Literary Birthday - 13 September - Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born 13 September 1916, and died 23 November 1990

13th September is known as Roald Dahl Day

13 Quotes

  1. Don’t gobblefunk around with words.
  2. I began to realise how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do.
  3. Nowadays you can go anywhere in the world in a few hours, and nothing is fabulous any more.
  4. The life of a writer is absolute hell … if he is a writer of fiction he lives in a world of fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.
  5. A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
  6. Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.
  7. I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.
  8. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.
  9. And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
  10. If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
  11. If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
  12. A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.
  13. Though my father was Norwegian, he always wrote his diaries in perfect English.

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Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter. He became one of the world’s best-selling authors. His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children’s books for their unsentimental, dark humour. His works include James and the Giant PeachCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatilda, The WitchesGeorge’s Marvellous Medicine  and The BFG.

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Literary Birthday - 10 September - Marian Keyes

Happy Birthday, Marian Keyes, born 10 September 1963

10 Quotes

  1. I think that’s probably why I write books, to cheer myself up. It keeps me from slipping into the pit. Personally, I can’t not have a happy ending. I can’t do it. I’d be opening my veins.
  2. Do I mind being called a chick-lit writer? Well, it’s not the worst thing that could happen.
  3. For feel-good fiction to work, there has to be an element of darkness.
  4. My truth is that what doesn’t kill you makes you weaker rather than stronger, although it makes you wiser.
  5. Love and kindness go hand in hand.
  6. High expectations are simply resentments under construction.
  7. Medically speaking, there is no such thing as a nervous breakdown. Which is very annoying to discover when you’re right in the middle of one.
  8. Writing about feeling disconnected has enabled me to connect, and that has been the most lovely thing of all.
  9. I’ll be an alcoholic until the day I die. I will never be cured. It has to be managed on a daily basis. When I drank, I drank to kill pain. If I’m upset I still want something to numb me out. I’ve got to watch that. I still get awful depression. It’s who I am.
  10. Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘for ever'. But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.

Keyes is an Irish novelist. More than 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. Her novels includeWatermelonLucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and Rachel’s Holiday.

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Literary Birthday - 22 August - Annie Proulx

Happy Birthday, Annie Proulx, born 22 August 1935

Five Quotes On Writing

  1. You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.
  2. For most of my adult life I simply didn’t think of myself as a writer. But I was always a reader — an omnivorous, greedy one. It’s probably natural for readers to move into writing, and that’s essentially what happened to me. 
  3. I rarely put female characters in the up-front place in a story or novel. That is a reflection of the real world, like it or not.
  4. I listen attentively in bars and cafes, while standing in line at the checkout counter, noting particular pronunciations and the rhythms of regional speech, vivid turns of speech and the duller talk of everyday life.
  5. I am influenced by words and the chewiness of language.

Five Techniques for Good Craftsmanship

  1. Proceed slowly and take care.
  2. To ensure that you proceed slowly, write by hand.
  3. Write slowly and by hand only about subjects that interest you.
  4. Develop craftsmanship through years of wide reading.
  5. Rewrite and edit until you achieve the most felicitous phrase / sentence / paragraph / page / story / chapter.

Proulx is an American journalist and author of eight books. She has also used the names E. Annie Proulx and E.A. Proulx.
Her second novel, The Shipping News won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was adapted as a film of the same name. Her short story Brokeback Mountain was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture. She won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, Postcards.

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Literary Birthday - 18 August - Nicole Krauss

