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Monday, October 24, 2016

Writing 'to fit' the tale

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).
Donoghue, who was born in Ireland but makes her                   
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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