Happy birthday, Irvine Welsh! Since 2014, the Scottish novelist has been the official ambassador of the Homeless World Cup, a football tournament made up of teams of homeless people from all over the world. The annual event advocates for a global solution to homelessness.
September 26, 1929: On this day, editor L.F. Reed expressed interest in a girl detective series, but rejected most of the suggested names for the lead (Stella Strong, Nell Cody, and Diana Dare). He preferred Nancy Drew.
Love cannot be reduced to a catalogue of reasons why, and a catalogue of reasons cannot be put together into love.
Happy birthday, Eleanor Catton! Her 2013 novel, The Luminaries, is the longest book ever to win the Man Booker Award, but that’s not the only record she holds. Catton is also the youngest author ever to take home the prize.
We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories…And those that carry us forward, are dreams.
English writer H.G. Wells (born September 21, 1866) first fell in love with books after an accident left him bedridden with a broken leg when he was eight. With nowhere to go and no one to play with, the boy became devoted to fictional worlds.
Happy birthday, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.! The American historian graduated from Yale University, summa cum laude, in 1973, but has since received 53 honorary degrees (and counting!) from other institutions around the world.
The truth is life is full of joy and full of great sorrow, but you can’t have one without the other.
Andre Dubus III
Happy birthday, Andre Dubus III! The House of Sand and Fog novelist began writing fiction at the age of 22, but worked as a carpenter, bartender, office cleaner, and halfway house counselor to support himself.
The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.
September 10, 1967: On this day, American poet Djuna Barnes proudly told a friend she had become “the most famous unknown in the world.” She guarded her privacy by living in a tiny apartment in Greenwich Village and avoiding most public appearances.
We are not all born at once, but by bits. The body first, and the spirit later… Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth. ~Mary Austin
American nature writer Mary Austin (born September 9, 1868) has a mountain named after her. Mount Mary Austin is located in the Sierra Nevada and is home to the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus Don Quixote is often considered the first modern novel.
The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
September 8, 1883: On this day, Sigmend Freud wrote a letter to his fiancée urging her to finish Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s Don Quixote despite the novel’s “many coarse and in themselves nauseating passages.”