Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November 1st is National Author's Day

National Authors’ Day was adopted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1929. (Note: but apparently the holiday has slipped under their radar, since I could find no mention of it on their Web site.)

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…”

In celebration of National Author's Day how fitting it is to celebrate by starting National Novel Writing Month. I title myself author, but I do not stand with the greats I admire.

In honor of National Author's Day here are a few of my favorite's:
Kahlil Gibran, was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of the Ottoman Mount Lebanon mutasarrifate), as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known in the English speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, and became extremely popular in the 1960s counterculture.Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.

Henry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) (properly pronounced Thaw-roe)[1] was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.


Emma said...

Thanks for the info about Author's day. I was taken with the quote by Khalil Gibran. Words are often beautiful sounds in themselves, particularly if the echo the meaning. In French my favourite is "flocon de neige" (Floh-koh de nehj) which means snowflake. The sounds kinda fall in a soft tumble.
I'm gonna tell everyone that this is an Author's day and they've gotta be nice to me. So what if I'm not in the U.S.A?
Kind Regards, Emma Calin.

Michelle said...

That so great! I'd never heard of Nationa Author day. Thanks for sharing.

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