Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 20 August – James Rollins

Happy Birthday, James Rollins, born 20 August 1961 10 Quotes Books are keys that open many doors. Whenever I start a novel, I'm always looking for two things: a bit of science that makes me go 'what if?' and a piece of history that ends…

Literary Birthday – 19 August – Jonathan Coe

Happy Birthday, Jonathan Coe, born 19 August 1961 Nine Quotes It seems to me that you would have to write a novel on a very small, intimate scale for it not to become political. Some people don't realise that a straight 'No' can be the…

Literary Birthday – 18 August – Sonia Levitin

Happy Birthday, Sonia Levitin, born 18 August 1934 Three Quotes Stories are my art and my solace. They could also be my weapons. Stories give more than facts. Stories touch the conscience and stimulate action. That is my motive and my goal, to put research and…

Literary Birthday – 17 August – Jessie Burton

Happy Birthday, Jessie Burton, born 17 August 1982 10 Quotes Writing is a leap of faith. But how wonderful that the person you’re putting faith in is yourself. There’s a romance about writing that just won’t go away. We have to drink fresh coffee in our turrets,…

Literary Birthday – 12 August – Chris Bohjalian

Happy Birthday, Chris Bohjalian, born 12 August 1962 10 Tips To Help Aspiring Writers Stretch Their Fiction Don’t merely write what you know. Write what you don’t know. It might be more difficult at first, but – unless you’ve just scaled Mount Everest or found…

Literary Birthday – 11 August – Mavis Gallant

Mavis Gallant was born 11 August 1922 and died 18 February 2014 10 Quotes Writing is like a love affair: the beginning is the best part. I wanted to live in Paris and write nothing but fiction and be perfectly free. I had decided all…

Literary Birthday – 7 August – Betsy Byars

Happy Birthday, Betsy Byars, born 7 August 1928 Six Quotes When I type a title page, I hold it and I look at it and I think, I just need four thousand sentences to go with this and I’ll have a book. Writing is like…

Literary Birthday – 5 August – Conrad Aiken

Conrad Aiken was born 5 August 1889 and died 17 August 1973 Seven Quotes One is least sure of one's self, sometimes, when one is most positive. I think that what's happening today, with all the young poets rushing from one college to another, lecturing…
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