Author Birthdays – The Last Birthdays Ever

No. Not all of them. Don’t worry, your candles and cake are safe. We’re just talking about “Author Birthdays,” the blog segment.

Why? We’ve come full circle, literally. The Earth has completed an entire orbit around the sun since we started with “Author Birthdays” (that means a year has gone by) and after this week there won’t be any more weeks that we haven’t already covered together.

I know. I know. There are many authors that we missed the first time around and newly famous/infamous authors are popping up all the time, but lets give the numbers time to build back up a bit before we start in again. We’ll do other things that are just as cool. Maybe (dare I say it) cooler.

In the meantime, The Last Author Birthdays (Possibly) Ever!

George Orwell (b. June 25, 1903, Motihari, India; d. January 21, 1950, London, UK)

Orwell“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: 1984

For more information on George Orwell, click here.


Jean-Jacques Rousseau (b. June 28, 1712, Geneva, Switzerland; d. July 2, 1778, Ermenonville, France)

Rousseau“Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Confessions

For more information on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, click here.



Author Birthdays – Father’s Day Edition

People have gotta come from somewhere and authors are no exception – special shout-out to the fathers of this week’s authors! And all the other fathers too. Hi, dad!

Salman Rushdie (b. June 19, 1947, Mumbai, India)

Rushdie“A purpose of our lives is to broaden what we can understand and say and therefore be.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Satanic Verses 

For more information on Salman Rushdie, click here.


Joseph Kesselring (b. July 21, 1902, New York, NY; d. November 5, 1967, Kingston, NY)

Kesselring“You see, insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Arsenic and Old Lace

For more information on Joseph Kesselring, click here.


Jean-Paul Sartre (b. June 21, 1905, Paris, France; d. April 15, 1980, Paris, France)

Sartre“If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Nausea

For more information on Jean-Paul Sartre, click here.


Octavia Butler (b. June 22, 1947, Pasadena, CA; d. February 24, 2006, Lake Forest Park, WA)

Butler“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Kindred

For more information on Octavia Butler, click here.


Michael Shaara (b. June 23, 1928, Jersey City, NJ; d. May 5, 1988, Tallahassee, FL)

Shaara“A man who has been shot at is a new realist, and what do you say to a realist when the war is a war of ideals?” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Killer Angels

For more information on Michael Shaara, click here.


Richard Bach (b. June 23, 1936, Oak Park, IL)

Bach“If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Jonathan Livingston Seagull

For more information on Richard Bach, click here.


Author Birthdays

William Styron (b. June 11, 1925, Hilton Village, VA; d. November 1, 2006, Martha’s Vineyard, MA)

Styron“If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Sophie’s Choice

For more information on William Styron, click here.


Anne Frank (b. June 12, 1929, Frankfurt, Germany; d. 1945, Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany)

Frank“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Diary of a Young Girl

For more information on Anne Frank, click here.


William Butler Yeats (b. June 13, 1865, Sandymount, Ireland; d. January 28, 1939, Menton, France)

Yeats“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: His collected poetry

For more information on William Yeats, click here.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (b. June 14, 1811, Litchfield, CT; d. July 1, 1896, Hartford, CT)

Stowe“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

For more information on Harriet Beecher Stowe, click here.


Joyce Carol Oates (b. June 16, 1938, Lockport, NY)

Oates“Obviously the imagination is fueled by emotions beyond the control of the conscious mind.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Blonde

For more information on Joyce Carol Oates, click here.


Author Birthdays – Hey June

Spalding Gray (b. June 5, 1941, Providence, RI; d. January 11, 2004, New York, NY)

Gray“I knew I couldn’t live in America and I wasn’t ready to move to Europe so I moved to an island off the coast of America – New York City.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Swimming to Cambodia

For more information on Spalding Gray, click here.


Ken Follett (b. June 5, 1949, Cardiff, UK)

Follett“There is no point in asking a man a question until you have established whether he has any reason to lie to you.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Pillars of the Earth

For more information on Ken Follett, click here.


Thomas Mann (b. June 6, 1875, Free City of Lübeck; d. August 12, 1955, Zürich, Switzerland)

Mann“Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Magic Mountain

For more information on Thomas Mann, click here.


V. C. Andrews (b. June 6, 1923, Portsmouth, VA; d. December 19, 1986, Virginia Beach, VA)

Andrews“You can trust a few some of the time, and most none of the time. Feel lucky if you have even one to trust all of the time.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Flowers in the Attic

For more information on V. C. Andrews, click here.


Gwendolyn Brooks (b. June 7, 1917, Topeka, KS; d. December 3, 2000, Chicago, IL)

Brooks“Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Annie Allen

For more information on Gwendolyn Brooks, click here.


