Authors brighten the world with their colorful stories that entertain children and adults alike. One day a year to appreciate them hardly seems like enough! There are many ways to honor and appreciate your favorites:
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Want to know more about how National Author's Day came to be? Here’s what the National Calendar had to say:
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.
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