Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, President of the Bement Illinois Women’s Club, suggested it in 1928 as a means of thanking her favorite author, Irving Bacheller – author of “Eben Holden’s Last Day A Fishin.” The U.S. Department of Commerce recognized the date of November 1st as National Author’s Day in 1949.
This observance was adopted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1929 and in 1949 was given a place on the list of special days, weeks and months prepared by the US Department of Commerce. The resolution states in part: “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.” It was also resolved “that we commemorate an Authors’ Day to be observed on November First each year.”
Recognizing the importance of writing in the lives of us all, NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) established and celebrated its first National Day on Writing on October 20, 2009. In 2011, at NCTE’s request, the U.S. Senate passed Resolution S.298 declaring October 20 the National Day on Writing!