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In celebration of National Author’s day (November 1st) I thought it fitting to celebrate the books and authors that have made an impact on me over the past handful of years!

Ajagbe Ayodeji
The Power of Books

Books make our lives incredibly rich. They keep us company. They entertain us. They teach us.

We all have a favorite book, and we remember fondly those books that, as children, kept us company, inspired us, and taught us lessons.

In fact, I was a child who always had his nose buried in a book, and would go to the library with my school bag to fill up every two weeks.

Books were a vital part of my childhood — and becoming a published author has been an impactful part of my adulthood!

Celebrating the Storytellers

Being an author requires a very specific kind of commitment.

Writing a book is an extensive undertaking – the time taken to research, develop, draft, edit and revise is vast and deep.

Those of you who followed my journey of writing What Happened to Helen know that I found it a rewarding experience, and also one that required me to embody the Japanese proverb “Fall down seven times, get up eight.”

The Genesis of National Author’s Day

I loved discovering the genesis of National Author’s Day, celebrated in the United States on November 1st.

It came about thanks to Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Bement, Illinois Women’s Club in 1928. She had an idea to write a letter to her favorite fiction writer, Irving Bacheller. And he replied. He sent her an autographed copy of one of his books, and to thank him, she suggested the idea of National Authors’ Day to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

National Author’s Day was officially ratified in 1949 by the United States Department of Commerce.

Ajagbe Ayodeji DP
Celebrating National Author’s Day with YOU

As an author and a reader, I thought this is a great opportunity to celebrate the authors in my world in a roundup of the different authors I’ve worked and collaborated with over the years, and to offer a giveaway of three copies of my book, Reflection: Rulers and Preys!

Are you as excited as I am? All the details are below!

I’d love to know who your favorite author is and how you celebrate them.

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