Thursday, January 17, 2013

Welcome to another Thursday edition of the Village Book Shop blog. We hope you are all enjoying your 2013 so far and have plenty to read.

Some of the writers born on this date include:

Robert Fludd (1574), Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600), Mrs. Henry Wood (1814), Tomás Carrasquilla (1858), Nicolae Iorga (1871), May Gibbs (1877), Harry Price (1881), Ronald Firbank (1886), Nevil Shute (1899), Nâzım Hikmet (1902), Jan Zahradníček (1905), William Stafford (1914), Betty White (1922), Robert Cormier (1925), John Bellairs (1938), Javed Akhtar (1945), Jim Ladd (1948), Luis López Nieves (1950), Ann Nocenti (1957), Brian Helgeland (1961), Sebastian Junger (1962), Wendy Mass (1967), and Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (1968).

A few other notable births on this day include:

Benjamin Franklin was born on this day in 1706. Benjamin Franklin was the most famous American in his day. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a noted polymath, being an author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. His inventions include the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He facilitated many civic organizations, including a fire department and a university.

The American illustrator, A.B. Frost was born on this day in 1851. He is considered one of the great illustrators in the “Golden Age of American Illustration”. Frost illustrated over 90 books and produced hundreds of paintings; in addition to his work in illustrations, he is renowned for realistic hunting and shooting prints.

The favmous American gangster, Al Capone, was born on this day in 1899.

Also born on this date was the English cosmetologist, Vidal Sassoon. He passed away this past May at the age of 84.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., of the well known political Kennedy family was born on this date in 1954.

Our current First Lady,  Michelle Obama, wife of President Barrack Obama, was born on this day in 1964.

Today is the 109th anniversary of the premiere performance in 1904 of Anton Checkov‘s The Cherry Orchard at the Moscow Art Theater.

the cay cover

Today’s highlighted title is “The Cay” by Theodore Taylor.  This classic is often a required reading assignment for school students. It is meant for ages 12 and up and is about 144 pages long. We have new mass market paperback size copies of this book for only $4.99 in our Amazon storefront. Amazon has the following to describe the story:

Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been a game to him, and he’s eager to glimpse it firsthand–until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed.
When Phillip comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Besides Stew Cat, his only companion is an old West Indian, Timothy. Phillip remembers his mother’s warning about black people: “They are different, and they live differently.”
But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillip’s head injury has made him blind and dependent on Timothy.
Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.

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