describe surreal, disorienting complexity. Though engaged several times, he never married. He wrote in his spare time while working in insurance. Much of his work was published posthumously rather than being burned as he wanted. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

wanderinglynn Can you imagine if they had respected his wishes & burned his work? 😱 3y
Lcsmcat Thanks to him, my husband names every cockroach he finds in the garage Gregor. 3y
MrBook @wanderinglynn Thank goodness they didn‘t! @Lcsmcat 😂👏🏻 3y
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