Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 23 September – Justine Larbalestier

Happy Birthday, Justine Larbalestier, born 23 September 1967 Six Quotes Learn how to take criticism. If you want to be a professional writer you’re going to have to learn to take criticism and the sooner you start practising the better! Don’t be in too much of a…

Literary Birthday – 21 September – Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen was born 21 September 1934 and died 7 November 2016 Nine Quotes There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Children show…

Literary Birthday – 20 September – Charles Williams

Charles Williams was born 20 September 1886 and died 15 May 1945 Quotes An hour's conversation on literature between two ardent minds with a common devotion to a neglected poet is a miraculous road to intimacy. Nothing was certain, but everything was safe - that…
Rebecca Skloot

Literary Birthday – 19 September – Rebecca Skloot

Happy Birthday, Rebecca Skloot, born 19 September 1972 Seven Quotes I wake up at 5 a.m. (which sucks—I’m not a morning person), and stagger to a nearby coffee shop where I bury myself in my laptop with headphones on to write as long as I can…

Literary Birthday – 18 September – Lynn Abbey

Happy Birthday, Lynn Abbey, born 18 September 1948 10 Quotes Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down. A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific…

Literary Birthday – 17 September – Deena Metzger

Happy Birthday, Deena Metzger, born 17 September 1936 Nine Quotes There are mythic patterns under all of our lives. Each one of us, often unbeknownst to ourselves, is engaged in a drama of soul that is not reserved only for gods, heroes, and saints. Story is one…

Literary Birthday – 14 September – Eric Bentley

Happy Birthday, Eric Bentley, born 14 September 1916 Seven Quotes Ours is the age of substitutes: Instead of language we have jargon; instead of principles, slogans; and instead of genuine ideas, bright suggestions. Like dreams, farces show the disguised fulfilment of repressed wishes. If melodrama…

Literary Birthday – 13 September – E. Lockhart

Happy Birthday, E. Lockhart, born 13 September 1967 Quotes First person comes easily to me; I like experimenting with new voices. Switching to third person for Disreputable History was just a gut instinct, and I took some time at the beginning trying to find a…
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