November 1st was National Author’s day. Officially adopted by the Department of Commerce in 1949, the idea for the day originated with teacher and avid reader Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, but its observance was popularized by McPherson’s granddaughter, Sue Cole, after McPherson’s passing in 1968. Cole urged people to write a note to their favorite author on the 1st to “brighten up the sometimes lonely business of being a writer.”1 These days you’re probably more likely to tweet an author you admire (official hashtag: #NationalAuthorsDay), but showing your appreciation is still encouraged.
If you’re an aspiring author yourself, there’s no better time to get started than November. November 1-30 is also National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. This month you can join in with thousands of other writers worldwide in tackling a 50,000 word original novel in just 30 days. For those who like writing better than math, that’s just over 1666 words or about 4 pages per day. A challenge to be sure, but there’s plenty of community support and badges to earn as you track your progress. Learn more and start your novel here.
For authors within the Touro community, this month the library will be hosting its annual Faculty Author Appreciation Reception on November 5th. This event follows the release of this year’s Faculty Publications book. Information on all of our faculty’s current and past publications are also collected in a searchable online database.
Whether you’re a reader or a writer (or both!), the chilly days of November are a perfect time to curl up with a good book or a notepad and delve into the written word. Share your favorite authors or your NaNoWriMo plans in the comments!