Good writers are monotonous, like good composers. They keep trying to perfect the one problem they were born to understand.
Alberto Moravia (born November 28, 1907) was the pseudonym of Alberto Pincherle, a novelist and short story writer who made a profound impact on 20th-century Italian literature. Themes of isolation, alienation, and emotional emptiness pervade his work, which includes Time of Indifference, Two Adolescents, The Woman of Rome, and The Conformist.
I’m fascinated with the stories that we tell. Real histories become fantasies and fairy tales, morality tales and fables.
Kara Walker (born November 26, 1969) is a MacArthur “genius grant” winner and artist who’s become internationally known for using black cut-paper silhouettes to portray the African American experience in the antebellum South. Among the books containing her work and comments are Kara Walker: Pictures from Another Time, Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress, and After the Deluge.
I’m uninterested in superheroes. I am only interested in real stories, real people, real connection.
~Jamie Lee Curtis
Happy birthday, Jamie Lee Curtis. We know the actress (born November 22, 1958) for her memorable film roles and as the daughter of screen stars Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. Happily her résumé and pedigree have not clouded her generous spirit: She’s a bestselling children’s book author, with her work focusing on self-esteem, family bonds, and other positive themes.
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
~Peter F. Drucker
Peter F. Drucker (born November 19, 1909) was a management consultant, educator, and author, whose prolific outpouring of books for more than half a century served as guideposts for the business world. His best-known works include The Effective Executive, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Practice of Management, and Concept of the Corporation. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.
Thank Goodness it’s Friday! Hope you’re having a wonderful day and looking forward to the weekend ahead!
All My Best,
This object that we hold in our hands, a book…that tactile pleasure, it’s just not going to go away.
Maggie Stiefvater (born November 18, 1981) worked as a wedding musician, a portrait artist, and a waitress—but it’s her bestselling fantasy novels that have catapulted her into the spotlight. Among the most popular are Shiver, Linger, The Raven Boys, The Raven King, and The Scorpio Races. And yet that hasn’t stopped her: She still makes music (with harp and bagpipes) and art (with Prismacolor pencils).
It’s not enough to be nice in life. You’ve got to have nerve.
Happy birthday, Georgia O’Keeffe. The celebrated modernist painter (born November 15, 1887) studied at the Art Institute of Chicago; taught art in Texas and South Carolina; lived with her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, in New York; spent time in Bermuda and Hawaii; and finally settled in New Mexico. Her autobiography, Georgia O’Keeffe, and published letters reveal the story of her extraordinary life.
From my Author Blog, JillMRoberts.com
Happy birthday, Whoopi Goldberg! The Oscar-winning actress/comedian (born November 13, 1955) laces her writing with the same witty humor and buoyant spirit that resonate through her TV, film, and theater work. She writes honestly about life (Is It Just Me?: Or Is It Nuts Out There?) and navigating relationships (If Someone Says “You Complete Me,” Run!), and she’s done a children’s book series called Sugar Plum Ballerinas.
The nicest veterans…the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who’d really fought.
It’s Veterans Day and Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday. The bestselling author of Slaughterhouse-Five (born November 11, 1922) drew on his experiences during World War II to craft his satirical antiwar novel. He had been captured by the Germans and survived the firebombing of Dresden—an event that appears in the book. Among his other popular works are Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.
It is my belief that books are living things…. And as living things, they need to be protected.
Holly Black (born November 10, 1971) is a bestselling author of fantasy fiction for children and teens, including the Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, and the Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi). In 2008, the Spiderwick Chronicles was adapted into a film.
The great thing about being a writer is that you are always re-creating yourself.
~Martin Cruz Smith
Martin Cruz Smith (born November 3, 1942) is a bestselling mystery novelist known for his series featuring Russian investigator Arkady Renko (titles include Gorky Park, Red Square, and Stalin’s Ghost). He never rereads his books after they’re published. “All I see is shortcomings and errors,” he says. Early in his career he used various pseudonyms, transforming himself multiple times, with names like Simon Quinn, Nick Carter, and Jake Logan.