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Happy Birthday, Kwame Dawes, born 28 July 1962
Three Quotes
I work with musicians routinely, and we continue to combine music and poetry in ways that I think are meaningful.
I believe that all fiction is personal and all writing is at some level personal. As you may know, my motto is: “All memory is fiction.” It could just as easily be: “All fiction is memory.” Unpacked, these two statements defy the ease of logic, but offer some really important truths about narrative art, at the very least, and about memory. So I would say that all art is personal.
Maybe that is the power of poetry. It somehow transcends news cycles, and becomes a part of our collective imagination.
Read Kwame Dawes Memo to Poets - A Twitter Journey
Dawes is Ghana-born poet, actor, editor, critic, and musician, who grew up in Jamaica. His collections of poetry include Wisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country, Impossible Flying, and Back of Mount Peace. He is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and editor-in-chief at the Prairie Schooner.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Kwame Dawes, born 28 July 1962

Three Quotes

  1. I work with musicians routinely, and we continue to combine music and poetry in ways that I think are meaningful.
  2. I believe that all fiction is personal and all writing is at some level personal. As you may know, my motto is: “All memory is fiction.” It could just as easily be: “All fiction is memory.” Unpacked, these two statements defy the ease of logic, but offer some really important truths about narrative art, at the very least, and about memory. So I would say that all art is personal.
  3. Maybe that is the power of poetry. It somehow transcends news cycles, and becomes a part of our collective imagination.

Read Kwame Dawes Memo to Poets - A Twitter Journey

Dawes is Ghana-born poet, actor, editor, critic, and musician, who grew up in Jamaica. His collections of poetry include Wisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country, Impossible Flying, and Back of Mount Peace. He is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and editor-in-chief at the Prairie Schooner.

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Happy Birthday, Joseph Mitchell, born 27 July 1908, died 24 May 1996
Seven Quotes
I believe the most interesting human beings, so far as talk is concerned, are anthropologists, farmers, prostitutes, psychiatrists, and an occasional bartender. The best talk is artless, the talk of people trying to reassure or comfort themselves, women in the sun, grouped around baby carriages, talking about their weeks in the hospital or the way meat has gone up, or men in the saloons, talking to combat the loneliness everyone feels.
…you can hate a place with all your heart and soul and still be homesick for it.
I had not yet found out about time; I was still under the illusion that I had plenty of time - time for this, time for that, time for everything, time to waste.
I have a great deal of experience in justifying myself to myself.
It is perhaps an ugly comment on the American press, but the function of the interviewer on most newspapers is to entertain, not to shed light.
In New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, down among the cranks and the misfits and the one-lungers and the has-beens and the might’ve beens and the would-bes and the never-wills and the God-knows-whats, I have always felt at home.
Life is a goddam mess…but you wouldn’t want to miss it!
Mitchell was an American writer. He is best known for the work he published in The New Yorker. He is famous for his written portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around New York City.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Joseph Mitchell, born 27 July 1908, died 24 May 1996

Seven Quotes

  1. I believe the most interesting human beings, so far as talk is concerned, are anthropologists, farmers, prostitutes, psychiatrists, and an occasional bartender. The best talk is artless, the talk of people trying to reassure or comfort themselves, women in the sun, grouped around baby carriages, talking about their weeks in the hospital or the way meat has gone up, or men in the saloons, talking to combat the loneliness everyone feels.
  2. …you can hate a place with all your heart and soul and still be homesick for it.
  3. I had not yet found out about time; I was still under the illusion that I had plenty of time - time for this, time for that, time for everything, time to waste.
  4. I have a great deal of experience in justifying myself to myself.
  5. It is perhaps an ugly comment on the American press, but the function of the interviewer on most newspapers is to entertain, not to shed light.
  6. In New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, down among the cranks and the misfits and the one-lungers and the has-beens and the might’ve beens and the would-bes and the never-wills and the God-knows-whats, I have always felt at home.
  7. Life is a goddam mess…but you wouldn’t want to miss it!

