Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 17 September – Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey was born 17 September 1935, and died 10 November 2001 Top 10 Ken Kesey Quotes What I always wanted to be was a magician… My real upbringing when I was a teenager was doing magic shows, all over the state, with my father and…

Literary Birthday – 7 September – Jennifer Egan

Happy Birthday, Jennifer Egan, born 7 September 1962. Jennifer Egan: 10 Quotes Quick views of someone you never get to know are so evocative. My cats are a big part of my work life. They’re in and out of here all day long. I usually…

Literary Birthday – 24 August – Stephen Fry

Happy Birthday, Stephen Fry, born 24 August 1957 Stephen Fry: On Reading & Writing On Books Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators. Read slowly Savour every word and every line. Reading verse can be like eating chocolate - so much…

Literary Birthday – 24 August – Alexander McCall Smith

Happy Birthday, Alexander McCall Smith, born 24 August 1948 The Top 10 Alexander McCall Smith Quotes He had been thinking of how landscape moulds a language. It was impossible to imagine these hills giving forth anything but the soft syllables of Irish, just as only certain…
Literary Birthday - 24 August - Paulo Coelho

Literary Birthday – 24 August – Paulo Coelho

Happy Birthday, Paulo Coelho, born 24 August 1947 Top 10 Paulo Coelho Quotes The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none…

Literary Birthday – 24 August – Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges was born 24 August 1899, and died 14 June 1986 Top 10 Jorge Luis Borges Quotes Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast about the ones I’ve read. I am not sure that I exist, actually.…

Literary Birthday – 24 August – Orson Scott Card

Happy Birthday, Orson Scott Card, born 24 August 1951 Orson Scott Card Quotes Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any. Everybody dies. What matters is what…

Literary Birthday – 22 August – Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker was born 22 August 1893, and died 7 June 1967. The Most Memorable Dorothy Parker Quotes This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. Don’t look at me in that tone of voice. I don’t…

Literary Birthday – 13 April – Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty was born 13 April 1909, and died 23 July 2001 10 Quotes A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away. Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s…
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