We here at Landmark Books are willing to bet you weren’t aware of this holiday. It is a holiday celebrating American authors called National Author’s Day. It is celebrated every November 1st. The holiday was the brainchild of Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Illinois Women’s Club. She was also a teacher and avid reader. After suffering an injury she was incapacitated for a number of months and was inspired to write a letter to an author she admired. The author, Irving Bacheller was so inspired by her letter that he sent her an autographed copy of a story he had written. McPherson wanted to figure a way to thank him for his generosity and thank American authors for their efforts. She submitted the idea for National Author’s Day to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1928. It was recognized in 1949 by the United States Department of Commerce designating November 1st as a national holiday. McPherson encouraged people to write to their favorite authors on November 1st to, as she put it, “brighten up the sometimes lonely business of being a writer”. She also encouraged people to fly the American flag that day to show appreciation for American writers. So if you have a favorite American author, take a moment and send them a letter or an email thanking them for what they do or fly your flag high in recognition of American authors. If you can’t think of an American writer, stop by Traverse City’s premier used bookstore, Landmark Books for some suggestions.