We Love Memoirs Day is celebrated on August 31st by those readers who prefer the particular genre of literature known as memoirs. Memoirs are people’s memories of their past, and can be written by both famous people who have influenced the course of history, and completely unknown individuals. We Love Memoirs Day was founded in 2013 by two writers, Victoria Tweed and Alan Parks, who wanted to create a friendly space for connoisseurs of such literature, where they could discuss a variety of memoirs and exchange views. The holiday quickly gained popularity all over the world.
The first work in the memoir genre is the famous work of Aurelius Augustine, consisting of 13 autobiographical books, named by the author “Confession” and written around 397-400 AD. However, if we take ancient literature into account, then Blessed Augustine is not at all the pioneer of the genre! The famous Roman commander and dictator of Rome, Lucius Cornelius Sulla, nicknamed Felix (Lucky), renounced dictatorial power, retired and began writing memoirs around 79-78 BC.
On this holiday, it is important to remember the history of the wonderful memoir genre.
How to take part
There are several ways in which you can celebrate We Love Memoirs Day:
- Find new memoirs to read. Choose a book from a person from an era or country that you have never been interested in before, and gain new experiences.
- Create your own group or community to discuss a variety of memoirs.
- Try writing your own memoir! One of the famous writers said that everyone can write one wonderful book about their own life.
When is We Love Memoirs Day celebrated in 2023?
We Love Memoirs Day is observed on August 31 each year.