An end of week recap
This is the sixth of my weekly posts in which I summarize books read, reviewed and currently on my TBR shelf. In addition to a variety of literary titbits, I look ahead to forthcoming features, see what’s on the night-stand and keep readers abreast of various book-related happenings.
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World Book Day 2018
World Book Day is an annual celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading, which takes place in the UK on the first Thursday in March – meaning this year it lands on 1st March – although, the rest of the world observes it on 23rd April (a date that unfortunately clashes with St. George’s Day and Shakespeare’s birthday).
Designated by UNESCO as an international event, it is the biggest literary shindig of its kind, and has been marked in over 100 countries around the world since 1995. In Britain, it is sponsored by National Book Tokens, an organization that every year gives 14 million Book Tokens (gift cards that can be spent online or in book shops) to children across the UK and Ireland. This support gives young people from all walks of life the opportunity to read books and, according to the National Literacy Trust, WBD provides a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds in the UK with their first chance to buy a book of their own.
Thousands of specially published £1 World Book Day books are donated by publishers each year and teachers are inspired to encourage the joy of reading in their pupils. Children also participate in a range of literary events and go to school dressed up as their favourite book characters.
What will you be doing to celebrate World Book Day in 2018?
Umpteen fascinating articles appeared on my bookdar last week. I generally make a point of tweeting my favourite finds, but in case you missed anything, here are one or two interesting snippets:
Brain Pickings: Zadie Smith on Optimism and Despair – “Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive.”
The Guardian: ‘I really want to find it before I die’: why are we so fascinated by lost books? – “From the Book of Kells to Walter Benjamin, literary history is marked with tantalising absences – which two bibliophiles have made it their business to go after.”
ASYMPTOTE: Aeschylus, the Lost – Ismail Kadare, Albania’s best-known novelist and the winner of the inaugural 2005 Man Booker International Prize, believes we cannot know what world literature would look like without Aeschylus.
Medium: The Definitive Guide on How to Read Properly – Reading is dead! says Melissa Chu. Or is it?
Electric Literature: How the Bronx is Building a Vibrant Literary Community – Jennifer Baker writes of five people and organizations supporting writers and readers in New York’s often neglected borough.
Signature: Setting the River on Fire: On Robert Lowell’s Writing and Mental Illness – Nathan Gelgud examines Kay Redfield Jamison’s exploration of the ways in which Robert Lowell’s bipolar disorder informed his work.
Bookstr: 10 Beautiful Beatrix Potter Quotes to Remind You How Great She Is – “The new Peter Rabbit may be bad, but the old one was great,” writes Laura-Blaise McDowell.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I wish you a week bountiful in books and rich in reading.
NB In this feature, ‘winding up’ refers to the act of concluding something and should not be confused with the British expression: ‘wind-up’ – an age-old pastime of ‘winding-up’ friends and family by teasing or playing pranks on them. If you would like to know more about this expression, there’s an excellent description on Urban Dictionary.
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