“Writers should be applauded for their ability to make things up.” – Emma Donoghue
While (hopefully) she’s talking about fiction, she’s also written a number of great essays and nonfiction works and earned plenty of applause for almost everything she’s done.
Born on this date in 1962, Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter Donoghue is perhaps best known for her 2010 novel Room, a finalist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize, an international best-seller, and the Academy Award-nominated movie by the same name (for which she adapted the screenplay).
home in Canada, has written one award winner after another – 17 books in all, including her 2016 psycho-drama The Wonder –since she started writing at age 23. While many of her works are “historical fiction,” she’s been hard to categorize – something for which she’s very happy.
“You know the way there are two kinds of actors - the De Niro kind who's always De Niro, and then somebody like Daniel Day-Lewis, who transforms himself eerily? Well, I aim to be the Daniel Day-Lewis kind of writer. I don't have a house style.”
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