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December 2022 Literary Calendar

Events in the month of December for writers and readers

Read a New Book Month (also September)

Famous December Birthdays

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Happy Thanksgiving 2022!

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

William Arthur Ward

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2022

“When another writer in another house is not free, no writer is free.”

Orhan Pamuk

Every year on November 15 PEN International launches its Day of the Imprisoned Writer campaign, highlighting the cases of writers around the globe who are imprisoned or facing prosecution and calling for urgent international action to release and protect them.  Free speech and a free press are treasured features of any society, and writers often serve as the link between truth and lies.

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Veteran’s Day 2022

George Washington

Veteran’s Day

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November 2022 Literary Calendar

Events in the month of November for writers and readers

Movember (Men’s Health Month)

National Family Literacy Month

National Memoir Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

Picture Book Month

  • 1 – All Saint’s Day; Author’s Day; Day of the Dead; National Family Literacy Day
  • 2 – All Soul’s Day; National Stress Awareness Day
  • 3 – National Non-Fiction Day (U.K.); National Homemaker Day; National Sandwich Day; National Men Make Dinner Day
  • 5 – National Redhead Day; World Tsunami Awareness Day; The Chief’s Birthday
  • 6 – Book Lovers Day
  • 8 – Young Readers Day; Margaret Mitchell’s Birthday
  • 9 – Go to an Art Museum Day; International Day Against Fascism; World Adoption Day; World Freedom Day
  • 10 – World Science Day for Peace and Development
  • 11 – Veteran’s Day (U.S.); Singles Day
  • 12 – National Happy Hour Day; World Pneumonia Day
  • 13 – Robert Louis Stevenson’s Birthday; World Kindness Day
  • 14 – World Diabetes Day
  • 15 – I Love to Write Day; National Entrepreneur’s Day; National Philanthropy Day; Recycling Day (U.S.)
  • 17 – International Student’s Day; National Homemade Bread Day; National Rural Health Day; World Philosophy Day
  • 18 – High-Five a Librarian Day
  • 19 – International Men’s Day
  • 20 – Future Teachers of America Day; National Absurdity Day; Universal Children’s Day
  • 21 – Voltaire’s Birthday; World Hello Day; World Television Day
  • 23 – National Adoption Day
  • 24 – Thanksgiving (U.S.)
  • 26 – National Family Health History Day; Small Business Saturday (U.S.)
  • 28 – National French Toast Day; Cyber Monday (U.S.)
  • 29 – Louisa May Alcott’s Birthday
  • 30 – Mark Twain’s Birthday; International Computer Security Day; National Personal Space Day

Famous November Birthdays

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Happy Halloween 2022!

“I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.”

Carolyn MacCulloughOnce a Witch

Samhain Rituals and Traditions

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October 2022 Literary Calendar

Events in the month of October for writers and readers

  • National Book Month
  • National Reading Group Month
  • October 1 – International Coffee Day
  • October 2 – Name Your Car Day
  • October 3 – Techies Day
  • October 7 – World Smile Day
  • October 6 – Mad Hatter Day
  • October 9 – Curious Events Day
  • October 10 – Indigenous People’s Day
  • October 11 – Myth and Legends Day; National Coming Out Day
  • October 12 – Cookbook Launch Day; Moment of Frustration Day
  • October 13 – International Skeptic’s Day
  • October 15 – Mario Puzo’s Birthday
  • October 16 – Noah Webster’s Birthday; Oscar Wilde’s Birthday; Dictionary Day
  • October 16-22 – National Friends of Libraries Week
  • October 19 – Evaluate Your Life Day
  • October 20 – National Day on Writing
  • October 21 – Alfred Nobel’s Birthday; Babbling Day
  • October 22 – Smart Is Cool Day
  • October 25 – Pablo Picasso’s Birthday; Howl at the Moon Night
  • October 27 – National Tell a Story Day (Scotland; U.K.)
  • October 29 – Hermit Day
  • October 31 – Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

Famous October Birthdays

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Banned Books Week 2022

I know I’m running late with this, but it’s Banned Books Week, the annual commemoration of free speech and free press.  As always, some people feel they have the authority to determine what the rest of us can see and read.  They start with the schools and libraries under the familiar guise of protecting the children, but the ultimate goal is to restrict literature and education.

All writers and bloggers should always stand up to any kind of censorship.  Remember, no one – absolutely no one – has the right to select what you can and cannot read!

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In Remembrance: September 11, 2001

“Without knowledge of the past we shall lose the future.”

Celtic Proverb

911 Memorial

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Labor Day 2022

“Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?”

Edgar Bergen

Image: Loose Parts

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