Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
Daphne du Maurier
Although Daphne du Maurier (born March 13, 1907) tore up the first 15,000 words of her novel Rebecca, she managed to finish the tale of jealousy and suspicion in just four months.
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.
Over the river and through the wood
To grandfather’s house we go
Lydia Maria Francis Child
American activist Lydia Maria Child (born February 11, 1802) may have been the first prominent abolitionist to advocate immediate emancipation without compensation to slave owners—she also wrote anti-slavery fiction. However, Child is best known for her children’s poem, Over the River and Through the Wood.
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
During a five-decade literary career, American poet and political activist Muriel Rukeyser (born December 15, 1913) produced work rich with commentary on human rights issues and inequalities of gender, race and class. Her more than a dozen poetry collections reacted to events including the Spanish Civil War and American aggression in Vietnam. One of her last poems, The Gates, was written after she traveled to South Korea to protest the imprisonment of poet Kim Chi-Ha.
Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.
Grace Paley (born in the Bronx on December 11, 1922) was an American short story writer, poet, teacher, and political activist. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her other books included the short story collections The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), and Just As I Thought (1999).
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.
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.