Month of Literary Days

June 27, 2017
  • Birthday of Anita Diamant (6/27/1951)


    Best-selling fiction and nonfiction author Anita Diamant has lived in Massachusetts for more than forty years, where she began her career as a journalist and went on to write five novels. The most recent, "The Boston Girl," was a 2015 Massachusetts Book Awards Must Read Book. She is best known for "The Red Tent" and has also written many nonfiction books about Jewish life and practice.

July 2, 2017
  • Birthday of Jack Gantos (7/2/1951)


    Jack Gantos, best-selling and award-winning author of children's books, is best known for his Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza series. A professor of creative writing and literature, Gantos received BA and MA degrees from Emerson College in Boston, where he also developed master's degree programs in children's book writing. Amongst his numerous awards (including a Newbery Medal for "Dead End for Norvelt"), Gantos won the 2003 Massachusetts Book Award for Children's Literature for "Hole in My Life."

July 3, 2017
  • Birthday of Charlotte Perkins Gilman (7/3/1860 - 8/17/1935)


    Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a writer, utopian feminist, and sociologist. While she wrote novels, short stories, plays, poetry and nonfiction, she gained most notoriety for her short story "The Yellow Wallpaper," a popular success for the Feminist Press, and her books "Women and Economics" and "The Home: Its Work and Influence."

  • Birthday of Richard Michelson (7/3/1953)


    Poet, children's book author, and art dealer Richard Michelson has won numerous awards for his writing, and is the author of "S is For Sea Glass," a 2015 Massachusetts Book Awards "Must Read." Michelson is Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, and serves as Curator of Exhibitions at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass.

July 4, 2017
  • Birthday of Nathaniel Hawthorne (7/4/1804 - 5/19/1864)


    Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in and spent most of his life in Massachusetts, and much of his writing focuses on New England and Puritanism. He wrote short stories and novels, was strongly linked to the literary subgenre of Dark Romanticism, and is best known for his novels "The Scarlet Letter" and The House of the Seven Gables, and his short story collection "Twice-Told Tales." He is usually shortlisted as the greatest American novelist.

July 5, 2017
  • Birthday of Andrew Bacevich (7/5/1947)


    American historian Andrew Bacevich is a retired career officer of the U.S. Army and is a Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University, teaching security studies, foreign policy, and American diplomatic and military history. His books and essays cover American foreign policy since World War II, and he has been particularly outspoken against the war in Iraq.

July 7, 2017
  • Birthday of David McCullough (7/7/1933)


    Author, narrator, historian and lecturer David McCullough wrote his first book, "The Johnstown Flood," after spending stints as a researcher at Time, Life, American Heritage, and the United States Information Agency. Ten more books have followed, along with two Pulitzer Prizes (for "Truman" and "John Adams"), two National Book Awards (for "The Path Between the Seas" about the Panama Canal and "Mornings on Horseback" about Teddy Roosevelt), and other awards. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and makes his home in Boston.

July 12, 2017
  • Birthday of Henry David Thoreau (7/12/1817 - 5/6/1862)


    Now a Massachusetts icon, Henry David Thoreau was a leading transcendentalist who wrote prolifically about his interests in nature, abolition, history and philosophy, social justice and activism. He is best known for "Walden" and "Resistance to Civil Government." Thoreau was born and died in Concord, Massachusetts, and spent much of his life there, being mentored by Ralph Waldo Emerson and the other Concord writers and thinkers of the day: Margaret Fuller, Bronson Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

July 13, 2017
  • George Arthur Plimpton's Birthday


    b. 7/13/1855

July 17, 2017
  • Birthday of Erle Stanley Gardner (7/17/1889 - 3/11/1970)


    Born in Massachusetts, Erle Stanley Gardner was the best-selling American author of the twentieth century at the time of his death in 1970. Best known for his Perry Mason series of detective stories, he was an extraordinarily prolific writer of novels and short stories, under various pseudonyms, as well as nonfiction, primarily travel writing.

July 19, 2017
  • Birthday of Jayne Anne Phillips (7/19/1952)


    Award-winning short-story writer and novelist Jayne Anne Phillips is Founder/Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Rutgers, and past teaching posts have included Harvard, Williams and Boston University. She won the 2001 Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction for "Motherkind."

July 20, 2017
  • Birthday of Dan Shaughnessy (7/20/1953)


    A Massachusetts native educated at the College of the Holy Cross, Dan Shaughnessy began his sportswriting career at the Baltimore Evening Sun. He has been a sports reporter and columnist at The Boston Globe for almost 35 years, and has written many sports-related books, including "The Curse of the Bambino" and "Reversing the Curse." He is the 2016 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing," presented by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

July 24, 2017
  • Birthday of Steven Cramer (7/24/1953)


    American poet and essayist Steven Cramer makes his home in Massachusetts, currently teaching Creative Writing at Lesley University. He is widely published in reviews and has published many collections of award-winning poetry.