Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 25 May – John Gregory Dunne

John Gregory Dunne was born 25 May 1932 and died 30 December 2003 10 Quotes Writing is a manual labour of the mind: a job, like laying pipe. New York is at once cosmopolitan and parochial, a compendium of sentimental certainties. It is in fact the most…

Literary Birthday – 25 May – Madeleine Thien

Happy Birthday, Madeleine Thien, born 25 May 1974 Six Quotes I like to think of home as a verb, something we keep recreating. The only life that matters is in your mind. The only truth is the one that lives invisibly, that waits even after…

Literary Birthday – 25 May – Octavia Spencer

Happy Birthday, Octavia Spencer, born 25 May 1972 Five Quotes The way to bring about change is to be proactive and active. You just keep moving forward and doing what you do, and hope that it resonates with people. And if it doesn't, you just…

Literary Birthday – 25 May – W. P. Kinsella

W. P. Kinsella was born 25 May 1935  and died 16 September 2016 Nine Quotes Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get. I have no interest in non-fiction. I don't read it and don't watch it and don't write it, other than…

Literary Birthday – 25 May – Vera Nazarian

Happy Birthday, Vera Nazarian, born 25 May 1966 Nine Quotes Each letter of the alphabet is a steadfast loyal soldier in a great army of words, sentences, paragraphs, and stories. One letter falls, and the entire language falters. When you reach for the stars, you are…

Literary Birthday – 23 May – Jane Kenyon

Jane Kenyon was born 23 May 1947 and died 22 April 1995 Five Quotes A poet's job is to find a name for everything: to be a fearless finder of the names of things. Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed…

Literary Birthday – 22 May – Tansy Rayner Roberts

Happy Birthday, Tansy Rayner Roberts, born 22 May 1978 Four Quotes What do I want in a good fantasy book? Court politics and social interactions based around houses and cities. Powerful women and devious men. Drama and action with emotional ramifications. Frocks. Kissing. Swords. An…

Literary Birthday – 20 May – Mary Pope Osborne

Happy Birthday, Mary Pope Osborne, born 20 May 1949 10 Quotes With my writing, I can still play inside an enchanted castle or live inside an old fort. I can run from ghosts or ride dolphins any day of the week. I love teaching. It's a…

Literary Birthday – 19 May – Ruskin Bond

Happy Birthday, Ruskin Bond, born 19 May 1934 Nine Quotes All glory comes from daring to begin. Book readers are special people, and they will always turn to books as the ultimate pleasure. Those who do not read are the unfortunate ones. There's nothing wrong with…

Literary Birthday – 17 May – Grace Lin

Happy Birthday, Grace Lin, born 17 May 1974 Five Quotes Your imagination will create many friends. The early readers are in-between books for the kids who aren't ready for novels yet but are done with my picture books. It's really rewarding to think that they…
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