National Author’s Day:
Celebrated on November 1st, every year, It’s a day dedicated to celebrating your favorite Authors and books!
Books have always been one of the sources of finding Inspiration, knowledge, and Ideas. Books have made our innocent Childhood, rebelling teenage, tweenage and rest of the adult life much fun. Thus It’s time to remember your favorite Authors for their contribution to all the good reads. Here is some interesting National Author’s day information that you haven’t come across before.
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Related: Other National Days Celebrated on November 1st:
Why Author’s Day?
Most of us have enjoyed reading a good book in one season of life or another. Some tap into their world of Imagination, whereas few others find their love for religion, science, non-fiction, and romance. There are many other categories too. But it is more often that we don’t remember the person who penned down those amazing books.
The United States Department of Commerce recognized this day of Observance in 1949 to honor the contributions of American Authors.
The thought was primarily initiated by Mrs. Nellie Verne Burt McPherson in 1928, who wanted to show appreciation for American writers by dedicating a day for them.
The story begins when Mrs. McPherson, being the president of a Women’s Club during the WWI, was a teacher and an avid reader as well. As she was recovering in a hospital, she read a short story written by Irving Bacheller “Eben Holden’s Last Day A’Fishin”(1907). Impressed by the story, she wrote a letter of appreciation to Mr. Bacheller. Things took a tremendous turn when Mr. Bacheller returned the kindness by sending Mrs. McPherson a copy of his new stories with his autograph on it. Overwhelmed with Joy and moved by the kind gesture, Mrs. McPherson felt there was no greater way to repay Mr. Bacheller. Thus in 1928, she made a suggestion to the General Federation of the Women’s club to dedicate a day to honor the work of American writers. There is no harm to say that the Author’s day was to show appreciation for writers who engage with their readers.
How we can Celebrate National Author’s Day:
Here are a few fun ways to observe national Author’s day!
- Re-Read a Book!
If you have a copy of your favorite Book, celebrate the day by reading that book again and soak up in nostalgia! Or read it with a group of like-minded friends!
- Visit a Library
You could also do something that you haven’t been able to do in a while, visit the library and get your hands on your favorite genre and read in tranquility
- Read for Children or Older Adults
You could use this day to read to children or older adults their favorite stories.
- Gift a book
If any of your loved ones are passionate readers, it’s the right time to gift them one as many of them may not have funds to buy a copy.
- Write a fan letter
Write a letter of appreciation for your favorite author on social media and let them know how much you like their work!
- Review a Book
It will be totally fun to share your favorite book review on your blog post or video post along with popular hashtags of the day #NationalAuthor’sDay, #Author’sDay
- Let the American Flag fly high
You may also show your honor for the Authors by flying the American flag high!
- Write your own story!
The best way is to write your own story! Try your hand at writing and who knows, you might become a great Author too!
Interesting Facts About National Author’s Day:
Let’s see some interesting news about famous Authors.
- Dan Brown, the author of “The Da Vinci Code” was a pop singer before his being famous as a novelist
- The name Vanessa was invented by Jonathan Swift
- Samuel Langhorne Clemens used the pseudonym ‘Josh’ to sign his writings until he settled for ‘Mark Twain’ as his pen name
- The word ‘verbicide’ was coined by C.S Lewis to denote the distortion of a word’s original meaning.
- William Shakespeare’s name on his marriage document in 1582 was spelled “William Shagspeare”.
History of National Author’s Day:
The National Author’s Day was first recognized to observe November 1st, 1948 by the United States Department of Commerce. However, the details behind choosing November 1st as a national Author’s day is exactly unknown. But it is linked to the suggestion of Mrs.Mc Pherson in 1928 who wanted to show appreciation for American Authors by dedicating a day for them.