Patricia Cornwell (b. June 9, 1956, Miami, FL)

Cornwell“I’ve always believed human blood is red because it really needs to draw attention to itself.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Postmortem

For more information on Patricia Cornwell, click here.


Maurice Sendak (b. June 10, 1928, New York, NY; d. May 8, 2012, Danbury, CT)

Sendak“Childhood is a tricky business. Usually, something goes wrong.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Where the Wild Things Are

For more information on Maurice Sendak, click here.

Author Birthdays – The End (of May) Is Near!

Ian Flemming (b. May 28, 1908, London, UK; d. August 12, 1964, Canterbury, UK)

Ian Fleming“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Casino Royale

For more information on Ian Flemming, click here.


Walker Percy (b. May 28, 1916, Birmingham, AL; d. May 10, 1990, Covington, LA)

Percy“You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Love in the Ruins

For more information on Walker Percy, click here.


Maeve Binchy (b. May 28, 1939, Dalkey, Ireland; d. July 30, 2012, Dublin, Ireland)

Binchy“I have always believed that life is too short for rows and disagreements. Even if I think I’m right, I would prefer to apologize and remain friends rather than win and be an enemy.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Glass Lake

For more information on Maeve Binchy, click here.


Max Brand (real name: Frederick Schiller Faust) (b. May 29, 1892, Seattle, WA; d. May 12, 1944, Italy)

Brand“When in doubt, head into the wind.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Luck

For more information on Max Brand, click here.


Walt Whitman (b. May 31, 1819, West Hills, NY; d. March 26, 1892, Camden, NJ)

Whitman“I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Leaves of Grass

For more information on Walt Whitman, click here.


Allen Ginsberg (b. June 3, 1926, Newark, NJ; d. April 5, 1997, New York, NY)

Ginsberg“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Howl: and Other Poems

For more information on Allen Ginsberg, click here.


Larry McMurtry (b. June 3, 1936, Archer City, TX)

McMurtry“Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Lonesome Dove

For more information on Larry McMurtry, click here.


Author Birthdays

Alexander Pope (b. May 21, 1688, London, UK; d. May 30, 1744, Twickenham, UK)

Pope“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: An Essay on Man

For more information on Alexander Pope, click here.


Arthur Conan Doyle (b. May 22, 1859, Edinburgh, UK; d. July 7, 1930, Crowborough, UK)

Doyle“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Study in Scarlet… or anything with Sherlock Holmes

For more information on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, click here.


Mitch Albom (b. May 23, 1958, Passaic, NJ)

Albom“If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be unhappy, because it’s going to happen anyhow.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Tuesdays with Morrie

For more information on Mitch Albom, click here.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (b. May 25, 1803, Boston, MA; d. April 27, 1882, Concord, MA)

Emerson“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Nature

For more information on Ralph Waldo Emerson, click here.


Robert Ludlum (b. May 25, 1927, New York, NY; d. March 12, 2001, Naples, FL)

Ludlum“Life is extremely complicated.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Bourne Identity

For more information on Robert Ludlum, click here.


Tony Hillerman (b. May 27, 1925, Sacred Heart, OK ; d. October 26, 2008, Albuquerque, NM)

Hillerman“You write for two people, yourself and your audience, who are usually better educated and at least as smart.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Blessing Way

For more information on Tony Hillerman, click here.


Harlan Ellison (b. May 27, 1934, Cleveland, OH)

Ellison_H“The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

For more information on Harlan Ellison, click here.

Author Birthdays – And let’s hear it for their mothers too! Happy Mother’s Day!

L. Frank Baum (b. May 15, 1856, Chittenango, NY; d. May 6, 1919, Los Angeles, CA)

Baum“Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

For more information on L. Frank Baum, click here.


Mikhail Bulgakov (b. May 15, 1891, Kiev, Ukraine; d. March 10, 1940, Moscow, Russia)

BulgakovCowardice is the most terrible of vices.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Master and Margarita

For more information on Mikhail Bulgakov, click here.



Peter Shaffer (b. May 15, 1926, Liverpool, UK; d. June 6, 2016, County Cork, Ireland)

Shaffer“Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong, but between two different kinds of right.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Amadeus

For more information on Sir Peter Shaffer, click here.



Malcolm X (b. May 19, 1925, Omaha, NE; d. February 21, 1965, New York, NY)

X“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

For more information on Malcolm X, click here.


Lorraine Hansberry (b. May 19, 1930, Chicago, IL; d. January 12, 1965, New York, NY)

Hansberry“There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Raisin in the Sun

For more information on Lorraine Hansberry, click here.


Honoré de Balzac (b. May 20, 1799, Tours, France; d. August 18, 1850, Paris, France)

Balzac“Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Human Comedy

For more information on Honoré de Balzac, click here.