2020 writers' anniversaries
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2020-01-10 00:31:59 UTC
600th anniversary
Legend of Ko-Ai (aka Ko-Ngai - it's about the Great Bell of Beijing)

Oct: John Evelyn

July: Gilbert White

Mar: Friedrich Holderin
Apr: William Wordsworth
Aug: Georg W. Hegel
Dec: James Hogg

Jan: Anne Bronte
Feb: John Tenniel
Mar: Jean Ingelow
Mar: Anna Sewell
Apr: Alice Cary
Apr: Herbert Spencer
Sep: Lucretia Hale
Nov: Benjamin Perley Poore

150th publication anniversary
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

Feb: C.E. Brock
Mar: Frank Norris
Apr: Cecil Aldrin
July: Maxfield Parrish
July: Hilaire Belloc
Oct: Ivan Bunin
Oct: Charles Robinson
Dec: Saki

100th death anniversary
William Dean Howells

100th birth anniversary
Jan: Isaac Asimov
Jan: Philippa Pearce (1958 Carnegie Medalist: "Tom's Midnight Garden")
Feb: Ronald Searle (British cartoonist)
Mar: D.J. Enright (British poet/novelist)
Mar: Hank Ketcham ("Dennis the Menace" creator)
Mar: Sid Fleischman (1987 Newbery Medalist for "The Whipping Boy" & 1994 HCAA nominee)
Apr: Arthur Hailey (British-Canadian novelist)
Apr: Ruth Chew (fantasy writer: "The Wednesday Witch")
Apr: Edward Blishen (co-author of "The God Beneath the Sea" and 1970 Carnegie Medalist)
May: Richard Adams ("Watership Down")
June: Irving Howe (literary critic)
June: Dave Berg (MAD cartoonist)
July: Mircea Vasiliu (Romanian-born writer/illustrator)
Aug: P.D. James
Aug: Clifford B. Hicks ("The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald")
Aug: Ted Hughes
Aug: Christopher Milne
Aug: Ray Bradbury
Sep: Else Minarik (author of "Little Bear" series, with Maurice Sendak)
Sep: Jan Carew (Guyana-born novelist, playwright, poet & educator)
Oct: Mario Puzo ("The Godfather")
Oct: Gianni Rodari (Italian writer & 1970 HCAA Medalist)
Nov: Margaret Bloy Graham (illus. of "Harry the Dirty Dog")
Nov: Paul Celan (Romanian-born German poet)
Dec: Michael Brown (Broadway lyricist & author of "Santa Mouse")
Dec: Rosemary Sutcliff (1959 Carnegie Medalist & 1974 HCAA nominee)
Dec: John Langstaff (founder of The Christmas Revels & reteller of "St. George and the Dragon")

70th birth anniversaries:

Alan Betrock (post-March; date uncertain; author of "The I Was a Teenage Juvenile Delinquent Rock'N'Roll Horror Beach Party Movie Book: A Complete Guide to the Teen Exploitation Film, 1954-1969")
Dec: Marija Lucija Stupica (Slovene illustrator & 3-time HCAA nominee)

50th death anniversaries:

Apr: Gustaf Tenggren (Swedish-born illustrator of "The Poky Little Puppy" and chief illustrator for Disney's "Snow White")
June: Ruth Sawyer (author of "Roller Skates")
Oct: Feodor Rojankovsky (Russian-born illustrator & 1956 Caldecott Medalist: "Frog Went a-Courtin'," retold by John Langstaff)
Dec: Steele Savage (illustrator: Edith Hamilton's "Mythology")

That Derek
2020-01-10 01:01:18 UTC
Q: How to you introduce your pet buffalo to the illustrator of "Alice in Wonderland"?

A: "Bison, Tenniel."

It's really going to be a bicentennial for Sir John! Yowzah!