Mitchell was an American writer. He is best known for the work he published in The New Yorker. He is famous for his written portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around New York City.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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#joseph mitchell  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 

Quotable - Aldous Huxley, born 26 July 1894, died 22 November 1963
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Quotable - George Bernard Shaw, born 26 July 1856, died 2 November 1950 (15 Quotes http://bit.ly/16h8qV0)

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 Quotable - Aldous Huxley, born 26 July 1894, died 22 November 196315 Aldous Huxley Quotesexcuses - QS PRN

 Quotable - Aldous Huxley, born 26 July 1894, died 22 November 1963
15 Aldous Huxley Quotes
excuses - QS PRN

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Happy Birthday, Antonio Machado, born 26 July 1875, died 22 February 1939
Five Quotes
In order to write poetry, you must first invent a poet who will write it.
Traveller, there is no path - Paths are made by walking.
Don’t try to rush things: for the cup to run over, it must first be filled.
My philosophy is fundamentally sad, but I’m not a sad man, and I don’t believe I sadden anyone else. In other words, the fact that I don’t put my philosophy into practice saves me from its evil spell, or, rather, my faith in the human race is stronger then my intellectual analysis of it; there lies the fountain of youth in which my heart is continually bathing.
Beyond living and dreaming there is something more important. Waking up.
Machado was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of ‘98.
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Happy Birthday, Antonio Machado, born 26 July 1875, died 22 February 1939

Five Quotes

  1. In order to write poetry, you must first invent a poet who will write it.
  2. Traveller, there is no path - Paths are made by walking.
  3. Don’t try to rush things: for the cup to run over, it must first be filled.
  4. My philosophy is fundamentally sad, but I’m not a sad man, and I don’t believe I sadden anyone else. In other words, the fact that I don’t put my philosophy into practice saves me from its evil spell, or, rather, my faith in the human race is stronger then my intellectual analysis of it; there lies the fountain of youth in which my heart is continually bathing.
  5. Beyond living and dreaming there is something more important. Waking up.

Machado was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of ‘98.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 2 days ago with 56 notes
#Antonio Machado  #Literary Birthday  #Writers Write  #Amanda Patterson 
Literary Birthday - 26 July
Happy Birthday, Nicholas Evans, born 26 July 1950
Five Quotes On Writing
Read, read, and read. Then, when you think you’ve read enough and might know how to do it, find a story that moves you and tell it from the heart.
Try not to copy anyone’s style and don’t think about the reader, just write for yourself.
Be your characters, inhabit their heads; never bend the characters to fit the story; write what is true to them.
Starting to write is a bit like going for a hike in a place you have never before visited with people you know little about. Before you set out, you study the map and then you drive there, put on your boots and your backpack of research and set off up the trail. At first, the characters you are hiking with will be like silhouettes; maybe you know just one or two key things about them. Once you start walking, you have to ask yourself all kinds of questions about them. Where was she born? What was his relationship like with his father? Did she go to college? Can she catch a ball, sail, speak French? Who was his first love? As you answer these questions, so the silhouettes begin to fill in and after a few miles you are getting to know who they are.
[I write from] about 9.30am until around 7pm – then I go for a run and try to figure out what went wrong.
Evans is an English journalist, screenwriter, television and film producer and novelist. He is best known for The Horse Whisperer.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Literary Birthday - 26 July

Happy Birthday, Nicholas Evans, born 26 July 1950

Five Quotes On Writing

  1. Read, read, and read. Then, when you think you’ve read enough and might know how to do it, find a story that moves you and tell it from the heart.
  2. Try not to copy anyone’s style and don’t think about the reader, just write for yourself.
  3. Be your characters, inhabit their heads; never bend the characters to fit the story; write what is true to them.
  4. Starting to write is a bit like going for a hike in a place you have never before visited with people you know little about. Before you set out, you study the map and then you drive there, put on your boots and your backpack of research and set off up the trail. At first, the characters you are hiking with will be like silhouettes; maybe you know just one or two key things about them. Once you start walking, you have to ask yourself all kinds of questions about them. Where was she born? What was his relationship like with his father? Did she go to college? Can she catch a ball, sail, speak French? Who was his first love? As you answer these questions, so the silhouettes begin to fill in and after a few miles you are getting to know who they are.
  5. [I write from] about 9.30am until around 7pm – then I go for a run and try to figure out what went wrong.

Evans is an English journalist, screenwriter, television and film producer and novelist. He is best known for The Horse Whisperer.

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— 2 days ago with 54 notes
#Nicholas Evans  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson  #Writers Write 
Quotable - Eric Hoffer, born 25 July 1902, died 21 May 1983
15 Quotes

Quotable - Eric Hoffer, born 25 July 1902, died 21 May 1983

15 Quotes

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#Eric Hoffer  #Literary Birthday  #quotes 
Happy Birthday, Elias Canetti, born 25 July 1905, died 14 August 1994
Seven Quotes
All things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.
The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.
When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind.
The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation, and it seems most true when it eschews artistic devices of any sort.
Canetti was a Bulgarian-born Swiss and British novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Elias Canetti, born 25 July 1905, died 14 August 1994

Seven Quotes

  1. All things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
  2. There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.
  3. The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.
  4. When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
  5. There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
  6. The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind.
  7. The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation, and it seems most true when it eschews artistic devices of any sort.

