late (but not too late)

August 4, 2020

Back in 2017, poet Nicole Sealey realized that she “hadn’t been doing much reading” and decided to do something about it. She challenged herself to read a book or chapbook of poetry each day for the month of August and posted her intentions on social media. Poet Dante Micheaux coined a hashtag, #TheSealeyChallenge, and the word spread. (Here’s a 2018 article in Literary Hub on why Sealey launched her ambitious challenge.)

The Sealey Challenge is now in its fourth year. It’s already August 4, so you have a bit of catching up to do, but chapbooks count, so you can do it! We’ve posted loads of recommended titles and here’s a 2019 list in Electric Lit: “31 Poets Recommend 31 Poetry Books to Read Every Day in August.”

Plus, if you happen to be participating in the August Poetry Postcard Fest, this will give you plenty of fuel for your postcard poems. Happy reading!

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photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

more books!

July 28, 2020

A few more books for your list, current, recent, and otherwise:

Happy reading!

summer reading

August 17, 2019

It was already the middle of the month when we happened across 31 Poets Recommend 31 Poetry Books to Read Every Day in August, but we like the idea and we like the list, and who says you have to start on the first of the month anyway?

let’s read, my friend

August 10, 2018

In case you missed this bit of good news, SUNY Buffalo professor Melanie Green, PhD, has found that getting lost in a book is good for you. “Stories allow us to feel connected with others and part of something bigger than ourselves,” Green said in a recent interview with NBC News. Rather than being a solitary and isolating experience, reading has significant social benefits. More on this story in Electric Lit.

50,000

September 12, 2016

Gabriel García Márquez bank note

In celebration of all-things-literate, we thank Electric Lit for this notice that two images of Gabriel García Márquez will soon grace the new Colombian 50,000-Peso note. The article also indicates that Jane Austen will be featured on the British ten-pound note beginning in 2017.

road reading

July 29, 2016

suitcase with books

Thanks to The Seattle Review of Books for pointing us to “German Airline Allows Passengers to Fly with Extra Books” on Electric Lit. According to the article, a German book trade organization has teamed with Condor Airlines to come up with the Buch an Bord (Book on Board) campaign. “Essentially, each passenger is allowed an extra kg of carry-on weight so as to be able to fit that recent Man Booker finalist or dystopian YA trilogy in their luggage.”

Read the story in Electric Lit and ask your favorite airline to sign on.

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