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October 6 PEN, Djaout, Saro-Wiwa [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1921 the first branch of PEN, the now worldwide writers' organization, was founded. Their campaign for freedom of expression is inspired by these lines from the assassinated Algerian writer, Tahar Djaout:
    Silence is death. / If you are silent you are dead, / And if you speak you are dead, / So speak and die.
October 5 Singer's Yiddish Folly [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1978 the Polish-American writer Isaac Bashevis Singer was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Singer emigrated from Poland in 1935, but he continued to write mostly in Yiddish, on a forty-three-year-old Yiddish typewriter, of a culture which "sneaks by, smuggles itself amid the powers of destruction, knowing somewhere that God's plan for Creation is still at the very beginning...."
October 4 Tyndale, Thomas More & the Bible [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1535 the first complete English Bible was printed, using translations by William Tyndale and his disciple, Miles Coverdale. Only Coverdale saw the first copies roll off the press in Europe: having been run to ground by those who opposed his Bible and his example, Tyndale was in confinement, on his way to the sort of death he had long expected and resourcefully dodged for over a decade.

October 22, 2017
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