Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 16 February – Richard Ford

Happy Birthday, Richard Ford, born 16 February 1944 Nine Richard Ford Quotes Writing is the only thing I’ve ever done with persistence, except for being married. Today I think of characters—actual and literary characters— as being rather unfixed. I think of them as changeable, provisional, unpredictable,…

Literary Birthday – 16 February – Iain Banks

Iain Banks was born 16 February 1954 and died 9 June 2013 10 Quotes As a writer, you get to play, you get to alter time, you get to come up with the smart lines and the clever comebacks you wish you’d thought of. You have…

Literary Birthday – 13 February – Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon was born 13 February 1903, and died 4 September 1989 Seven Quotes I have always tried to write in a simple way, using down-to-earth and not abstract words. Writing is not a profession, but a vocation of unhappiness. I don’t think an artist can ever…

Literary Birthday – 12 February – Judy Blume

Happy Birthday, Judy Blume, born 12 February 1938  Top 10 Quotes on Reading and Writing [I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to…

Literary Birthday – 11 February – Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon was born 11 February 1917, and died 30 January 2007 Sidney Sheldon’s 10 Quotes On Writing Don’t give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there who will try to discourage you. Don’t listen to them. The only one who can make you give…

Literary Birthday – 10 February – Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak was born 10 February 1890, and died 30 May 1960  Top 10 Boris Pasternak Quotes I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn’t of much value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them. Literature is the…
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Literary Birthday – 9 February – J.M. Coetzee

Happy Birthday, J.M. Coetzee, born 9 February 1940 Seven Quotes Nothing is worse than what we can imagine. That has always seemed to me one of the stranger aspects of literary fame: you prove your competence as a writer and an inventor of stories, and then…

Literary Birthday – 9 February – Alice Walker

Happy Birthday, Alice Walker, born 9 February 1944 Top 10 Alice Walker Quotes Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they…

Literary Birthday – 8 February – John Grisham

Happy Birthday, John Grisham, born 8 February 1955 11 Quotes On Writing I can’t change overnight into a serious literary author. You can’t compare apples to oranges. William Faulkner was a great literary genius. I am not. I always do book signings with the same blue…

Literary Birthday – 8 February – Jules Verne

Jules Verne was born 8 February 1828, and died 24 March 1905 Five Quotes We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow mouldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read. Anything…
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