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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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Word of the Week – July 30, 2022

Notionate

[NO-shuh-nit]

Adjective

English, 19th century

Notional. Existing as or based on a suggestion, estimate, or theory; not existing in reality.  Given to fanciful thinking or exaggerated imagination.

The term is a combination of the English word “notion,” from the Latin “nōtiō,” with the suffix “-ate,” with creates an adjective based on “notion.”

“Notionate” has been overtaken in English by its synonym “notional,” and exists today mainly as a regional expression in the Southern U.S., Northern Ireland, and in Scotland. In nearly all contexts, the term has been used to describe a state of exaggerated imagination. For example, a person describing their grandfather as “old-fashioned and notionate” might be implying that the man is very superstitious and believes in ghosts, elves, or other notionate creatures.

Example: My tendency towards notionate thinking as a kid helped me get through the difficulties of those years.

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Word of the Week – July 23, 2022

Irrupt

[i-ˈrəpt]

Verb

Latin, 19th century

To enter suddenly or forcibly; to become suddenly active; referring to a natural population, to expand suddenly in numbers due to a change in the natural balance

Irrupt is very close in sound and meaning to erupt, though only irrupt can mean to enter a room uninvited.

Example: After recent Supreme Court decisions, I feel the number of concerned voters will irrupt into positive social change.

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Word of the Week – July 16, 2022

Eunomy

[YOO-nə-mee]

Noun

Ancient Greek

Equal law, or a well-adjusted constitution of government.

This word comes from the ancient Greek “eu-,” meaning “well, good” and “-nomy,” rooted in the Greek “​​nómos,” meaning “law or custom.” The word “eunomy” can easily be mistaken for “euonym” because they are anagrams for each other. While the former means “equal law,” the latter is “a name well suited to the person, place, or thing named.” Both have the Greek suffix “eu-” that means “good.” The “-onym” in “euonym” is the Greek root for “name.”

Example: After the last few months, I’m no longer certain our government is a true eunomy.

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Word of the Week – July 9, 2022

Inveigle

[in-VAY-ɡəl]

Verb

French, 15th century

Persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery. Gain entrance to (a place) by persuading (someone) with deception or flattery.

Inveigle is a verb that can be used with an object – “She inveigled him into giving her a better table.”  Or it can be used in a sense specifically related to gaining entry to a place – “He inveigled himself into the meeting room.”  Either way, there’s some trickery afoot.

You might claim that you made a good case for your request, but if your persuasion involved deception or flattery, you need to learn the verb inveigle.  It comes from an Old French verb “aveugler”, meaning to blind. Just don’t turn a blind eye to your true motivations.

Example: I feel the most conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court inveigled their way onto the bench.

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Word of the Week – July 2, 2022

Trenchant

[TREN-chənt]

Adjective

Middle English, 13th century

Being sharp, intense, and forceful. Characterized by energy and effectiveness

Trenchant is often used to describe commentary or criticism. If you have a trenchant delivery, you’re known for your biting wit. An obsolete definition of trenchant means physically having a sharp blade. While the adjective is now used in a more figurative sense, a powerful, trenchant remark can still leave wounds.

Example: My trenchant descriptions of U.S. politics alienates some people, but excites others.

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July 2022 Literary Calendar

Events in the month of July for writers and readers

  • July 1 – Canada Day / International Joke Day
  • July 2 – I Forgot Day / World UFO Day
  • July 3 – Compliment Your Mirror Day / Disobedience Day
  • July 4 – Independence Day (U.S.) / National Country Music Day
  • July 5 – National Apple Turnover Day / National Bikini Day / National Workaholics Day
  • July 6 – International Kissing Day / National Fried Chicken Day
  • July 7 – Chocolate Day / Global Forgiveness Day
  • July 8 – National Blueberry Day / National Motorcycle Day (2nd Friday in July)
  • July 9 – National Sugar Cookie Day
  • July 10 – Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  • July 11 – Cheer Up the Lonely Day / National Blueberry Muffin Day / World Population Day
  • July 12 – Pecan Pie Day / National Different Colored Eyes Day
  • July 13 – Barbershop Music Appreciation Day / National French Fry Day
  • July 13 – Embrace Your Geekness Day
  • July 14 – Bastille Day / National Macaroni and Cheese Day / National Nude Day / Shark Awareness Day
  • July 15 – Be a Dork Day / Cow Appreciation Day / National Give Something Away Day
  • July 17 – National Ice Cream Day
  • July 20 – Moon Day
  • July 21 – National Be Somebody Day
  • July 22 – Hammock Day
  • July 23 – National Day of the Cowboy / Vanilla Ice Cream Day
  • July 24 – Amelia Earhart Day / Cousins Day / National Tequila Day / Parents’ Day
  • July 26 – All or Nothing Day
  • July 27 – Walk on Stilts Day
  • July 29 – International Tiger Day
  • July 30 – International Day of Friendship
  • July 31 – Mutt’s Day / National Avocado Day

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