July 1
James M. Cain (1892) Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce
Juan Carlos Onetti (1909) La Vida Breve, El Astillero
Lisa Scottoline (1955) Think Twice, Dirty Blonde, I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places

July 2
Hermann Hesse (1877) Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Nobel Prize for Literature

July 3
Franz Kafka (1883) The Metamorphosis, The Trial
Dave Barry (1947) I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Insane City, Never Land Adventures

July 4
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804) The Scarlet Letter, The House of Seven Gables
Neil Simon (1927) Playwright, The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park

July 5
Bill Watterson (1958) Calvin and Hobbes series

July 7
Robert A. Heinlein (1907) Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers
David McCullough (1933) John Adams, Truman, 1776
Eric Jerome Dickey (1961) The Blackbirds, Naughty or Nice
Jeff VanderMeer (1968) Southern Reach Trilogy

July 8
Anna Quindlen (1952) Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Miller’s Valley

July 9
Oliver Sacks (1933) Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Dean Koontz (1945) False Memory, Odd Thomas, Fear Nothing
Masami Tsuda (1970) Kare Kano Manga series

July 10
Marcel Proust (1871) Remembrance of Things Past
Alice Munro (1931) Runaway, Dear Life, Nobel Prize for Literature
Karen Russell (1981) Swamplandia!, Vampires in the Lemon Grove

July 11
E. B. White (1899) Charlotte’s Web
Harold Bloom (1930) Literary critic, Bloom’s Modern Critical Views

July 12
Henry David Thoreau (1817) Walden, Civil Disobedience
Pablo Neruda (1904) Poet, Nobel Prize for Literature
Donald E. Westlake (1933) Hard Case Crime series, Alan Grofield series

July 13
Jane Hamilton (1957) The Book of Ruth, A Map of the World

July 14
Owen Wister (1860) The Virginian
Irving Stone (1903) The Agony and the Ecstasy, Lust for Life
Jeff Lindsay (1952) Dexter Morgan series
Laura Numeroff (1953) If You Give Series, (A Pig a Pancake, A Moose a Muffin, et.al.)
Brian Selznick (1966) The Invention of Hugo Cabret, The Boy of a Thousand Faces

July 15
Clement Moore (1779) ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Iris Murdoch (1909) The Sea, the Sea, A Severed Head
Clive Cussler (1931) Dirk Pitt series, Oregon Files series
Richard Russo (1949) Empire Falls, Nobody’s Fool, That Old Cape Magic

July 16
Anita Brookner (1928) Hotel du Lac

July 17
Erle Stanley Gardner (1889) Perry Mason series
Mark Bowden (1951) Black Hawk Down, The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
Cory Doctorow (1971) Pirate Cinema, Homeland, Little Brother
July 18
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811) Vanity Fair, Barry Lyndon
Hunter S. Thompson (1937) Fear and loathing in Las Vegas, The Rum Diaries
Elizabeth Gilbert (1969) Eat, Pray, Love

July 19
Stephen Coonts (1946) Deep Black series, Jake Grafton series
Jayne Anne Phillips (1952) Lark and Termite, Quiet Dell
Garth Nix (1963) Abhorsen Trilogy, Old Kingdom series

July 20
Cormac McCarthy (1933) The Road, No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses
Thomas L. Friedman (1953) The World is Flat, Thank You for Being Late
Jess Walter (1965) Beautiful Ruins, The Financial Lives of the Poets

July 21
Hart Crane (1899) Poet, The Bridge
Ernest Hemingway (1899) For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, Nobel Prize Literature
John Gardner (1933) Grendel, Moriarty
Gary Trudeau (1948) Doonesbury series
Michael Connelly (1956) Harry Bosch series, Lincoln Lawyer series, Mickey Haller series
Ilyasah Shabazz (1962) X: A Novel

July 22
David Shields (1956) Dead Languages, How literature Saved My Life

July 23
Raymond Chandler (1888) The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely
Lauren Groff (1978) Fates and Furies, The Monsters of Templeton

July 24
Alexandre Dumas (1802) The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo
Zelda Fitzgerald (1900) Save Me the Waltz
John D. MacDonald (1916) Cape Fear

July 25
Robyn Carr (1951) Grace Valley Trilogy, Virgin River series

July 26
George Bernard Shaw (1856) Playwright, Saint Joan, Pygmalion, Nobel Prize Literature
Aldous Huxley (1894) Brave New World
Jean Shepherd (1921) A Christmas Story
Rick Bragg (1956) All Over But the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, The Prince of Frogtown

July 27
Bharati Mukherjee (1940) Desirable Daughters, The Tree Bride
July 28
Beatrix Potter (1866) Peter Rabbit books, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
John Ashbery (1927) Poet, Quick Question, Commotion of the Birds
Natalie Babbitt (1932) Tuck Everlasting, The Moon Over High Street

July 29
Alexis de Tocqueville (1905) Democracy in America
Chester Himes (1909) If He Hollers Let Him Go, Grave Digger Jones series
Chang Rae-Lee (1965) On Such a Full Sea, The Surrendered

July 30
Emily Bronte (1818) Wuthering Heights
Archer Mayor (1950) Joe Gunther series
Ann Brashares (1967) Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series

July 31
J. K. Rowling (1965) Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them