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February 2023 Literary Calendar

Events in the month of February for writers and readers

African-American History Month

Creative Romance Month

International Friendship Month

Library Lovers’ Month

Famous February Birthdays

Other February Events

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January 2023 Literary Calendar

Events in the month of January for writers and readers

National Braille Literacy Month

Famous January Birthdays

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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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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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Still Fighting, Living and Writing!

Today, Saturday November 5, marks my 59th birthday, and I have to gloat on myself!  For the first time in a long while, I feel better than I have…in a long while!  For one thing I don’t feel a day older than 57!  And, even as I rapidly approach the seventh decade of my life, I’m determined never to get “old”.

I’ve had so much going on lately.  The COVID-19 pandemic decimated both my burgeoning freelance writing career and what savings I’d amassed over the previous years.  I’ve had trouble finding work, which I attribute in part to my age.  Other stuff has gone awry.  My truck is showing its age; the overhead garage door needs to be repaired; I need a new PC, CD player and DVD player.  I’ve had ongoing plumbing problems.  A job that was contract-to-hire (and that looked very promising) was pulled unexpectedly from me on Friday.

But my hair is still black; my face and body are in relatively good shape; I still enjoy writing and blogging; and – most importantly – I’m still alive!  I woke up this morning…well, more like this afternoon.

I’m also happy to say I’ve achieved that coveted status of “Dirty Old Man”!  Now I can emulate my dad and pretty much do and say whatever I want and not give a shit what people say about it!  What a glorious state of being!

As someone who has suffered from chronic depression most of my life and alcoholism most of my adult years, I’m glad to know I’ve made it to another year of life.  I haven’t given up on myself and neither should any of you!  If someone as deranged as me can live this long, just about anything can happen!

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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 Memoriam – Barbara Ehrenreich, 1941-2022

“No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.”

Barbara Ehrenreich

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September 2022 Literary Calendar

Events in the month of September for writers and readers

  • Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month
  • Library Card Sign Up Month
  • National Literacy Month
  • Read a New Book Month (also December)
  • September 4 – Richard Wright’s Birthday; Newspaper Carrier Day
  • September 6 – Read a Book Day
  • September 8 – International Literacy Day
  • September 18 – Read an E-book Day
  • September 18-24 – National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
  • September 21 – Stephen King’s Birthday
  • September 22 – Hobbit Day
  • September 22 – Dear Diary Day
  • September 24 – National Punctuation Day
  • September 24 – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Birthday
  • September 25 – National Comic Book Day
  • September 25-October 1 – Banned Books Week
  • September 29 – Miguel de Cervantes’ Birthday; National Coffee Day in the U.S.
  • September 30 – Truman Capote’s Birthday

Famous September Birthdays

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August 2022 Literary Calendar

Events in the month of August for writers and readers

  • Romance Awareness Month
  • August 2 – National Coloring Book Day
  • August 7 – Purple Heart Day
  • August 9 – Book Lover’s Day (also November 6)
  • August 18 – Bad Poetry Day
  • August 21 – Poet’s Day
  • August 31 – We Love Memoirs Day

Famous August Birthdays

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