Happy Birthday, Nicole Krauss, born 18 August 1974 

Nicole Krauss: 10 Quotes On Writing

  1. I read like an animal. I read under the covers, I read lying in the grass, I read at the dinner table. While other people were talking to me, I read.
  2. I am always coming up with architectural metaphors when I think about writing. But I think one of the things that draw us to literature is that it gives us this very attractive illusion that there is meaning in the world - things connect.
  3. I always wrote little things when I was younger. My first opus was a book of poems put down in a spiral notebook at five or six, handsomely accompanied by crayon illustrations.
  4. That powers my desire to write: the sense of how quickly everything on the surface of life can be cut away and you can suddenly be inside the most inner part of the most inner life of a person. What does it feel like there, and what are the regrets and sensations and longings, and what is the music of it?
  5. I try to write first thing in the morning—I wrote Man Walks into a Room in a year, almost to the day, because I got up and did it every morning. And I use a computer. My handwriting is like a friendly but retarded relative that is only let out occasionally to get a little fresh air and exercise.
  6. For me, what I am making in the novel is a place to live. When I first switched from poetry to novels, I was asked why, and the metaphor I came up with was about poems as rooms. You can make a room perfect, but then you have to shut the door and never go back, whereas a novel is like a house - it can never be perfect, but you can make a life in it.
  7. What interests me in writing a novel is taking really remote voices, characters, and stories and beginning to create some kind of web.
  8. To me, this is the singular privilege of reading literature: we are allowed to step into another’s life.
  9. I have always written about characters who fall somewhere in the spectrum between solitary and totally alienated.
  10. What is literature, really? Boiled down to a single sentence, I’d say it’s this: a endless conversation about what it means to be human. And to read literature is to engage in that conversation. 

Krauss is an American author best known for her three novels Man Walks Into a RoomThe History of Love and Great House. Her novels have been translated into 35 languages. She is married to author Jonathan Safran Foer.

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Literary Birthday - 14 August - Danielle Steel

Happy Birthday, Danielle Steel, born 14  August 1947

Nine Quotes

  1. A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it. 
  2. A book begins with an image or character or situation that I care about deeply. 
  3. When you can bring yourself to write about it one day, you will find it all less painful. It is a catharsis of sorts, but the process can be brutal. Don’t do it until you’re ready.
  4. I try to write about the stuff that torments us all. 
  5. I wrote because I needed to and wanted to. It never occurred to me that I’d become famous.
  6. The usual way - through a long series of rejections, revising my manuscripts, and kept trying again and again. Finally I was fortunate enough to find a good agent.
  7. I completed my first novel when I was 19 years old.
  8. People do like the film versions of things, … I thought this was a nice way to get my books back into the marketplace.
  9. If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.

Steel is an American novelist, currently the best-selling author alive and the fourth best-selling author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold. Her books have been translated into 28 languages, with 22 adapted for television, including two that have received Golden Globe nominations.

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Literary Birthday - 10 August - Suzanne Collins

Happy Birthday, Suzanne Collins, born 10 August 1962

Suzanne Collins: On Writing

  1. One night, I was lying in bed, and I was channel surfing between reality TV programs and actual war coverage. On one channel, there’s a group of young people competing for I don’t even know; and on the next, there’s a group of young people fighting in an actual war. I was really tired, and the lines between these stories started to blur in a very unsettling way. That’s the moment when Katniss’s story came to me.
  2. Whatever age you’re writing for, the same rules of plot, character, and theme apply. You just set up a world and try to remain true to it. If it’s filled with cuddly animated animals, chances are no one’s going to die. If it’s filled with giant flesh-and-blood rats with a grudge, there’s going to be violence.
  3. I’ve learned it helps me to work out the key structural points before I begin a story. The inciting incident, acts, breaks, mid-story reversal, crisis, climax, those sorts of things. 
  4. I’ll know a lot of what fills the spaces between them as well, but I leave some uncharted room for the characters to develop. And if a door opens along the way, and I’m intrigued by where it leads, I’ll definitely go through it. 
  5. The more distractions I have to deal with before I actually begin writing, the harder focusing on the story becomes. Then I work until I’m tapped out, usually sometime in the early afternoon. If I actually write three to five hours, that’s a productive day. 
  6. Some days all I do is stare at the wall. That can be productive, too, if you’re working out a character.
  7. Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol.
  8. I’m not a very fancy person. I’ve been a writer a long time, and right now ‘The Hunger Games’ is getting a lot of focus. It’ll pass. The focus will be on something else. It’ll shift. It always does. And that seems just fine.
  9. Destroying things is much easier than making them.
  10. [The Hunger Games is] very much based on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, which I read when I was eight years old. I was a huge fan of Greek and Roman mythology. As punishment for displeasing Crete, Athens periodically had to send seven youths and seven maidens to Crete, where they were thrown into the labyrinth and devoured by the Minotaur, which is a monster that’s half man and half bull. Even when I was a little kid, the story took my breath away, because it was so cruel, and Crete was so ruthless.

