Literary Birthday

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…
Amos Oz

Literary Birthday – 4 May – Amos Oz

Amos Oz was born 4 May 1939 and died 28 December 2018. Amos Oz Quotes Words create conceptions and self-conceptions and ultimately nations. They can start and stop wars. They can wound and heal. Choosing words carefully is a moral responsibility. When I was little,…
Jon Krakauer

Literary Birthday – 12 April – Jon Krakauer

Happy Birthday, Jon Krakauer, born 12 April 1954 Quotes Short form media is reductionist by nature. Passion is what makes life interesting, what ignites our soul, drives our curiosity, fuels our love and carries our friendship, stimulates our intellect, and pushes our limit.... A passion…
Leo Rosten

Literary Birthday – 11 April – Leo Rosten

Leo Rosten was born 11 April 1908 and died 19 February 1997 Leo Rosten Quotes Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have…
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