Literary Birthday

Jill McCorkle

Literary Birthday – 7 July – Jill McCorkle

Happy Birthday, Jill McCorkle, born 7 July 1958 Quotes I feel very protective in the first draft, when all the pieces are coming together. I work in a way that is not linear or chronological at all, even with the short story. I will just…
Jean Stafford

Literary Birthday – 1 July – Jean Stafford

Jean Stafford was born 1 July and died 26 March 1979 Quotes For me, there is nothing worse than the knowledge that my life holds nothing for me but being a writer. You say that you hope I will be recognised as the best novelist…
Simon Sebag Montefiore

Literary Birthday – 27 June – Simon Sebag Montefiore

Happy Birthday, Simon Sebag Montefiore, born 27 June 1965 Quotes Real stories - whether in pure fiction or historical - have a certain indefinable power; we are endlessly curious about the past and hungry for learning that we hope will illuminate the present. Historical fiction…
Birthday – 24 June – Rebecca Solnit

Literary Birthday – 24 June – Rebecca Solnit

Happy Birthday, Rebecca Solnit, born 24 June 1961 Rebecca Solnit Quotes On Storytelling Stories are compasses and architecture; we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness…
Vivian Gornick

Literary Birthday – 14 June – Vivian Gornick

Happy Birthday, Vivian Gornick, born 14 June 1935 Quotes That's the hardest thing to do-to stay with a sentence until it has said what it should say, and then to know when that has been accomplished. A serious life, by definition, is a life one…
Jesse Ball

Literary Birthday – 7 June – Jesse Ball

Happy Birthday, Jesse Ball, born 7 June 1978 Quotes I like small books. I like durable books. I like plain books. I like small type and thin pages. Three things are required of you: the wishes you made when you first knew the breadth of this…
Akwaeke Emezi

Literary Birthday – 6 June – Akwaeke Emezi

Happy Birthday, Akwaeke Emezi, born 6 June 1987 Quotes I exist separate from the inaccurate concept of gender as a binary; without the stricture of those categories, I don’t even have to think about my gender. Alone, there’s just me, and I see myself clearly.…
Lynne Truss

Literary Birthday – 31 May – Lynne Truss

Happy Birthday, Lynne Truss, born 31 May 1955 Lynne Truss Quotes Proper punctuation is both the sign and the cause of clear thinking. I’ve been a full-time working writer for over twenty-five years now, but I realise this is no excuse for the mountains of…
Justin Cartwright

Literary Birthday – 20 May – Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright was born 20 May 1943 and died 3 December 2018. Quotes This is the strange thing about South Africa - for all its corruption and crime, it seems to offer a stimulating sense that anything is possible. I'm not an especially male novelist, but…
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