Literary Birthday

Thomas Keneally

Literary Birthday – 7 October – Thomas Keneally

Happy Birthday, Thomas Keneally, born 7 October 1935 Seven Quotes On Writing I was a weird eccentric kid but I did believe in the power of the word and of the word being made flesh I suppose, which again I suppose came from my temperament as…

Literary Birthday – 5 October – Michael Morpurgo

Happy Birthday, Michael Morpurgo, born 5 October 1943 Michael Morpurgo’s 10 Rules For Writers The prerequisite for me is to keep my well of ideas full. This means living as full and varied a life as possible, to have my antennae out all the time. Ted…
Anne Rice

Literary Birthday – 4 October – Anne Rice

Happy Birthday, Anne Rice, born 4 October 1941 Anne Rice: On Writing My advice is the same to all. If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel…
Gore Vidal

Literary Birthday – 3 October – Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal was born 3 October 1925, and died 31 July 2012 10 Quotes The unfed mind devours itself. Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half. By the time a man…
Graham Greene

Literary Birthday – 2 October – Graham Greene

Graham Greene was born 2 October 1904, and died 3 April 1991 Graham Greene: 14 Quotes On Life, Love, and Writing It’s a strange thing to discover and to believe that you are loved when you know that there is nothing in you for anybody but a…

Literary Birthday – 1 October – Tim O’Brien

Happy Birthday, Tim O’Brien, born 1 October 1946 The Shape Of Stories That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth. But this too is true: stories can save us. Stories are for joining the past…
Téa Obreht

Literary Birthday – 30 September – Téa Obreht

Happy Birthday, Téa Obreht, born 30 September 1985. Seven Quotes A family has its own rituals and its own superstitions. When I hit a block, regardless of what I am writing, what the subject matter is, or what's going on in the plot, I go back…
Truman Capote

Literary Birthday – 30 September – Truman Capote

Truman Capote was born 30 September 1924, and died 25 August 1984 10 Quotes On Writing To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make. A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there…
Miguel de Cervantes

Literary Birthday – 29 September – Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes was born 29 September 1547, and died 23 April 1616 10 Writerly Observations by Miguel de Cervantes The pen is the tongue of the mind. In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. By such innovations are languages enriched, when…
Simon Winchester

Literary Birthday – 28 September – Simon Winchester

Happy Birthday, Simon Winchester, born 28 September 1944 Quotes The best spur for me is a commission and a deadline. Any grand new dictionary ought itself to be a democratic product, a book that demonstrated the primacy of individual freedoms, of the notion that one could…
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