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August 2020 Notable Author: Francis E.W. Harper

“What matters it if they do forget the singer, so they don’t forget the song. – Frances E.W. Harper Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825–1911) was born free on September 24, 1825, in Baltimore, Maryland, became an orphan two years later, and was raised by her maternal aunt and...

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July 2020 Notable Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

“I was made for the library, not the classroom. The library was open, unending, free.” — Ta-Nehisi Coates Ta-Nehisi Coates was born in Baltimore, Maryland, grew up in the Mondawmin area, and graduated from Woodlawn High School. Coates' interest in books was instilled a...

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June 2020 Notable Author: Jeff Kinney

“I’ve never run into a person who yearns for their Middle School Days.”— Jeff Kinney Born (1971) and raised in Fort Washington, Maryland, Jeff Kinney graduated from Bishop McNamara High School and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. It was in college that...

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May 2020 Notable Author: Francis Scott Key

francis scott key, poetry “Then, in that hour of deliverance, my heart spoke. Does not such a country, and such defenders of their country, deserve a song?”— Francis Scott Key Francis Scott Key  (Aug 1, 1779 - Jan 11, 1843) Born in Frederick county, Maryland, Key, at ag...

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April 2020 Notable Author: James M. Cain, Roman Noir

James M. Cain Karlin, Roman Noir “I merely try to write as the character would write, and I never forget that the average man ... has acquired a vividness of speech that goes beyond anything I could invent.”  –  James M. Cain James M. Cain (July 1, 1892 – O...

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