Literary Birthday

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…

Literary Birthday – 5 June – David Hare

Happy Birthday, David Hare, born 5 June 1947 Quotations No one but a fool is always right. The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe. If you like judging, please: be a lawyer. Run a dog show. There’s a whole lot…

Literary Birthday – 4 June – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Happy Birthday, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, born 4 June 1960 Seven Quotes As one of my creative writing professors once said, there are only seven plots. What makes those plots different is how you handle them, your voice, your style, and your way of thinking. That’s all.…

Literary Birthday – 31 May – Svetlana Alexievich

Happy Birthday, Svetlana Alexievich, born 31 May 1948 Quotes Is there anything more frightening than people? I’m trying to show the multiple variations of the entire life. I don’t want to be like other authors and say that there are only a few story lines…

Literary Birthday – 27 May – Sharon Bolton

Happy Birthday, Sharon Bolton, born 27 May 1960 Eight Quotes Our names are an integral part of the faces we show to the world. If we're judged first on outward appearances, we're assessed next on our names. I learned the hard way that people are…

Literary Birthday – 25 May – Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Edward Bulwer-Lytton was born 25 May 1803 and died 18 January 1873 Quotes Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword. Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Talent does what it can: Genius does what…

Literary Birthday – 21 May – Maria Semple

Happy Birthday, Maria Semple, born 21 May 1964 10 Quotes Being in writers' rooms turns you feral. You are swearing, you are going to very dark, mean places. You start out in the room with all these smart people, and you're all well-read and well-educated and…

Literary Birthday – 20 May – Margery Allingham

Margery Allingham was born 20 May 1904 and died 30 June 1966 Quotes I write every paragraph four times - once to get my meaning down, once to put in anything I have left out, once to take out anything that seems unnecessary, and once…

Literary Birthday – 20 May – Walter Isaacson

Happy Birthday, Walter Isaacson, born 20 May 1952 10 Quotes One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are. I think when you're looking for people to interview, you want to make it fair and honest. You're not just bringing people…
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