Lest we forget, September is Roald Dahl month.
My first encounter with the master occurred in the mid 1990's. Penguin at the time published a number of pocket sized collections of short stories and poems called Penguin 60's,to celebrate their 60th anniversary. On a whim, I picked up Dahl, Barrie, Marquez, and Thoreau. I'd never heard of Dahl before then.
As I recall my first thought was what kind of name was Roald? The back cover said "Roald Dahl was born in Glamorgan in 1916 of Norwegian parents." Glamorgan didn't offer me many clues at the time.
My find, "Lamb to the Slaughter" is a collection of macabre short stories. My mother when she saw it asked why I didn't read his children's works? You know, James and Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Twits?
I did and was hooked, and have been ever since.
The Roald Dahl Museum has proclaimed September Roald Dahl month,to be celebrated by extensive readings of Dahl's books.
If you happen to be near London, next Sunday, September 12th, the museum has many special events to celebrate Dahl Day. (Dalh's bd is the 13th)
At least, click on the link on the first line. Someone has built an incredibly entertaining web site.
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