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Happy Author’s Day!!! – What’s your favorite author?

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Every year on November 1, millions of people celebrate authors and the books that they write on National Author’s Day.

After her grandmother’s death in 1968, Sue Cole promoted the observance of National Authors Day.  She urged people to write a note to their favorite author on November 1, to “brighten up the sometimes lonely business of being a writer”.  She also suggested flying the American flag as another way of showing appreciation for the men and women who have created American literature. 

After her grandmother’s death in 1968, Sue Cole promoted the observance of National Authors Day.  She urged people to write a note to their favorite author on November 1, to “brighten up the sometimes lonely business of being a writer”.  She also suggested flying the American flag as another way of showing appreciation for the men and women who have created American literature. 

For a list of American novelists, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_novelists

In 1928, Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Bement, Illinois Women’s Club had an idea of setting aside a day to celebrate American authors.  McPherson was a teacher and throughout her life, an avid reader.  While she was recuperating in the hospital during World War I, she wrote a fan letter to fiction writer Irving Bacheller, telling him how much she enjoyed reading his story “Eben Holden’s Last Day A’ Fishin”.  Upon receiving her letter, Bacheller sent her an autographed copy of another story and it was then that McPherson realized that she would never be able to adequately thank him for his gift.  McPerson decided to show her appreciation by submitting an idea for a National Author’s Day to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.  A resolution was passed declaring November 1 as a day to honor American writers.  The United States Department of Commerce recognized this day in 1949.

Credit: National Calendar

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7 comments

  1. Authors:
    Noam Chomsky
    Warsan Shire
    John Connolly
    John Sandford
    Maya Angelou
    Nikki Giovanni
    Patricia Hill Collins
    Reza Aslan
    Alex Kava
    James Baldwin
    Audre Lorde
    Dr. Barbara Kellerman
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Yanick St. Jean
    Ann Rule
    Toni Morrison
    Khalil Gibran

  2. I had no idea today was National Author’s Day. How fun! Maybe someday, I’ll get to be on someone’s list. 🙂 Personally, most of my favorite authors are from England, so I suppose flying the Cross of St. George might be more appropriate than the American flag, but it’s a very interesting idea, and one I’ll not soon forget.

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