My daughter-in-law mentioned recently that she was interested in reading the book designated as the 2007 choice for “Everybody Reads” in Portland. I looked it up online (Multnomah County Library) and decided it sounded so good I’d add it to the pile of books on my nightstand. Then I decided to check out the ‘everybody reads’ choices closer to home, and added the Seattle book choice to the pile, too. Neighbor, Vancouver, B.C., hasn’t designated their 2007 book yet, but last year’s book was written by an author my sister-in-law just recommended to me…so that will go on the nightstand pile, too. All of a sudden, I have a whole new set of books waiting for me to finish Out of Africa, which I am reading slowly, story by story, letting it simmer.
I didn’t realize that there is a national ‘everybody reads’ program, also! The National Endowment for the Arts has a program called “The Big Read,” to encourage literary reading. There are seven books chosen for 2007 (January through June), and communities throughout the country have signed up to participate. They can choose which of the seven books to designate as their community’s read. They are all really good books. Some I have already read, but some of them will go on that nightstand, too. All of this reminds me of why I bought my favorite sweatshirt, which always gets a nice comment when I wear it out in public. It has on it an Edward Gorey drawing with the familiar phrase: There’s No Such Thing As Too Many Books!
THE PORTLAND “EVERYBODY READS” CHOICE, 2007.
THE “ONE BOOK, ONE VANCOUVER” CHOICE, 2006.
A “BIG READ” FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, 2007.