Festival of Books
It has been an amazing week for books, with our visit from Gene Luen Yang on September 24, 2016 or the National Book Festival on September 25, 2016. I had the pleasure of hearing some amazing stories of how literacy has impacted the lives of those who read and those who desire to share their love of reading with the world. Stephen King said it best when he stated "You can live one life, that is cool and great. But if you read you can live a thousand lives and explore unknown realms. Which is much COOLER!".
Book love does not just happen, it is a purposeful and deliberate act which asks us to act by faith and pick up and read about the lives of other, whether created or real. Two great books that illustrate this point is have the same title, but very different lives. In Hoge book "Ugly", he speaks of being born with birth defects so severe that his mother thought of abandoning him at the hospital. He writes of his triumphs and struggle and his overcoming impossible odds to live a life many of of would envy. Contrastly, the Briscoe book "Ugly" digs into the social creation of beauty and the struggle of those who do not fit the definition of beauty and who struggle to redefine the concept. Moving and thought provoking are the ways I would describe this read.
In keeping with Banned Book Week I will be highlighting this week's book selection based on books that feature journeys worthy of a thousand lives. Book talks this week will focus on selection of books that feature different genres and highlight journeys from around the world. I hope you will join me in selecting a book from the Banned Books List and living a thousand wonderful lives.