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A TV show that we’re both hooked on, National Readathon Day, and two books we can’t wait for you to read.
Michael and I are now hooked on a TV show, Black Mirror, which is a UK show that has just come to Netflix (it’s also on YouTube, and Not Safe for Work or for children). To keep this book-related, Michael says it reminds him of the work of George Saunders, especially the second episode, Fifteen Million Merits, which reminds him of “Escape from Spider Head” that is in Tenth of December.
Audiobook of the week (06:42)
Michael’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week is the National Book Award-winning Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodsoon, read by the author.
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National Readathon Day — Join our team!
Need time to read? We have a proposal for you!
National Readathon Day is Saturday, January 24th, 2015. This is a new initiative put together by Penguin Random House (our employers), The National Book Foundation, Goodreads and Mashable. On that day, all are being encouraged to read from 12noon – 4pm (in your own time zone). Schools, libraries and other community places are encouraged to host reading parties and other events. We’d like Books on the Nightstand to come together as a community and participate. Are you in?
National Readathon Day is also a fundraiser for the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission to expand the audience for literature in America. The NBF is dedicated to promoting literacy and reading through programs like the National Book Awards, BookUp, 5 Under 35, and the Innovations in Reading Prize.
We’ve put together a team on the National Readathon Day Fundraising page, and we’re asking you to join our team. If you can make a donation, great! But there are other ways you can participate, too. The easiest thing is to block off the time on your calendar and spend the four hours reading. But if you want to do more, reach out to your local bookstore, school, library, coffee shop or other venue to see if they want to host a Reading Party. Or host a party for your friends and family. Whatever you choose to do, if you are reading or helping to get others to read, you’re automatically part of our team.
For more information on National Readathon Day, see the official website.
If you’d like to make a donation as part of the Books on the Nightstand team, you can do that at bit.ly/botnsreadathon — the money that you donate or raise will be aggregated together under our team and it will show on the leaderboard.
Any questions? Leave them in the comments or send us an email. We’ll be talking more about our plans for National Readathon Day in upcoming episodes.
Two books we can’t wait for you to read
Michael recommends Masterful Marks: Cartoonists who Changed the World by Monte Beauchamp, a book of short graphical biographies of cartoonists. Each biography is drawn and put together by contemporary graphic artists. This book is in the Books on the Nightstand 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.
My pick this week is The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami, a fantastical story of a boy who is trapped in the basement of the library. It’s imaginatively designed by Chip Kidd and heavily illustrated. This is a book for adults, especially fans of Murakami, but might also appeal to teens who like dark and somewhat disturbing stories.