December 1st – Eugene Redmond

“And poetry is music’s twin.” Eugene Redmond, Drumvoices Eugene Redmond was born on December 1st, 1937, in St. Louis, Missouri. His mother died in 1946, and his father was not around, so he was raised by his grandmother and friends from church in East St. Louis. He was an observant child, always writing things down,… Read More December 1st – Eugene Redmond

December 2nd – Elizabeth Berg

“Isn’t that one of the great pleasures of reading? You enlarge your life in so many ways.” Elizabeth Berg Author Elizabeth Berg was born on December 2nd, 1948, in St. Paul, Minnesota. When she was three years old, her father re-enlisted in the Army, and her family frequently moved after that. Berg attended college at… Read More December 2nd – Elizabeth Berg

December 4th – Monro Leaf

“if one found some truths worth telling they should be told to the young in terms that were understandable to them.” Monro Leaf Wilbur Munro Leaf was born on December 4th, 1905, in Hamilton, Maryland. He grew up in Washington, D.C., and in 1927 graduated from the University of Maryland. In 1931 Leaf received his… Read More December 4th – Monro Leaf

December 6th – Evelyn Underhill

“All artist are of necessity in some measure contemplatives.”  -Evelyn Underhill Evelyn Underhill was born on December 6th, 1875, in Wolverhampton, England. Her father was a barrister and writer, and her mother the daughter of the justice of the peace. She was primarily educated at home, except for three years at a private school. She… Read More December 6th – Evelyn Underhill

December 7th – Willa Cather

“Nothing mattered … but writing books, and living the kind of life that made it possible to write them.” Willa Cather Willa Cather was born Wilella Sibert Cather on December 7th, 1873, in Gore, Virginia. She was the eldest of seven children, and when she was nine, the family moved from Virginia to Nebraska in… Read More December 7th – Willa Cather

December 8th – James Thurber

“Don’t get it right, just get it written.” James Thurber, Collecting Himself: James Thurber on Writing And Writers, Humor and Himself James Grover Thurber was born December 8th, 1894, in Columbus, Ohio. When he was seven years old, his brother accidentally shot him in the eye with an arrow. His parents took him to a… Read More December 8th – James Thurber

December 15th – Betty Smith

“The world was hers for the reading.”  Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, was born on December 15, 1896, in Brooklyn, New York. Her given name was Elisabeth Lillian Wehner. Her father, a first-generation American with German roots, was a waiter. She had a warm relationship… Read More December 15th – Betty Smith

December 16th – Jane Austen

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, in Stevenson, a small rural village in England. There is a plethora of biographical information about Jane Austen, so I’ll keep it brief… Read More December 16th – Jane Austen


Still reading? Happy December! Hope this season is full of magic and cheer.

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