My birthday falls in August so I confess to loving Leos of all descriptions. Just for fun I looked into some authors born in August for reading ideas!
What with the departure in July of the tall ships from Halifax Harbour, the very first name to jump out at me was Herman Melville, born on the first of August, 1819. Melville may be remembered for his consistently nautical themes, but his work doesn’t end with Moby Dick, or, the White Whale (1851). Melville also penned The Confidence-man: His Masquerade (1857), and his excellent short story, “Bartleby the Scrivener”, is contained in the 1952 Selected Writings of Herman Melville. So if Moby Dick seems too daunting, perhaps it’s worth trying something shorter as an entry point.
To jump to the middle of August birthdays I’m going to skip along to the 11th of the month (guess whose birthday that is!) and tell you that Alex Haley was also born on this day in 1921. Haley’s Pulitzer Prize Special Award-winning Roots (1976) tells the story of seven generations of black ancestors originating in Gambia and brought to America as slaves. Roots was based on Haley’s extensive research about his own family, and he started a second volume, Queen, about a different branch of his family, which was finished after his death and published in 1993.