History of National Author's Day
The renowned French philosopher, Michel Foucault, once asked, “What is an author?” He argued that the idea of authorship – of accrediting the work to a single individual – has deep affects on its interpretation by the reader. Further, heady, philosophical arguments ensued but the bottom line remains – authors are creators, through and through.
They are, more or less, the ones who have written novels, poems, graphic novels, text books, and so much more. From William Shakespeare being the most famous of authors (and, debatably, a number of authors operating under one pen name), back in the 1500s, enthralling and satirizing royalty and common people in ways that still resonate today; all the way to J.K. Rowling and Stephen King, who can create both fantastical and horrifying worlds and landscapes that allow us to reflect and provide insight on our own more mundane realities.
Regardless of what time period or where they’re from, authors have always had the ability to teach, entertain, and move us – even back to old, blind Homer, telling his Odyssey without even writing it down.
That brings us back to Foucault’s question. Homer never actually wrote a word. He recited his poems aloud to whomever would listen and, as he gained followers, they committed his words to paper. Yet history has forgotten the writers and gifted us Homer as the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey.
So what is an author? Well, historically and permanently, it’s someone who uses their words to move their followers.
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National Author's Day Activities
Tweet at your favorite author today
Thanks to social media, authors and readers can have much more interaction. Send your favorite author(s) a quick tweet letting them know they made a difference for you! (And don't forget to hashtag with #NationalAuthorsDay.)
Buy a book and give it to a friend
Share the gift of your favorite author with a friend. Make sure to leave a positive review on Amazon at the same time!
Give some time to the author inside of you
Why not take an hour to write a story, a recent experience, or a poem? Possibly the greatest respect you can show an author is letting them inspire you to write.
Why We Love National Author's Day
Writing is an art
A turn of phrase. An observation of everyday life and human condition. Authors are able to entertain us, move us—and every now and then—change us.
Writing can be difficult...and lonely
There may be a reason why many authors suffered from depression and alcoholism—it's lonely and often, thankless, work. Getting a little appreciation for the sacrifices that go into writing can probably go a long way.
Don't we all want to write a book (one day)?
Most probably think there is a book inside us, somewhere. A memoir? A science fiction world? A children's book? Authors have actually taken the steps to write, publish and get their book into the world. That's got our respect!
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