April 23 of last week was World Book Night. If you're reading my bookish blog posts, then I assume that you are pro-book and pro-reading. If you've not already participated in World Book Night, then what on earth are you waiting for? It's just about the best thing in the history of 21st century bookish things. A committee composed of authors, publishers, booksellers, and librarians choose 25+ titles each year that they think will have a wide range of potential readership. Then people like you and me can pick a book from that list and give copies of it away to non-readers. For free. It's an amazing program and this is the third year that I participated in it. Join their email list NOW so that you can be notified when the giving process opens to applicants again in the fall for 2015 WBN.
I picked Peter Heller's novel The Dog Stars, one of the most gorgeously-wrought post-apocalyptic novels I've ever read, as my giveaway book. I go on and on about it here, but the short version for why I chose it is because it demonstrates that there is no story so bleak that it cannot benefit from a sense of humor and from inventive, poetic prose. My only problem was that at the time I picked this book, I had Wednesday nights off and had planned to give it away on the street corner like I did this year. But about a month ago, my work schedule changed and now I work Wednesday nights, so what to do?
|The young women of The Care Center|
Check out those beauties. Last year for my birthday, one of my lovely and generous co-workers gave me this pair of Jane Austen earrings. I love that they're almost as lovely on the reverse side as they are on the front, and I like the mis-matched, old-fashioned typewriter keys that are part of the design. I wear them all the time, but it's only recently that I've started getting lots of comments about them because I just lobbed about 8" off of my hair and now they're more visible. I wore them to work today along with my Austen sweatshirt from Out of Print Clothing company and every customer I interacted with complimented me on them.