I did my post-doctoral work at the world-famous hospital, St.
Families--the Gift That Keeps on Giving. Everybody else saves it for Turkey-and-Football-Thursday, but we Teaching Authors take the whole month to be thankful. Cutting to the chase, I am thankful for my family. Not just my husband and daughter and extremely needy dog. I am thankful for my extended family Me, my daughter and husband.
Benihana wouldn't let us bring the dog.
Whether it's luck or karma or whatever, my entire family are terrific storytellers. Not that any of them thought that of themselves. I beg to differ. It began with Mom. Not just the ones in books, but the ones Mom told about her childhood.
To an only child like me, living on a farm with seven siblings who lived to prank the neighbors sounded exotic. Mom, who was so self conscious about writing, she wrote rough drafts of letters to her family, was a hilariously uninhibited storyteller.
The first stories I ever wrote were based on Mom's childhood. She hooked me on writing and family stories. My grandfather is behind Jim, the other adults are the parents of the boy in front. Mom's youngest sibling was my favorite aunt, who had a unique perspective on the family.
Born when my grandmother was 45, unimaginable in the 'sshe was the only child at home during WWII. My mother and her brothers were in the service, one sister married, the other two working and rarely home.
The stories she told me were ones my mother never knew. Her sweet, gentle remembrances of the Pittsburgh homefront formed the core of Jimmy's Stars. My aunts and uncles could tell me a story I had heard from Mom, but each had a totally different take it on it.Sometimes you just want to be a kid again.
These literary luminaries quietly tried their hands at writing children’s stories.
(Caution: spoilers!). "No kind of writing lodges itself so deeply in our memory," writes William Zinsser in his introduction to Worlds of Childhood, "as the books that we met in our childhood."Reproduced here are essays by six celebrated children's book authors that came into being as a series of talks at the New York Public Library in Authors Tony award-winning U.S.
playwright Neil Simon dies at 91 Reuters. Simon's plays made him a wealthy man and many were turned into films, which made him even wealthier and earned him four. These writers are notable authors of children's literature with some of their most famous works.
Adolph Saphir ( - ) was a Hungarian Christian who was born into a Jewish family. He and his family were converted in when the Scottish Free Church sent missionaries to the Jews in Hungary. After completing his studies in , Saphir served in the Irish Presbyterian Church as a.
“Writing is the dragon that lives underneath my floorboards. The one I incessantly feed for fear it may turn and devour my ass. Writing is the friend who doesn't return my phone calls; the itch I'm unable to scratch; a dinner invitation from a cannibal; elevator music for a narcoleptic.