Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy International Fetish Day.

Some of the writers born today include:

Antoine Houdar de la Motte (1672), Henry Austin Dobson (1840), Ioan Slavici (1848), Rubén Darío (1867), A. A. Milne (1882), Clara Nordström (1886), C.M. Eddy, Jr. (1986), Jacob Bronowski (1908), José María Arguedas (1911), Arno Schmidt (1914), Vitomil Zupan (1914), Robert Anton Wilson (1932), Raymond Briggs (1934), Jon Stallworthy (1935), Denise Bombardier (1941), and Dave Attell (1965).

On this day in 1778 James Cook became the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands. He named them the “Sandwich Islands.”

On January 18, 1943 the first uprising of Jews happened in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Sixty-nine years ago today there was a jazz concert hosted at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City for the first time. They had some well known names playing at that concert, such as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge, and Jack Teagarden.

Today marks the anniversary of the death of John Tyler. He was the tenth President of the United States and died on this day in 1862 at the age of 72.

Today also marks the anniversary of Rudyard Kipling‘s passing. The British writer and Nobel laureate died on this day in 1936. He was best known for tales and poems of British soldiers in India and his tales for children, including The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, and Kim.

house on mango street

Today’s highlighted title is The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. This book is a classic and required reading for some students. The book is 110 pages long and available New from Village Book Shop via our Amazon store for $6.78.  Amazon gives the following description of the book:

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.
Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

And it is “Help Us Friday”. The volunteer who works mostly from home doing the blog, facebook, the website, and some of the other tasks involved in keeping the business going is looking for assistance. If you are interested in offering help or suggestions to the novice writer/webmaster please contact us either by emailing villagebookshop1@gmail.com or contacting us via our facebook page. -Skybluefusion

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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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