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Oct 18 2007

Happy Birthday to…

by Jimmy L

Terry McMillan
, author of Waiting to Exhale, Disappearing Acts, The Interruption of Everything, and much more, was born 56 years ago today in Port Huron Michigan.  She currently lives in northern California with her family. Read an interview with McMillan, or visit her homepage.

Ntozake Shange
was also born on this day 59 years ago in Trenton, New Jersey.  Born Paulette Williams, she changed her name to Ntozake which means “she who comes with her own things” and Shange which means “who walks like a lion”.  Even at an early age, she was an avid reader of great writers including Jean Genet, Herman Melville, and Langston HughesIn 1975, Shange moved to New York City, where she wrote her first and most well-known play, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.  From off-Broadway to Broadway, the play was a hit and won many awards.  She has since written more plays, poetry (From Okra to Greens) and novels (Liliane: resurrection of the daughter, If I can cook/you know God can).  To see a complete list of her books available at the library, click here.


Other people born today include: musician Chuck Berry, German actor Klaus Kinski, Vietnamese writer Bảo Ninh and American writer Rick Moody.

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