Do you know what April 28th is? It's the 80th birthday of Nancy Drew! And, the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona is hosting a party that night.
Here's the information from Poisoned Pen's event calendar. "Celebrate with Jenn Fisher, our local Nancy Drew crew leader. Bring your favorite Nancy to discuss and/or a Nancy Drew story to share. Jenn is the author of Clues for Real Life: The Wit and Wisdom of Nancy Drew. We will have giveaways and a couple of prizes. And we hope to have local librarians join in to this landmark occasion." It's at 7 p.m. at the Poisoned Pen, on Wednesday, April 28.
I'm one of the librarians who will be there. And, I have a couple stories to tell. My father took us camping all over the United States, and, for years, he tried to teach me the word spelunking, asking me, "What's cave exploring called?" And, I'd always look at him blankly. Finally, I read the word, in context, in a Nancy Drew book. I'm a visual learner, and once I saw the word, spelled out, in context, I never forgot it.
My other story has to do with applying for the job of Director of my hometown library in Huron, Ohio. I wanted that job so much, and while I waited to hear, and waited, and waited, I couldn't concentrate on any books. I couldn't read anything, except Nancy Drew mysteries. For some reason, they were the perfect escape. I read one of them after another while I waited.
Do you have any Nancy Drew stories?
Here are just a few points from Jenn Fisher, as quoted on Poisoned Pen's website.
1. Edward Stratemeyer, of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, created
Nancy Drew in 1929.
2. The first three books in the series: The Secret of the Old
Clock, The Hidden Staircase, and The Bungalow Mystery all
debuted on April 28, 1930.
3. Carolyn Keene is a pen name for various ghostwriters who
have written the books over the years. The first Carolyn Keene
was Mildred Wirt Benson who wrote 23 of the first 30 Nancy
Jenn Fisher's website www.nancydrewsleuth.com
Happy Birthday, Nancy Drew!