Posted on February 11, 2024 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of February 11, 2024.

Judy Blume (February 12, 1938): Blume’s books for kids (such as the Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing series), teens (like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Tiger Eyes; and Deenie), and adults (including Summer Sisters and In the Unlikely Event) have sold over 85 million copies in over thirty languages.

Georges Simenon (February 13, 1903): Simenon is among the most widely published authors of the twentieth century, releasing over eighty books starring Inspector Maigret and 130-plus other psychological novels. 

Frederick Douglass (February 14, 1817): Douglass wrote his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, to counter claims that he was too articulate a speaker to have ever been a slave; he followed up this literary success by founding his own anti-slavery newspaper.

Margaret Truman (February 17, 1924): Truman wrote an autobiography, biographies of her parents (President Harry and Bess Truman), and the bestselling Capital Crimes mystery series.

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