Who writes Thanksgiving holiday books?
The answer might surprise you. Count Louisa May Alcott among the writers who have given us Thanksgiving holiday books. Alcott’s An Old-fashioned Thanksgiving short story has even been made into a movie starring Jacqueline Bisset.
Truman Capote mined his childhood for short stories and came up with the perennial holiday favorite The Thanksgiving Visitor. First published in McCall’s magazine in 1967, Capote tackled a subject still relevant today: bullies. The television production of Capote’s story went on to receive an Emmy.
Jane Murray’s Thanksgiving by Rebecca Harding Davis is another short story centered around the holiday. The story is easily numbered in the Thanksgiving holiday books for writers. Davis was considered “a brave new voice” in her time by both Louisa May Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson. During her lifetime, she published more than 500 works.
Will you celebrate a Thankfully Reading Weekend?
Every year Thanksgiving offers us a weekend escape. While most spend Thanksgiving Day with their families, that still leaves the other days open. What will you be doing? I plan to spend much of the weekend participating in the Thankfully Reading Weekend event promoted by two avid readers, Jenn (Jenn’s Bookshelves) and Jennifer (Literate Housewife).
The lovely thing about this reading weekend is that it fits in with my own Short Works Reading Challenge and The Classics Club. Even though the stories may have been packaged as books, they are all short stories.
If you enjoy reading short works of fiction or nonfiction, why not participate in the Short Works Reading Group? You define your list of short works whether it’s all short fiction or simply essays or a combination of both — even novellas. You can take up to five years.
Why not have a Thankfully Writing Weekend?
Often reading leads to writing. We writers cull inspiration from all sorts of places. It’s not uncommon for a writer to read another author’s story and decide to write their own. Why not read a couple of the short stories and see what happens? Who knows, it might become a movie one day. What would your Thanksgiving short story be about?
Share your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from you and check out the books below.