"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." - Oprah Winfrey
Sometimes I feel like I must live under a rock. I had no clue that November 1 was National Authors’ Day! What? You didn’t know either?
I didn’t dream up this holiday. I ran across it while thumbing through my 2008 edition of Chase’s Calendar of Events. National Authors’ Day was adopted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1929. In 1949 the US Department of Commerce awarded the observance a place on its list of special days, making it official.
The resolution states:
“by celebrating an Authors’ Day as a nation, we would not only show patriotism, loyalty, and appreciation of the men and women who have made American literature possible, but would also encourage and inspire others to give of themselves in making a better America…”
Yet, not once have I received a Happy Authors’ Day or a Thank You, Author card. What’s going on with this? I was under the impression that Hallmark had cards for all occasions. How has this very auspicious day been allowed to slip under the radar?
My web search turned up little. I clicked on the site for my local library; the events page was blank. I checked the calendar of events for Fort Myers and one for the News Press, and still no mention of National Authors’ Day.
I bet the original founders of this very special day would be quite upset to know November 1 slips by unnoticed by most everyone—including authors.
It’s not too late to hold a belated celebration this year. Folks could take an author to lunch or dinner. That’s always a nice gesture. However, I think the best way to show support of National Authors’ Day is for everyone to buy a book (or two, or three), particularly books written by lesser known authors. Hmmm…let me think…The Ride sounds like an ideal selection!
Now that I’ve crawled out from under that rock, I’m off to Las Vegas. Thanks for stopping by.
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