Canetti was a Bulgarian-born Swiss and British novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 3 days ago with 50 notes
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Quotable - Zelda Fitzgerald, born 24 July 1900, died 10 March 1948
10 Quotes 

Quotable - Zelda Fitzgerald, born 24 July 1900, died 10 March 1948

10 Quotes 

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Happy Birthday, Alexandre Dumas, born 24 July 1802, died 5 December 1870
12 Quotes
Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy.
One’s work may be finished someday, but one’s education never.
Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
There are two distinct sorts of ideas: Those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.
In business, sir, one has no friends, only correspondents.
Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.
As a general rule…people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.
The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.
True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.
Your life story is a novel; and people, though they love novels bound between two yellow paper covers, are oddly suspicious of those which come to them in living vellum, even when they are gilded.
Dumas was a French writer. He is most famous for historical adventure novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
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Happy Birthday, Alexandre Dumas, born 24 July 1802, died 5 December 1870

12 Quotes

  1. Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy.
  2. One’s work may be finished someday, but one’s education never.
  3. Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.
  4. There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
  5. There are two distinct sorts of ideas: Those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.
  6. In business, sir, one has no friends, only correspondents.
  7. Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.
  8. As a general rule…people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.
  9. The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
  10. There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.
  11. True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.
  12. Your life story is a novel; and people, though they love novels bound between two yellow paper covers, are oddly suspicious of those which come to them in living vellum, even when they are gilded.

Dumas was a French writer. He is most famous for historical adventure novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 4 days ago with 355 notes
#Alexandre Dumas  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson  #writers write 
Quotable - Raymond Chandler, born 23 July 1888, died 26 March 1959
10 Quotes on Writing

Quotable - Raymond Chandler, born 23 July 1888, died 26 March 1959

10 Quotes on Writing

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#Raymond Chandler  #Literary Birthday  #Quotes  #Lit 
Happy Birthday, Vikram Chandra, born 23 July 1961 
Seven Quotes
The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world.
I think it’s very true when you’re a writer and you sometimes you have to spend time poking at part of yourself that normal, sane people leave alone.
The novel is a technology that is fairly new, of recent invention. Yes, in the age of television and the Net, the novel will never again attain that central position of cultural authority and importance that it had in the eighteenth or nineteenth century, when it taught us to narrate our lives according to certain principles, to interpret the world in a particular way. But this doesn’t mean it’s dead. It’s still very much alive, and will continue to remain so.
It was 1987 when all the minimalist stuff was in vogue, and suddenly here I am with all these Indian gods making pronouncements. They’d say, ‘This is melodrama,’ and I would answer, ‘I know, but I like melodrama; we Indians do melodrama.
Read, read, read, and then explore your obsessions because I think that’s where the energy comes from. There’s nothing worse than starting something and then getting bored with it when you’re halfway through.
I like teaching. It takes me out of myself. I have a tendency to just camp out in some little hole with a computer and books and not emerge for a week, and that’s actually bad for me.
At some point in the semester I’ll get the question, ‘Why does every story have to have a conflict? Can’t we just write something different?’ And my answer is, ‘Yes you can, but will it work? Will anybody want to read it?’
Chandra is an Indian-American writer. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, won the 1996 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Vikram Chandra, born 23 July 1961 

Seven Quotes

  1. The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world.
  2. I think it’s very true when you’re a writer and you sometimes you have to spend time poking at part of yourself that normal, sane people leave alone.
  3. The novel is a technology that is fairly new, of recent invention. Yes, in the age of television and the Net, the novel will never again attain that central position of cultural authority and importance that it had in the eighteenth or nineteenth century, when it taught us to narrate our lives according to certain principles, to interpret the world in a particular way. But this doesn’t mean it’s dead. It’s still very much alive, and will continue to remain so.
  4. It was 1987 when all the minimalist stuff was in vogue, and suddenly here I am with all these Indian gods making pronouncements. They’d say, ‘This is melodrama,’ and I would answer, ‘I know, but I like melodrama; we Indians do melodrama.
  5. Read, read, read, and then explore your obsessions because I think that’s where the energy comes from. There’s nothing worse than starting something and then getting bored with it when you’re halfway through.
  6. I like teaching. It takes me out of myself. I have a tendency to just camp out in some little hole with a computer and books and not emerge for a week, and that’s actually bad for me.
  7. At some point in the semester I’ll get the question, ‘Why does every story have to have a conflict? Can’t we just write something different?’ And my answer is, ‘Yes you can, but will it work? Will anybody want to read it?’

