Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 16 November – Jean Fritz

Jean Fritz was born 16 November 1915 and died 14 May 2017 Quotes When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day. My interest in writing about American history stemmed originally, I think, from a subconscious desire to find roots — I felt…

Literary Birthday – 15 November – Carole Nelson Douglas

Happy Birthday, Carole Nelson Douglas, born 15 November 1944 Quotes Never argue with a librarian; they know too much. A story is its own magical form of transport and it will accept aboard as many weary, tired, or hurting passengers as care to book passage. Winning…
Jack Ketchum

Literary Birthday – 10 November – Jack Ketchum

Jack Ketchum was born 10 November 1946 and died 24 January 2018 Quotes I begin with theme and character, not story. In fact very often the characters create the exact nature of the story as it goes along, and sometimes they surprise me. That’s part…

Literary Birthday – 9 November – Roger McGough

Happy Birthday, Roger McGough, born 9 November 1937 Quotes I started writing poems at university and found a voice; a person within myself. I knew I would write poetry for the rest of my life. If I decide to be indecisive, that’s my decision. I…

Literary Birthday – 9 November – Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan was born 9 November 1934 and died 20 December 1996 Quotes Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1 000 years. To read is to…
Samantha Shannon

Literary Birthday – 8 November – Samantha Shannon

Happy Birthday, Samantha Shannon, born 8 November 1991 Quotes Some writers start from the beginning of the story, some from the end, some from a random point in the middle. What matters is that they start somewhere. I tend to write slowly but solidly until…

Literary Birthday – 5 November – Richard Holmes

Happy Birthday, Richard Holmes, born 5 November 1945 Quotes If you are only a scholar your story will be dead, but if you are only a storyteller then it will be ludicrous. That’s partly the biographer’s job, I think, to give someone a fair hearing,…

Literary Birthday – 5 November – Joyce Maynard

Happy Birthday, Joyce Maynard, born 5 November 1953 Quotes I do not outline. There are writers I know and count as my friends who certainly do it the other way, but for me, part of the adventure is not knowing how it's going to turn…

Literary Birthday – 4 November – Stephen Jones

Happy Birthday, Stephen Jones, born 4 November 1953 Quotes Just because everybody uses language, that doesn't mean that they can write even tolerable prose. I have to come up with a concept, sell that to a publisher, and then approach those authors who I think…
John L'Heureux

Literary Birthday – 26 October – John L’Heureux

Happy Birthday, John L'Heureux, born 26 October 1934 Quotes I try to explore the shape of mystery that lies behind the few things I know. (via) Young writers often confuse dialogue with conversation, under the assumption that the closer you get to reality, the more…
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