Anthony Burgess

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.Anthony Burgess was a British novelist, critic and composer. He was also a librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist and educationalist. Born in Manchester, he lived for long periods in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England. His fiction includes the Malayan trilogy (The Long Day Wanes) on the dying days of Britain’s empire in the East; the Enderby quartet of novels about a poet and his muse; Nothing Like the Sun, a recreation of Shakespeare’s love-life; A Clockwork Orange, an exploration of the nature of evil; and Earthly Powers, a panoramic saga of the 20th century. He published studies of Joyce, Hemingway,

Shakespeare and Lawrence, produced the treatises on linguistics Language Made Plain and A Mouthful of Air, and was a prolific journalist, writing in several languages. He translated and adapted Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus the King, and Carmen for the stage; scripted Jesus of Nazareth and Moses the Lawgiver for the screen; invented the prehistoric language spoken in Quest for Fire; and composed the Sinfoni Melayu, the Symphony (No. 3) in C, and the opera Blooms of Dublin.-Wikipedia

Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane (1967) and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), both out of print. In the book Kinsey and Me she gave us stories that revealed Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past.Grafton never wanted her novels to be turned into movies or TV shows. According to her family she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of these things, and out of respect for Sue’s wishes, the family announced the alphabet now ends at “Y” Grafton was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of

America and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, three Shamus Awards, and many other honors and awards.Grafton had three children from previous marriages and several grandchildren, including a granddaughter named Kinsey. She and her husband lived in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.

Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat is a Scottish television writer and producer.Moffat’s first television work was the teen drama series Press Gang. His first sitcom, Joking Apart, was inspired by the breakdown of his first marriage; conversely, his later sitcom Coupling was based upon the development of his relationship with television producer Sue Vertue. In between the two relationship-centred shows, he wrote Chalk, a sitcom set in a comprehensive school inspired by his own experience as an English teacher.A lifelong fan of Doctor Who, Moffat has written several episodes of the revived version and succeeded Russell T Davies as lead writer and executive producer when production of its fifth series began in 2009.[3] In 2008 he scripted the first The Adventures of Tintin film for director Steven Spielberg.

He co-created Sherlock, an adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories.Many of the programmes upon which he has worked have won awards, including BAFTAs and Hugo Awards for some of his episodes of Doctor Who.

John Henry Newman

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman was an important figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century. He was known nationally by the mid-1830s.Originally an evangelical Oxford University academic and priest in the Church of England, Newman then became drawn to the high-church tradition of Anglicanism. He became known as a leader of, and an able polemicist for, the Oxford Movement, an influential and controversial grouping of Anglicans who wished to return to the Church of England many Catholic beliefs and liturgical rituals from before the English Reformation. In this the movement had some success. However, in 1845 Newman, joined by some but not all of his followers, left the Church of England and his teaching post at Oxford University and was received into the Catholic

Church. He was quickly ordained as a priest and continued as an influential religious leader, based in Birmingham. In 1879, he was created a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII in recognition of his services to the cause of the Catholic Church in England. He was instrumental in the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland, which evolved into University College Dublin, today the largest university in Ireland.Newman’s beatification was officially proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 September 2010 during his visit to the United Kingdom. His canonisation is dependent on the documentation of additional miracles attributed to his intercession.Newman was also a literary figure of note: his major writings including the Tracts for the Times (1833–1841), his autobiography Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1865–66), the Grammar of Assent (1870), and the poem The Dream of Gerontius (1865),[6] which was set to music in 1900 by Edward Elgar. He wrote the popular hymns “Lead, Kindly Light” and “Praise to the Holiest in the Height” (taken from Gerontius).

Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien matriculated at Macalester College. Graduation in 1968 found him with a BA in political science and a draft notice.O’Brien was against the war but reported for service and was sent to Vietnam with what has been called the “unlucky” Americal division due to its involvement in the My Lai massacre in 1968, an event which figures prominently in In the Lake of the Woods. He was assigned to 3rd Platoon, A Company, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry, as an infantry foot soldier. O’Brien’s tour of duty was 1969-70.After Vietnam he became a graduate student at Harvard. No doubt he was one of very few Vietnam veterans there at that time, much less Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) holders. Having the opportunity to do an internship at the Washington Post, he eventually left Harvard to become

a newspaper reporter. O’Brien’s career as a reporter gave way to his fiction writing after publication of his memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Send Me Home.Tim O’Brien is now a visiting professor and endowed chair at Texas State University – San Marcos (formerly Southwest Texas State University) where he teaches in the Creative Writing Program.

Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai is an Indian author who is a citizen of India and a permanent resident of the United States. She is the daughter of the noted author Anita Desai.Desai’s first novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (1998), gained accolades from notable figures including Salman Rushdie, and went on to receive the Betty Trask Award. Her second novel, The Inheritance of Loss (2006), won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award.

