September 30

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates (born September 30, 1975) U.S. essayist, novelist, journalist - Between the World and Me - 2015

Read about Ta-Nehisi Coates on his website

Watch Coates talk about his writing

Eileen Chang

Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing) (born September 30, 1920) Chinese/U.S. novelist, screenwriter - Half a Lifelong Romance (1950)

Read about Eileen Chang here

Watch Professor Dominic Cheung talk about Eileen Chang's writing and film work

Laura Esquivel

Laura Esquivel (born September 30, 1950) Mexican novelist, screenwriter – Like Water for Chocolate / Como Agua para Chocolate (novel and film – 1989, 1992)

Read about the background to Esquivel's novel
Like Water for Chocolate

Laura Esquivel talks about her inspiration for Like Water for Chocolate (Spanish language)

Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht (born September 30, 1985) Serbian-U.S. novelist - Inland (2019)

Read an interview where Obreht describes her novel Inland here

Téa Obreht reads from and discusses her novel Inland

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel (born September 30, 1928) Romanian/U.S. holocaust survivor, writer, Nobel Peace Prize winner (1986) – And the World Was Silent [aka Night ] (1955)

Elie Wiesel speaks about his writing and his purpose


Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (born September 30, 1207) Persian philosopher, poet, mystic – Dīwān-e Kabīr (Great Work)

Read more about Rumi here