Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 3 November – Adriana Trigiani

Happy Birthday, Adriana Trigiani, born 3 November 1959 10 Quotes Writing is writing. It's an abiding, wonderful talent, craft, gift that stays with you your whole life. And you can go in different forms, and you can try them. Look at me: I'm writing novels…

Literary Birthday – 2 November – Thomas Mallon

Happy Birthday, Thomas Mallon, born 2 November 1951 Five Quotes I've long been interested in the role of 'minor characters' in major events. This has been the focus of a lot of the fiction and nonfiction I've written. One's politics are part of one even when…

Literary Birthday – 31 October – Susan Orlean

Happy Birthday, Susan Orlean, born 31 October 1955 Quotes You have to simply love writing, and you have to remind yourself often that you love it. I don’t need to be in a perfectly quiet place to write. I don’t need a lot of fussy…

Literary Birthday – 26 October – Beryl Markham

Beryl Markham was born 26 October 1902 and died 3 August 1986 Nine Quotes I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave…

Literary Birthday – 25 October – Stephen Leather

Happy Birthday, Stephen Leather, born 25 October 1956 Nine Writing Tips First write your book. There’s a difference between wanting to be a writer and actually being a writer and the difference is putting in the hours. You have to want to write; it’s hard…

Literary Birthday – 24 October – Norman Rush

Happy Birthday, Norman Rush, born 24 October 1933 Quotes Literature is humanity talking to itself. The main effort of arranging your life should be to progressively reduce the amount of time required to decently maintain yourself so that you can have all the time you…

Literary Birthday – 24 October – Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov was born 24 October 1923 and died 20 December 1997 Quotes Both art and faith are dependent on imagination; both are ventures into the unknown. A poet articulating the dreads and horrors of our time is necessary in order to make readers understand what…

Literary Birthday – 23 October – Naomi Alderman

Happy Birthday, Naomi Alderman, born 23 October 1976 Eight Quotes My aim is that mornings are for books and afternoons are for games. I write 100 words before getting out of bed and 800 words a day, which takes me to about lunchtime, unless it’s a…

Literary Birthday – 21 October – Ellen Wittlinger

Happy Birthday, Ellen Wittlinger, born 21 October 1948 Quotes Read everything you can get your hands on, all sorts of different things—fiction, nonfiction, plays, poetry, newspapers, the toothpaste tube. And then, write. Striving for perfection leaves you frustrated most of the time. Happiness is doing…
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