Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 21 June – Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy was born 21 June 1912 and died 25 October 1989 Quotes A novelist is an elephant, but an elephant who must pretend to forget. We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words you are the hero of your own…

Literary Birthday – 16 June – Andy Weir

Happy Birthday, Andy Weir, born 16 June 1972 Quotes I do know that the best way to make a mediocre movie is to just transcribe the book. A story in your head isn't a story. It's just a daydream until you actually write it down.…

Literary Birthday – 14 June – John Edgar Wideman

Happy Birthday, John Edgar Wideman, born 14 June 1941 Nine Quotes Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up. A great artist transforms our world, removes scales from our eyes, plugs…

Literary Birthday – 14 June – Jerzy Kosiński

Jerzy Kosiński was born 14 June 1933 and died 3 May 1991 Nine Quotes Life is a state of mind. The process of writing is a process of inner expansion and reduction. It’s like an accordion: You open it and then you bring it back,…

Literary Birthday – 14 June – Lisa Cron

Happy Birthday, Lisa Cron, born 14 June Quotes Story has always affected me in a big way. I wouldn't be who I am if I hadn't read A Wrinkle in Time when I was nine. The bigger the word, the less emotion it conveys. We…

Literary Birthday – 14 June – Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle was born 14 June 1939 and died 18 January 2018 Quotes Very little happens in my books. I have a terrible weakness for collecting snatches of other people's conversations, and occasionally I'm rewarded with unusual fragments of knowledge. Best advice I've ever received: Finish.…

Literary Birthday – 12 June – Tilly Bagshawe

Happy Birthday, Tilly Bagshawe, born 12 June 1973 Quotes I do think that coming up with new stories, and starting a new book, is the most exciting and fun part of my job. For me, inspiration almost always comes from the characters first, and the…

Literary Birthday – 10 June – Terence Rattigan

Terence Rattigan was born 10 June 1911 and died 30 November 1977 Quotes A playwright must be his own audience. A novelist may lose his readers for a few pages; a playwright never dares lose his audience for a minute. To see yourself as the world sees…

Literary Birthday – 9 June – Paul Beatty

Happy Birthday, Paul Beatty, born 9 June 1962 Nine Quotes All this angst, all this stuff we all feel, is just tied to making art. It’s so ancient...  Not that the work hasn’t changed—of course it has—but these fundamental things are the same. We’re still just…

Literary Birthday – 7 June – Elif Batuman

Happy Birthday, Elif Batuman, born 7 June 1977 Quotes The novel form is about the protagonist's struggle to transform his arbitrary, fragmented, given experience into a narrative as meaningful as his favourite books. I didn't care about truth; I cared about beauty. It took me…
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