Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 17 January – Suzanne Berne

Happy Birthday, Suzanne Berne, born 17 January 1961 Five Quotes In my experience, people's sorrows are always in danger of bursting out; it's only through careful inattention that they can be contained. 'Where do you get your ideas?' people are always asking authors they admire,…

Literary Birthday – 16 January – Craig Johnson

Happy Birthday, Craig Johnson, born 16 January 1961 Quotes I also enjoy the mechanics of writing, rolling up your sleeves in the face of that empty, blank page and getting started, following through with a story and seeing where it takes you. As a writer,…

Literary Birthday – 15 January – Jenny Nimmo

Happy Birthday, Jenny Nimmo, born 15 January 1944 Quotes There's nothing like the peace of the countryside, the quiet and the lack of distraction. It helps you to focus your mind. I've read up on magic, and I think it sets you free, and it…

Literary Birthday – 14 January – Emily Hahn

Emily Hahn was born 14 January 1905 and died 18 February 1997 Quotes I have deliberately chosen the uncertain path whenever I had the choice . . . A more important freedom was that which made it possible to travel Nobody said not to go.…

Literary Birthday – 13 January – Michael Bond

Michael Bond was born 13 January 1926 and died 27 June 2017 Five Quotes The great advantage of having a bear as a central character is that he can combine the innocence of a child with the sophistication of an adult. I could have pasted…

Literary Birthday – 12 January – William Nicholson

Happy Birthday, William Nicholson, born 12 January 1948 Quotes My main driving force in writing novels has been to approach the truth of how people are, how they behave and what they feel. As I had CS Lewis say in Shadowlands, 'We read to know we're…

Literary Birthday – 9 January – Joseph Epstein

Happy Birthday, Joseph Epstein, born 9 January 1937 10 Quotes For me writing is foremost a mode of thinking and when it works well, an act of discovery We use books like mirrors, gazing into them only to discover ourselves. I was recently asked what…

Literary Birthday – 9 January – Keith Gessen

Happy Birthday, Keith Gessen, born 9 January 1975 Five Quotes One changes, as a writer, fairly quickly; what you wrote six months or a year ago might not sound right anymore. She had such control of tone, in her text messages, she was the Edith…

Literary Birthday – 8 January – Robert Littel

Happy Birthday, Robert Littel, born 8 January 1935 Quotes I am a bookworm. For play, I bury myself in the corners of libraries and read. The difference between and amateur and a professional... a professional believes if a job is worth doing, it is worth…

Literary Birthday – 6 January – C. D. Wright

C.D. Wright was born 6 January 1949 and died 12 January 2016 Quotes Poetry is the language of intensity. Because we are going to die, an expression of intensity is justified. Poetry takes you into the recesses of the language, the neglected corners, cracks and…
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