Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 26 March – Richard Dawkins

Happy Birthday, Richard Dawkins, born 26 March 1941 Seven Quotes We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character…

Literary Birthday – 24 March – Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Happy Birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, born 24 March 1919 Quotes Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone. Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations. I didn’t know that painters and writers retired. They’re like soldiers – they just fade away. The art…

Literary Birthday – 17 March – Patrice Nganang

Happy Birthday, Patrice Nganang, born 17 March 1970 Quotes There are stories that don't need a plot. Sooner or later they rise above the confusion and untangle their mysteries in a series of sentences. There are many ways to write about Africa, but talent remains…
Simon Van Booy

Literary Birthday – 15 March – Simon Van Booy

Happy Birthday, Simon Van Booy, born 15 March 1975 Quotes I read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them. But those who seek only reassurance from life will never be more than tourists—seeing everything and trying to possess what can…

Literary Birthday – 14 March – Valerie Martin

Happy Birthday, Valerie Martin, born 14 March 1948 Five Quotes I get material from dreams sometimes – the opening of Property came from a dream. I usually find music for a book to get my brain in a tonality that I see as part of the…

Literary Birthday – 12 March – Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton was born 12 March 1936 and died 19 February 2002 Quotes The books from which [children] learn must reflect movement and change and all of the infinite possibilities of minds at liberty. Virginia Hamilton For the writer, there is nothing quite like having…

Literary Birthday – 1 March – Robert Lowell

Robert Lowell was born 1 March 1917 and died 12 September 1977 Five Quotes In the end, there is no end. Sometimes nothing is so solid to me as writing - I suppose that's what a vocation means - at times a torment, a bad conscience,…

Literary Birthday – 28 February – Tessa Hadley

Happy Birthday, Tessa Hadley, born 28 February 1956 Quotes I probably reread novels more often than I read new ones. The novel form is made for rereading. Novels are by their nature too long, too baggy, too full of things – you can't hold them…
Lawrence Durrell

Literary Birthday – 27 February – Lawrence Durrell

Lawrence Durrell was born 27 February 1912 and died 7 November 1990 Quotes Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us? I don’t believe one reads to escape reality. A person reads to confirm a reality he knows is there, but…
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