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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Oct 27th

Born this day in 1940, Maxine Hong Kingston, author and is currently Professor Emeritus
at University of California. A Chinese American writer, awarded the National Book Critics
Award for Nonfiction in 1976 for "The Woman Warrior". Arrested in 2003, for crossing a police line while protesting the Iraq War in Washington,D.C. Her latest book, "The Fifth Book of Peace". I recommend reading and watching Bill Moyer's 2007 PBS interview with Ms. Kingston. For the past 15 years Kingston has been working with veterans of WW II, Vietnam and Iraq wars to help them overcome the horrors of war. http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/05252007/profile.html
I must add another book to Ms. Kingston's credit, Maxine Hong Kingston's Broken Book of Life: An Intertextual Study of the Woman Warrior and China Men (Hardcover)released Nov. 3rd, 2011.

Born this day in 1872, Emily Post, known for her writings on social manners. Ms. Post's first book published in 1922 ""Etiquette, in Society, in Business in Politics, and at Home."
It was a best seller in 1922 and continues to be as popular today as it was in 1922. In 1931, Ms. Post aired her opinions on her own radio show. Also 1931, Ms. Post began her newspaper column. In 1946, Ms. Post created "The Emily Post Institute." The current spokes woman is Ms. Peggy Post, Emily Post's great-grand-daughter-in-law.