Suzanne Collins is a television writer and novelist. She is the author of The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy. Collins was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2010. In March 2012, Amazon announced that Collins was the best-selling Kindle author of all time. She has also written 29 of the 100 most highlighted passages in Kindle ebooks. 

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Literary Birthday - 4 August - Dennis Lehane

Happy Birthday, Dennis Lehane, born 4 August 1965

12 Quotes

  1. I grew up in a storytelling culture. I am from an Irish culture and my parents and their brothers and sisters would all get together every weekend and they would sit around and tell stories. 
  2. Catch me on a good day, I think half of my books aren’t too bad. Catch me on a bad day, I think I’ve never written a good line.
  3. In Greek tragedy, they fall from great heights. In noir, they fall from the curb.
  4. Don’t get me wrong, I love literary fiction. It’s faux literary fiction I can’t stand.
  5. I believe so deeply in the primacy of language, in lifting your prose to the highest level you’re capable of and making your words symphonic.
  6. Once a semester, I usually go through a page of a story with all the students and we remove every modifier. Then we go and put back only the ones the page can’t live without, which tends to add up to about 5 percent of what was there in the first place, if that.
  7. Narrative becomes the way you make sense of chaos. That’s how you focus the world. It’s the only reason you should ever try this writing job.
  8. I found that I could write two kinds of short stories: I could write very absurd, kind of surrealistic, funny stories; or I could write very dark, realistic - hyper-realistic - stories. I was never happy with that, because I couldn’t meld the two.
  9. I’m attracted to what I think of as 'fiction of mortal event', that is, fiction in which bad stuff happens and the price is high. That led me to crime fiction. I write about violence; it’s what I obsess over. So I can’t ever imagine writing a book in which crime didn’t happen.
  10. I was not going to use writing for advertising or journalism. I would tend bar, load trucks, chauffeur - do whatever it took. But from the moment I took my first writing workshop, I was a writer.
  11. The world does not have tidy endings. The world does not have neat connections. It is not filled with epiphanies that work perfectly at the moment that you need them.
  12. It’s good not only to realise that you can’t please all of the people all of the time, but that you don’t want to. There’s a certain type of reader that you don’t ever want to write for.

Lehane is an American author of 10 novels that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers. His novels include A Drink Before The War; Gone, Baby, GoneMystic River; Shutter IslandThe Given Day; and Live By Night.  His gritty noir psycho-thrillers have made an impact on contemporary crime writing. Three of them have been made into successful films.

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Literary Birthday - 26 July - Nicholas Evans

Happy Birthday, Nicholas Evans, born 26 July 1950

Five Quotes On Writing

  1. Read, read, and read. Then, when you think you’ve read enough and might know how to do it, find a story that moves you and tell it from the heart.
  2. Try not to copy anyone’s style and don’t think about the reader, just write for yourself.
  3. Be your characters, inhabit their heads; never bend the characters to fit the story; write what is true to them.
  4. Starting to write is a bit like going for a hike in a place you have never before visited with people you know little about. Before you set out, you study the map and then you drive there, put on your boots and your backpack of research and set off up the trail. At first, the characters you are hiking with will be like silhouettes; maybe you know just one or two key things about them. Once you start walking, you have to ask yourself all kinds of questions about them. Where was she born? What was his relationship like with his father? Did she go to college? Can she catch a ball, sail, speak French? Who was his first love? As you answer these questions, so the silhouettes begin to fill in and after a few miles you are getting to know who they are.
  5. [I write from] about 9.30am until around 7pm – then I go for a run and try to figure out what went wrong.

Evans is an English journalist, screenwriter, television and film producer, and novelist. He is best known for The Horse Whisperer.

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Literary Birthday - 26 July - George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw was born 26 July 1856, and died 2 November 1950

15 Quotes

  1. Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
  2. When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
  3. The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
  4. My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.
  5. We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
  6. If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
  7. Patriotism: Your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
  8. The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
  9. The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
  10. Without art the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
  11. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
  12. England and America are two countries separated by the same language. 
  13. The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
  14. The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
  15. We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright who wrote more than 60 plays during his lifetime. He was given a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925. Pygmalionwas later made into the film My Fair Lady. His screenplay won an Oscar. He was also an essayist, journalist, novelist, and short story writer

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