Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 2 October – Jan Morris

Happy Birthday, Jan Morris, born 2 October 1926 Quotes Book lovers will understand me, and they will know too that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence. Few conversations, at any time of life, are more stimulating, more spontaneous and…

Literary Birthday – 1 October – Louis Untermeyer

Louis Untermeyer was born 1 October 1885 and died 18 December 1977 Seven Quotes Write out of love, write out of instinct, write out of reason. But always for money. Poetry is the power of defining the indefinable in terms of the unforgettable. The poet's…

Literary Birthday – 30 September – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Happy Birthday, Ta-Nehisi Coates, born 30 September 1975 Nine Quotes The best part of writing is not the communication of knowledge to other people, but the acquisition and synthesizing of knowledge for oneself. I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was…

Literary Birthday – 30 September – Eileen Chang

Eileen Chang was born 30 September 1920 and died 8 September 1995 Nine Quotes True immersion in the atmosphere of life usually takes place spontaneously. It isn’t something that can be forced or willed into being. All a writer can strive for is to live…

Literary Birthday – 25 September – Kristin Hannah

Happy Birthday, Kristin Hannah, born 25 September 1960 10 Quotes Books + friendship = book club. Finding your passion isn't just about careers and money. It's about finding your authentic self. The one you've buried beneath other people's needs. Over the years, I’ve seen a…

Literary Birthday – 23 September – Justine Larbalestier

Happy Birthday, Justine Larbalestier, born 23 September 1967 Six Quotes Learn how to take criticism. If you want to be a professional writer you’re going to have to learn to take criticism and the sooner you start practising the better! Don’t be in too much of a…

Literary Birthday – 21 September – Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen was born 21 September 1934 and died 7 November 2016 Nine Quotes There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Children show…

Literary Birthday – 20 September – Charles Williams

Charles Williams was born 20 September 1886 and died 15 May 1945 Quotes An hour's conversation on literature between two ardent minds with a common devotion to a neglected poet is a miraculous road to intimacy. Nothing was certain, but everything was safe - that…
Rebecca Skloot

Literary Birthday – 19 September – Rebecca Skloot

Happy Birthday, Rebecca Skloot, born 19 September 1972 Seven Quotes I wake up at 5 a.m. (which sucks—I’m not a morning person), and stagger to a nearby coffee shop where I bury myself in my laptop with headphones on to write as long as I can…

Literary Birthday – 18 September – Lynn Abbey

Happy Birthday, Lynn Abbey, born 18 September 1948 10 Quotes Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down. A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific…
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