Month of Literary Days

July 29, 2017
  • Birthday of Stanley Kunitz (7/29/1905 - 5/14/2006)


    Celebrated American poet Stanley Kunitz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and educated at Harvard University. His beloved collections have won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award for Poetry; other accolades and awards include serving as Poet Laureate for the Library of Congress, the Robert Frost Award, and the Bollingen Prize for a lifetime achievement in poetry.

July 31, 2017
  • Birthday of B. J. Novak (7/31/1979)


    Massachusetts native and Harvard graduate B. J. Novak is an author, actor, screenwriter, director and stand-up comedian. Best known for his work on the popular television series "The Office" as a writer, producer and cast member, Novak has written two New York Times bestselling books, "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories" and a children's picture book, "The Book With No Pictures."

August 1, 2017
  • Birthday of Herman Melville (8/1/1819 - 9/28/1891)


    Massachusetts (Boston and the Berkshires) was Herman Melville's home as an adult, during which he published novels, short stories and poetry and befriended Nathaniel Hawthorne. Best known for "Typee" and Moby-Dick," Melville did not know receive great reviews or success for his writing during his lifetime; it was not until the centennial of his birth that an interest in his books started a "Melville Revival;" his major novels and stories have become literary classics worldwide.

August 4, 2017
  • Birthday of Dennis Lehane (8/4/1965)


    Best-selling and award-winning author and screenwriter Dennis Lehane was born and educated in Boston, and has based most of his novels in his hometown. The success of his writing has led to several film adaptations, including "Mystic River" (for which he won the 2002 Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction), "Shutter Island," and "Gone, Baby Gone." Lehane has also taught fiction writing at several colleges, including Harvard University.

August 11, 2017
  • Birthday of Andre Dubus II (8/11/1936 - 2/24/1999)


    Compared to Anton Chekhov and considered one of the greatest American short story writers of the twentieth century, Andre Dubus II won numerous awards and accolades for his short stories, poetry and autobiographical work. He is best known for his collections of short fiction "Adultery & Other Choices," "The Times Are Never So Bad," and "The Last Worthless Evening." Referred to as a "writer's writer," Dubus taught literature and creative writing for many years at Bradford College.

August 12, 2017
  • Birthday of Katharine Lee Bates (8/12/1859 - 3/28/1929)


    Most famous for writing the words for "America the Beautiful," Katharine Lee Bates was a prolific writer and editor of poetry, travel books and children's books, as well as songs. She graduated from Wellesley College and taught high school for a few years before returning to teach at her alma mater, where she became a full professor of English literature and the Katharine Lee Bates Professorship was established after her death.