National Authors Day

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2020 DateNovember 1, 2020
2021 DateNovember 1, 2021
National Authors Day

National Authors Day History

National Author’s Day seeks to celebrate authors and their work. This day was created in 1928 by the president of the Illinois Women’s Club, Nellie Verne Burt McPherson. McPherson thought of the idea after receiving a signed copy of a novel from one of her favorite authors, Irving Bacheller. To show her appreciation, and to let others share theirs, McPherson submitted the idea for National Author’s Day to the General Federation of the Women’s Club.

National Author’s Day was officially recognized in 1949 by the U.S Department of Commerce. It is observed annually on November 1st.

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National Authors Day Facts

  • Several authors have written hundreds of books. These include Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, Kathleen Mary Lindsay, Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski, and R. L. Stine.
  • The oldest multi-page 'book' ever found was the Etruscan Gold Book. It is estimated to be 2673 years old and has been dated back to 660 BC.
  • Authors with the highest salaries include James Patterson, $86 million, JK Rowling, $54 million, Stephen King $27 million, and John Grisham, $21 million.

National Authors Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Write your own novel! Expressing an idea or experience can be fun and fulfilling. Once you're done, or if you’ve already written one, check out How to Publish for tips on publishing your novel.
  • Find something new to read. Check out Finding Books to Read for some ways to find new books.
  • Spread the joy of reading by donating books you've already read. Also, try to donate to reputable organizations that work to improve child literacy like the Children's Literacy Initiative.

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