February 2

Birthdays: James Joyce (1882), Johnston McCulley (1883), William Rose Benet (1886), Ayn Rand (1905), James Dickey (1923), Ina Garten (1948), Judith Viorst (1931),Thomas Disch (1940), Josephine Humphreys (1945), R. Scott Bakker (1967), Santa Montefiore (1970)

James Joyce wrote stream of consciousness form in works like Ulysses.

Johnston McCulley created the character Zorro.

William Benet won the 1942 Pulitzer for Poetry for “The Dust Which is God”

Ayn Rand is most famous for her book “Atlas Shrugged”

James Dickey was the eighteenth Poet Laureate of the US and author of the novel “Deliverance” which was made into the 1972 movie.

Judith Viorst is most well known for her children’s books like “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Quote: “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.” – Ayn Rand

Tip: Most books are built around a central theme—a social problem, moral issue, intellectual question, etc. What is your story about?

Jumpstart: You’re stranded on a desert island. What do you have with you and what can you do to save yourself?

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