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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Author birthdays: March 12 & 13

March 12 was a huge day for author birthdays. Those sharing a birthday include: Jack Keroac, Virginia Hamilton, Sandra Brown, Harry Harrison, Carl Hiaasen, John Aubrey, and Edward Albee.

Edward Albee has been a popular one in local theaters of late. In the past few years, local groups have done Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Seascape, Three Tall Women, and The Goat--or Who is Sylvia. I saw Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf the same weekend that I saw a version of Closer by Patrick Marber. Talk about a combination that will make you grateful for the relationships that you're in!

I will soon have to get profiles up for Virginia Hamilton and Carl Hiaasen, especially the latter since his book, Hoot, has been made into a movie that will be released later this year.

March 13 has several author birthdays as well: Diane Dillon, Ellen Raskin, Thomas Rockwell, Bill Ballinger, and L. Ron Hubbard.

Ellen Raskin wrote one of my favorite childhood books: The Westing Game. I recently picked up one of her other novels, Figgs and Phantoms, but it dragged and I didn't get past the first couple of chapters before I forgot about it and moved on to another book.

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