Famous Connecticut authors include: Mark Twain, Candace Bushnell, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Dominick Dunne, Twilight creator Stephanie Meyer, and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg, Bill Dedman, and Annie Proulx
September 1st will recognize those who ‘play a tremendously important but often overlooked role in our society’
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has issued a proclamation naming September 1st, 2015 Connecticut Authors’ Day to recognize Connecticut authors and their contribution to society. On September 1st, an invitation-only reception will be held at the Mark Twain House, featuring best-selling Connecticut authors and notables from state government.
“The State of Connecticut has been and continues to be home to countless talented local authors, from world renowned literary figures including Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, to authors that are lesser known but equally deserving of rec0gnition” the proclamation bearing the Governors signature reads.
Connecticut is home to, and/or birthplace of many Pulitzer Prize winning authors including A. Scott Berg, Annie Proulx, and Bill Dedman, as well as many hugely successful authors including Stephanie Meyer (Twilight), Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love), Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City), and Candace Bushnell (Sex and The City).
“We thought it was time that all authors in Connecticut be celebrated and to shine a light on illiteracy”, says award-winning author June Hyjek, who is also President of APSS, Connecticut, which sponsored the bill. “When you look at the names of those who have lived and created here, from Mark Twain to Dominick Dunne, you see the shaping of America’s culture.” Hyjek continues, “While the bold faced names get most of the attention this day intends to celebrate all authors who choose to call Connecticut home. Books combat illiteracy. Even if a book doesn’t become a bestseller, it doesn’t mean that it hasn’t added value to someone’s life. Every book is important; every author is important.”
Hyjek informs that in ongoing recognition of Connecticut Authors’ Day - in an effort to combat illiteracy which affects 35 million American juveniles and adults - books will be donated each week to organizations including homeless shelters, halfway houses, senior care centers, and charities. As well, there will be a nationwide online raffle to introduce Connecticut authors to readers around the country.
“Beyond this ongoing recognition and one month of giving, it is our hope that we can illuminate an often overlooked day of honor, National Authors’ Day which is November 1st”, says Hyjek. “It is our intention to use this platform of Connecticut Authors’ Day to inspire authors and readers to make National Authors’ Day a nationwide celebration of those who bring knowledge, joy, and inspiration to others through books.”