Today is November 1st, which means it’s National Author’s Day! Hooray! No matter how successful the author, the act of writing can be a lonely gig, and this day (Established in 1949) is here to commemorate authors you love and help make their day just a little bit brighter. How can you do that? Here are a few easy ways:
- Buy their books. (I mean, it’s a given, but still.)
- Leave a review for their books on Goodreads, Amazon, your blog, or wherever.
- Tell your friends. Heck, buy a few books for your friends.
- Ask for your local library to stock your favorite author’s books.
- Talk about their books on social media.
Any or all of those simple things will go a long way to encourage the authors you love and make their day a bit better. If you want to spread the love on social media, consider using the hashtag #NationalAuthorsDay.
Have an author whose work you love? Share their work in the comments!
“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”
— Ray Bradbury
“I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.”
— Laura Bush
“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower
There’s intent here, a reason why I selected libraries as today’s topic. Consider this a passionate plea in support. Why? Well, yesterday, Seattle Review of Books shared a proposed Republican budget from Texas Representative Bill Flores, chair of the Republican Study Committee. Within their Blueprint for a Balanced Budget (read it at that link) it proposes cutting federal funding for Libraries (less than 0.01% of the budget.)
Appalling as that may sound, it’s a serious proposal and one that could end up on the desk of our new President. I shared it yesterday unsure of how to react. I was stunned and shocked and disappointed. Especially knowing how important the library system has become for our country. The library meant so much to me as a child and remains crucial to me as an adult. In an era when non-profits are struggling to make ends meet the Library system remains a vital institution in helping enrich our communities. Cutting funding is an ignorant and dangerous step in the wrong direction and it baffles my mind that defunding would even be considered.
This morning, my friend Matt Nelson (creator of the wonderful Catbeard the Pirate) joined me in an impassioned plea for the support of American libraries. I highly recommend you read his own thoughts and experiences. You can either start reading using the tweet below or check out this easy to read Storified version. It won’t take long and it’s worth your time.
Thought this was awesome and wanted to share.
Today is also the last day to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of The Stars Were Right. Enter today! Winners will be picked tonight and announced in my next newsletter. Good luck!
I want this home library/reading nook more than you can imagine. (See more of the house here.)
Chalk this one up as good news for writers (and civilization in general.) A new study from Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project has shown that young Americans are reading and they’re reading more than older Americans.
“We found that about 8 in 10 Americans under the age of 30 have read a book in the past year. And that’s compared to about 7 in 10 adults in general, American adults. So, they’re reading — they’re more likely to read, and they’re also a little more likely to be using their library.”
Read the full article and listen to the radio report here at NPR.