Friday, September 7
Book-Loop turns 100. Happy Birthday! This is rarefied air in the literary community. Among the dead only Kathleen Hale, author of Orlando the Marmalade Cat and Stanley Kunitz, former Poet Laureate of the United States, have reached the century mark. Phyllis A. Whitney, whose works include Red Is for Murder and The Mystery of the Gulls, forges on at 104. Remarkably her birthday is today. Studs Terkel, a notable Chicagoan and oral historian, is 95. Herman Wouk, author of The Winds of War, is 92. Beverly Cleary, whose Ramona books my mother used to read aloud to me before I went to bed, is 91.