Chandra is an Indian-American writer. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, won the 1996 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 5 days ago with 41 notes
#vikram chandra  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Quotable - Tom Robbins, born 22 July 1936
10 Quotes

Quotable - Tom Robbins, born 22 July 1936

10 Quotes

— 6 days ago with 197 notes
#tom robbins  #quotes  #lit  #Literary Birthday  #dragons 
Happy Birthday, Bryan Forbes, born 22 July 1926, died 8 May 2013
Eight Quotes
Writing is one of the loneliest of the arts; unlike the actor we have no immediate audience and must wait many long months, even years on occasion, for the splatter of applause to reach our ears, if indeed we are not damned by total neglect.
Nothing recedes like success.
An actor must have arrogance, conceit…I would never have made it as an actor, but I still have conceit.
I may not have come up the hard way, but I have come up the whole way.
I was a writer who became an actor who became a screenwriter who became a director. 
I remember saying to this particular savagely disturbed woman [who was protesting The Stepford Wives], “You’ve missed the whole point. A, it’s fantasy; B, if anybody looks stupid, it’s the men. It’s not an attack on women, it’s an attack on women being exploited by men.”
Life is pretty grotty, and anything that brings back a little Romanticism to life is not to be despised.
I have often found that, although we dump things, part of the egg remains and starts to gestate. We pull them out of our subconscious years later and use them again in a different project. 
Forbes was an English film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor and novelist. He books included International Velvet, The Rewrite Man, and The Soldier;s Story. He was well known as the director of the films, The Stepford Wives, Whistle Down the Wind, and King Rat. He also wrote several screenplays, including The League of Gentlemen.
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Happy Birthday, Bryan Forbes, born 22 July 1926, died 8 May 2013

Eight Quotes

  1. Writing is one of the loneliest of the arts; unlike the actor we have no immediate audience and must wait many long months, even years on occasion, for the splatter of applause to reach our ears, if indeed we are not damned by total neglect.
  2. Nothing recedes like success.
  3. An actor must have arrogance, conceit…I would never have made it as an actor, but I still have conceit.
  4. I may not have come up the hard way, but I have come up the whole way.
  5. I was a writer who became an actor who became a screenwriter who became a director. 
  6. I remember saying to this particular savagely disturbed woman [who was protesting The Stepford Wives], “You’ve missed the whole point. A, it’s fantasy; B, if anybody looks stupid, it’s the men. It’s not an attack on women, it’s an attack on women being exploited by men.”
  7. Life is pretty grotty, and anything that brings back a little Romanticism to life is not to be despised.
  8. I have often found that, although we dump things, part of the egg remains and starts to gestate. We pull them out of our subconscious years later and use them again in a different project. 

Forbes was an English film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor and novelist. He books included International Velvet, The Rewrite Man, and The Soldier;s Story. He was well known as the director of the films, The Stepford Wives, Whistle Down the Wind, and King Rat. He also wrote several screenplays, including The League of Gentlemen.

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— 6 days ago with 30 notes
#literary birthday  #bryan forbes  #amanda patterson 
Happy Birthday, S.E. Hinton, born 22 July 1948
10 Quotes
Anything you read can influence your work, so I try to read good stuff.
I like having a private name and a public name. It helps keep things straight.
I really do like listening to stuff that’s happened to other people. I guess that’s why I like to read.
I have no idea why I write. The old standards are: I like to express my feelings, stretch my imagination, earn money.
Movies can’t ruin books. They can only ruin movies.
I go straight from thinking about my narrator to being him.
You know what the crummiest feeling you can have is? To hate the person you love the best in the world.
I wish I was a kid again, when I had all the answers.
I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.
Susan Eloise Hinton is an American writer best known for The Outsiders, which she wrote during high school.
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Happy Birthday, S.E. Hinton, born 22 July 1948

10 Quotes

  1. Anything you read can influence your work, so I try to read good stuff.
  2. I like having a private name and a public name. It helps keep things straight.
  3. I really do like listening to stuff that’s happened to other people. I guess that’s why I like to read.
  4. I have no idea why I write. The old standards are: I like to express my feelings, stretch my imagination, earn money.
  5. Movies can’t ruin books. They can only ruin movies.
  6. I go straight from thinking about my narrator to being him.
  7. You know what the crummiest feeling you can have is? To hate the person you love the best in the world.
  8. I wish I was a kid again, when I had all the answers.
  9. I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
  10. If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.

Susan Eloise Hinton is an American writer best known for The Outsiders, which she wrote during high school.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 6 days ago with 95 notes
#S.E. Hinton  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson