The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.
Not long after midnight on April 14, 1965, the murderers depicted in Truman Capote’s true-crime book, In Cold Blood, were executed. The writer was in attendance.
Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass them on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you.
Happy 43rd birthday, Miranda July! The multi-faceted artist’s oeuvre is a testament to trying your hand at everything—she has made work as a writer, musician, filmmaker, actor, and visual artist.
Become major, Paul. Live like a hero. That’s what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for?
Happy 77th birthday, J.M. Coetzee! The reclusive South African writer did not show up to the awards ceremony for his two Booker Prizes, but he did make an appearance when he won the Nobel Prize in 2003.
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 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.
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
Elmore Leonard (born October 11, 1925) packed his popular westerns and crime thrillers with gritty details and realistic dialogue—no surprise, then, that many of his stories were made into blockbuster movies with Hollywood’s biggest stars. Think 3:10 to Yuma, Hombre, Valdez Is Coming, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Jackie Brown (a Quentin Tarantino adaptation of Rum Punch). Even before he was in the spotlight, though, Leonard—as a fifth grader in Detroit—wrote a play inspired by the book All Quiet on the Western Front.