About National Authors’ Day
In 1928, Nellie Verne Burt, the president of the Illinois Women’s club, read a book by Irving Bacheller.
Afterwards, Nellie sent Bachelor a note expressing her love for his book, and as a thank you to her, Bacheller sent Nellie a signed copy of one of his other books.
Moved by his kind gesture, she wanted a way to honor him and other authors for their craft.
Nellie came up with the idea to recognize American authors and presented an idea to the Generation Federation of Women’s Clubs and in May 1929, the club approved and issued an endorsement to celebrate American Authors on National Author’s Day
Then in 1949, 20 years later the US Department of Commerce acknowledged National Author’s Day and the holiday has been celebrated across the country every year since.
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