National Author’s Day is a holiday dedicated to the wonderful works of American authors. Each work is an amazing story filled with a kaleidoscope of emotions – joy, love, hatred, fear, envy, empathy, perseverance, heroism. November 1 is the time to remember your favorite books and re-read them.
The events took place in 1928, in the state of Illinois, where a women’s club met regularly to talk about their favorite writers. At one of these meetings, Nelly Verne Bert McPherson suggested that such a day should be dedicated to American authors. She explained her idea this way.
One day she was in the hospital reading Buckeller Irving’s story “Eben Holden’s Last Day Fishing.” She liked the work so much that she wrote a letter to the author, and what a surprise it was when in return the woman received a copy of the following story and the writer’s autograph. The only way to express our gratitude to all American writers is to set aside a day in their honor. Everyone liked the idea, at first the holiday was celebrated in a narrow circle, but in 1949 the US Department of Commerce recognized National Author’s Day as an official event.
Interesting facts about American writers
- Dan Brown was a singer before writing the famous book The Da Vinci Code.
- Jonathan Swift came up with the beautiful name Vanessa.
- Mark Twain’s real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, but the writer originally used the pseudonym Josh.
- Clive Staples Lewis coined the term “verbicide”, which means a deliberate misrepresentation of a word.
- Visit the city of Key West in Florida, where the famous Ernest Hemingway look-alike competition is held annually at Sloppy Joe’s bar.
How to celebrate
You can join the holiday in many ways – either re-read your favorite book, or read a book that you have not read yet. Go to the nearest library and ask the librarian for advice. Maybe you like classics like The Great Gatsby or The Grapes of Wrath, or maybe you like the quirky, chilling stories of Stephen King. If you don’t feel like reading, watch a film adaptation of an American book.
When is National Author’s Day celebrated in 2022?
National Author’s Day is observed on November 1 each year.