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.
True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.
American author Erich Segal (born June 16, 1937) is best known for his 1970 romance, Love Story—he wrote the popular novel and the screenplay for the hit film adaptation. Not so successful? The 1978 sequel, Oliver’s Story. That movie was advertised with this tagline: “It takes someone very special to help you forget someone very special.”
There are some works so luminous…so powerful that they give us strength, and force us to new undertakings. A book can play this role.
Hervé Le Tellier
Happy birthday, Hervé Le Tellier! The French writer and linguist became a notable name in his home country after the publication of Les amnésiques n’ont rien vécu d’inoubliable, a collection of 1,000 short sentences that all began with “Je sense que…” (“I think that…”).
Flawed, imperfect creatures! That’s what we both are, oga! That’s what we ALL are!
Happy birthday, Nnedi Okorafor! In high school, she was a star tennis player, but surgery to correct her scoliosis derailed her hopes of becoming a pro athlete. During her lengthy recovery, she picked up writing as a replacement hobby. Today she’s an award-winning author of several adult and children’s books.
Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.
Happy birthday, Toni Morrison! The American novelist was born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in 1931—and then received the baptismal name “Anthony” when she joined the Catholic church in 1943. The latter because the basis for her nickname, “Toni.”
If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.
Happy birthday, Mo Willems! After graduating from college, the American writer and artist spent a year traveling all around the world. He drew a cartoon a day, and eventually published them in his book You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons: The World on One Cartoon a Day.
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All My Best,
Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren (born November 14, 1907) created her most famous character, Pippi Longstocking, to amuse her young daughter. Today Lindgren is the third most translated children’s book author after Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm brothers.
I don’t want to put the world to rights… I just don’t like people who put the world to wrongs.
Happy birthday, Lee Child! His wife once told him that if the writing thing didn’t pan out, he could become a “reacher” at supermarkets, due to his height. The joke helped Child name his most famous protagonist, Jack Reacher.
Where there is a woman there is magic.
Happy birthday, Ntozake Shange! After years of enduring racism and struggling through depression, the American playwright and poet (born Paulette L. Williams on October 18, 1948) changed her name—Ntozake means “she who has her own things” in Xhosa, and Shange means “she who walks with lions” in Zulu.