As an author who’s just published my first novel, I’m aware that reading has given me a job. But as an adult who uses my literacy each and every day, I’m aware that reading has given me the ability to thrive in a very complicated world. A 2003 federal study found that one in seven adults don’t possess the literacy skills to read beyond the level required of a children’s picture book. I can’t fathom the fact that so many people have never had the pleasure of opening a novel and escaping their everyday lives.
via BOOK PREGNANT: The Importance of Literacy in My Life, and Yours.
Wow, I knew I liked Wiley Cash when I read his book. Now I like him even more.
Posted by alenaslife on May 8, 2012
I just received notification that I am a FINALIST in the National Library Week 6-word Story Contest. I don’t think I’ve ever been a finalist in any contest, so I’m asking you if you can take a minute to vote for my story: “I came. I read. I’m happy.”
I’m proud to support National Library Week no matter what the outcome, but reading the 15 finalists’ stories reminded me of all the ways people across the country love their libraries. The responses are inspiring and amusing.
Posted by alenaslife on April 12, 2012
How to Spot a Reader
Thanks to Book Riot for the laugh.
Posted by alenaslife on February 29, 2012