أحمد خالد توفيق

See Ahmed Khaled Towfik.Arabic Name: أحمد خالد توفيقFinnish Transliteration: Ahmed Khaled Tawfiqأحمد خالد توفيق فراج (10 يونيو 1962 – 2 أبريل 2018)طبيب وأديب مصري، ويعتبر أول كاتب عربي في مجال أدب الرعب و الأشهر في مجال أدب الشباب والفانتازيا والخيال العلمي ويلقب بالعراب.ولد بمدينة طنطا عاصمة محافظة الغربية فى اليوم العاشر من شهر يونيو عام 1962، وتخرج من كلية الطب عام 1985، كما حصل على الدكتوراة فى طب المناطق الحارة عام 1997. متزوج من د. منال أخصائية صدر في كلية طب طنطا – وهي من المنوفية – ولديه من الأبناء (محمد) و(مريم).بدأ أحمد خالد العمل فى المؤسسة العربية الحديثة عام 1992 ككاتب رعب لسلسلة (ما وراء الطبيعة) حيث تقدم بأولى رواياته (أسطورة مصاص الدماء) ولم تلق في البدء قبولاً في المؤسسة. حيث نصحه أحد المسئولين هناك في المؤسسة أن يدعه من ذلك ويكتب (بوليسي) وأنه لابد له فعلاً أن يكتب

(بوليصي) – كما نطقها – لكن مسئول آخر هناك هو أحمد المقدم اقتنع بالفكرة التي تقتضي بأن أدب الرعب ليس منتشراً وقد ينجح لأنه لونٌ جديد .. ورتب له مقابلة مع الأستاذ حمدي مصطفى مدير المؤسسة الذي قابله ببشاشة، وأخبره أنه سيكوّن لجنة لتدرس قصته. وانتظر أحمد اللجنة التي أخرجت تقريرها كالآتي: أسلوب ركيك، ومفكك، وتنقصه الحبكة الروائية، بالإضافة إلى غموض فكرة الرواية و .. و .. و أصيب بالطبع بإحباط شديد .. ولكن حمدي مصطفى أخبره أنه سيعرض القصة على لجنة أخرى وتم هذا بالفعل لتظهر النتيجة: الأسلوب ممتاز، ومترابط، به حبكة روائية، فكرة القصة واضحة، وبها إثارة وتشويق إمضاء: د. نبيل فاروق، ويقول الدكتور احمد أنه لن ينسى لنبيل أنه كان سبباً مباشراً في دخوله المؤسسة وإلا فإن د. أحمد كان بالتأكيد سيستمر في الكتابة لمدة عام آخر ثم ينسى الموضوع برمته نهائياً، لهذا فإنه يحفظ هذا الجميل لنبيل فاروق.يعدّ د. أحمد من الكتاب العرب النادرين الذين يكتبون في هذا المجال بمثل هذا التخصص – إن لم يكن أولهم – ( ما وراء الطبيعة ) .. تلك السلسلة التي عشقناها جميعاً ببطلها (رفعت إسماعيل) الساخر العجوز، والذى أظهر لنا د. (أحمد) عن طريقه مدى اعتزازه بعروبته، ومدى تدينه وإلتزامه وعبقريته أيضاً، بعد ذلك أخرج لنا د. (أحمد ) سلسلة (فانتازيا) الرائعة ببطلتها (عبير)، وهذه بينت لنا كم أن د. (أحمد خيالي يكره الواقع. تلتهما سلسلة (سافاري) ببطلها علاء عبد العظيم، وعرفنا من خلال تلك السلسلة المتميزة مدى حب أحمد لمهنته كطبيب، ومدى عشقه وولعه بها.له العديد من الكتب مع دار لـيلـى(كيان كورب) للنشر والتوزيع والطباعة ترجم العشرات من الروايات الأجنبية هذا بالإضافة إلى بعض الإصدارات على الشبكة العنكبوتية. انضم في نوفمبر 2004 إلى مجلة الشباب ليكتب فيها قصصاً في صفحة ثابتة له تحت عنوان (الآن نفتح الصندوق)، كما كتب في العديد من الإصدارات الدورية كمجلة الفن السابع.تُوفي في 2 أبريل 2018 عن عمر يناهز 55 عامًا.

Agostinho da Silva

Portuguese philosopher, essayist and writer. His thought combines elements of pantheism and millenarism, an ethic of renunciation (like in Buddhism or Franciscanism), and a belief in freedom as the most important feature of man. Anti-dogmatic, he asserts that truth is only found in the sum of all conflicting hypothesis (in paradox). He may be considered a practical philosopher, living and working for a change in society, according to his beliefs.He is part of a tradition of visionary thought that includes Father António Vieira and the poets Luís de Camões and Fernando Pessoa. Like Joachim de Fiore, he speaks of the coming of one (last?) age in History, the Age of the Holy Spirit, in which mankind and society attain perfection. To Agostinho da Silva, this means the absence of economy,

brought about by technological evolution, and the absence of government. It also means that the nature of mankind and the nature of God will become the same. In this sense his philosophy is both an eschatology and an utopy.

Mary Stewart

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. See this thread for more information. Lady Mary Stewart, born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow, was a popular English novelist, and taught at the school of John Norquay elementary for 30 to 35 years.She was one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she was admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels. Born in England, she lived for many years in Scotland, spending time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands.Her unofficial fan site can be found at http://marystewartnovels.blogspot.com/.

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, philosopher, humanitarian and devout Catholic; she is best known for her philosophy and the Montessori method of education of children from birth to adolescence. Her educational method is in use today in a number of public as well as private schools throughout the world.