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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, January 22, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, January 22, 2022

It was on this day in 1938 that Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” was premiered at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, January 21, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, January 21, 2022

“I just try, like any writer, to be entertaining and interesting. I want people to get some pleasure and to learn something.”–Louis Menand (1952), American Critic and essayist.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, January 20, 2022

Novelist Tami Hoag was born on this day, 1959. One good thing about being a writer, she said, is “I’m not obligated to look good on a daily basis.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Today is the 76th birthday of Dolly Parton, author of thousands of songs, an autobiography in 2021, as well as the children’s book “Coat of Many Colors” (2019).

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, January 18, 2022

It’s the birthday of A.A. Milne (1882), who created Winnie-the Pooh. The iconic “bear of very little brain” entered the public domain this year, 2022.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, January 17, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, January 17, 2022

Today is the birthday of the youngest of the Brontë sisters, Anne Brontë. At age 29 she was the third of the four Bronte children to die of Tuberculosis.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, January 16, 2022

Today is the birthday of three very different modern writers: food writer Ruth Reichl (1948), poet Mary Karr (1955), and activist Susan Sontag (1933).

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, January 15, 2022

Today is the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (1929). He said, “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, January 14, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, January 14, 2022

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd celebrates her 70th birthday today. She said, “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, January 13, 2022

On this day in 1968 country musician Johnny Cash recorded a live concert at Folsom Prison in California.

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