Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 16 July – Andrew Smith

Happy Birthday, Andrew Smith, born 16 July 1959 Quotes All good books are about everything, abbreviated. Stupid people should never read books. Sometimes it is perfectly acceptable to decide not to decide, to remain confused and wide-eyed about the next thing that will pop up…

Literary Birthday – 14 July – Susan Howatch

Happy Birthday, Susan Howatch, born 14 July 1940 Quotes Basically, all novelists should want to tell a story, and if they don't want to, they shouldn't be novelists. I think story-telling is important and underrated. It doesn't do to be sentimental about cats; the best…

Literary Birthday – 13 July – Wole Soyinka

Happy Birthday, Wole Soyinka, born 13 July 1934 10 Quotes Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress truth. Arts and the Sciences are a natural symbiosis. They stem from the same human existential impulse - exploration. Exploration of…

Literary Birthday – 12 July – Elias Khoury

Happy Birthday, Elias Khoury, born 12 July 1948 Quotes I do not believe that writing is an act of despair. On the contrary, it lies beyond despair, when a portal opens onto the darkness that is mixed with shades of light. In this darkness the…

Literary Birthday – 11 July – Min Jin Lee

Happy Birthday, Min Jin Lee, born 11 July 1968 Quotes Living everyday in the presence of those who refuse to acknowledge your humanity takes great courage. I was told many times that my writing was either too Korean - or not Korean enough. Patriotism is…

Literary Birthday – 7 July – V. E. Schwab

Happy Birthday, V. E. Schwab, born 7 July 1987 Quotes Be brave. Putting yourself and your work out there to be judged is a terrifying thing, to be sure. But this is a very hard industry, one built on critique and rejection, and in order…

Literary Birthday – 7 July – Jeff VanderMeer

Happy Birthday, Jeff VanderMeer, born 7 July 1968 Quotes Some questions will ruin you if you are denied the answer long enough. Imbuing fiction with a life that extends beyond the last word is in some ways the goal: the ending that goes beyond the…

Literary Birthday – 2 July – Tao Lin

Happy Birthday, Tao Lin, born 2 July 1983 Six Quotes Patriotism is the belief that not all human lives are worth the same. Novels–and memoirs–are perhaps the most comprehensive reports humans can deliver, of their private experiences, to other humans. I think everyone is 'racist',…

Literary Birthday – 24 June – Mary Wesley

Mary Wesley was born 24 June 1912 and died 30 December 2002 Five Quotes Unimaginative people are spared quite a lot. I have no patience with people who grow old at sixty... Sixty should be the time to start something new, not put your feet up. I…
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