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Poetry:Read More, Blog More – Poetry Out Loud

This is a once a month event organized by Lu and Kelly to entice us into reading and writing about poetry.  While I have been reading several collections over the last few weeks,  I decided to write about hearing poetry out loud.

Hearing poetry live  is what brought me back to it after a long separation.  One way to experience this is to visit a near-by poetry festival.  There will be some good poets and some not-so-good ones, but you will be able to enjoy poetry the way most poets mean it to be experienced, as a spoken thing, like music or bird song.   You can check your local calendar listings,  schools, public venues and bookstore often have author readings, some of them by poets.

There is a great selection of poetry in audio format, either at your local library or available over the internet, but it is a different thing listening along in a room filled with other people.  Listening to and talking about poetry with a group opens me up to different interpretations, different ideas about the words, their meaning and how they are strung together.  The shared experience brings me back to a time before the written word, when news and stories were carried from town to town by travelers, some news spoken, some stories sung.

Here is link to a festival I would have loved to go to if I had been in Washington, D.C. this past weekend.

Thanks to Lu and Kelly for organizing Poetry:Read More, Blog More.


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Once Upon A Time VI

I’ve been waiting and waiting and one of my favorite yearly events is finally here.  Carl V of Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting the Once Upon A Time Challenge for the sixth year in a row.  During spring  read  fantasy, fairy tales, folklore and mythology to your heart’s content.

In Carl’s words:

The Once Upon a Time VI Challenge has a few rules:

Rule #1: Have fun.

Rule #2: HAVE FUN.

Rule #3: Don’t keep the fun to yourself, share it with us, please!

Rule #4: Do not be put off by the word “challenge”.

While this event retains the word “challenge” from its earliest days, the entire goal is to read good books, watch good television shows and movies, and most importantly, visit old friends and make new ones. There are several ways to participate, and I hope you can find at least one to your liking…

For more information follow this link.

I will be joining in and plan on completing Quest the Third, which includes a reading of or viewing of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


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For those reading A People’s History of the United States (and everyone else)

Read & Resist Tucson

I have mentioned the Tuscon book banning in a couple of posts.  Now, thanks to Eva at A Striped Armchair, I’ve learned about a project called Read & Resist, Tuscon, organized by Melissa at The Feminist Texican (Reads).  There is a list of banned books here.

It project be a perfect adjunct to the A People’s History Group Read, and A People’s History of the United States is on the banned book list!


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A Midnight’s Children Group Read

Mrs. B. at The Literary Stew, Arti at Ripple Effects and Meredith at Dolce Bellezza are organizing a group read of  Salman Rushdie’s Booker of Bookers prize winning Midnight’s Children starting in March.  I’ve been meaning to get back to this novel for years and find this a perfect opportunity.

From The Literary Stew post:

Since Rushdie won’t be an easy read we decided to take this very slowly so this will be a long and relaxed group read. We don’t want it to interfere with other reading plans. The book has 533 pages and is divided into three parts with the second part being the longest. We’ll begin in March, and for four months at the last day of each month we’ll post our review.

Here’s the exact schedule for postings:

  • March 31 — Book One
  • April 30   — Book Two (Part A ending with ‘Alpha and Omega’)
  • May 31   —  Book Two (Part B starting with ‘The Kolynos Kid’)
  • June 30   —  Book Three
As you can see we’ll have more than enough time to get through the 533 pages. If you’d like to join, please let us know and take note of the schedule above. We’ll do a reminder post in early March.
I am excited to be reading this novel with others and look forward to some lively discussions.  If you are interested in joining in please visit any of the links to these wonderful blogs.


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The 2012 Science Fiction Experience – Jan 1st to Feb 29th

I am so ready for this.  Thanks to Carl V. for organizing another great reading event.

In Carl’s own words:

And so I officially welcome you to The 2012 Science Fiction Experience, which runs from January 1st, 2012 through February 29th, 2012. That’s right, we get an extra day this year! Woo-hoo!

The “rules” of the experience are simple: there are none. Remember, this isn’t a challenge. If you would like to join us in reading and discussing any science fiction reading or television viewing or movie watching you do over that time period, please do.

If you chose to blog about your Sci-Fi experience there is a review site here.  I plan on running this event concurrent with the 2012 Speculative Fiction Challenge but you can do it any way you want!


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Bochus Yule 1

I do not know what I would do without my public library system.  Reading is my joy, my solace and the way I choose to spend much of my leisure time. We have all heard about the cuts that library systems are suffering in this economic climate, the closures and lack of funds to purchase new books.

The Literary Omnivore has come up with a brilliant way to celebrate the holidays and support a truly democratic public institution.  Please read her post, the  make plans to donate to your local library in honor of friends and family, or make a donation to a foundation that supports needy libraries.  The American Library Association has a list here.

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Sunday Salon..Orange January

How did this happen?  It is December, the year has flown by and it is almost time for Orange January! This event invites you to read books that have been nominated for, or that have won, the Orange Prize for fiction.Organized by Jill at The Magic Lasso, all the information you need is here, including book lists and prize information.  Why not join in?

I am slowly getting over that nasty cold and plan on spending some time this Sunday writing a short review,  visiting blogs and finishing River of Smoke.  What about you?  What are you up to today?

Join Sunday Salon, share your thoughts on reading and your favorite books.   The Facebook group is here.


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I Double Dare Ya…

James from Ready When You Are, C.B. has issued the call.  Last year between January and April he dared us.  This year it’s a Double Dare.

As James says..

Make a resolution to read only the books in your To Be Read stack from January 1, 2012 to April 1.  Can you survive?

For more information or to the join in the fun click here.


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Dia de los Muertos..R.I.P. VI

    It is the Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.  It is also the end of  R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, one of my favorite events of the year.  A hearty Thank You to Carl V . for organizing RIP for the sixth year in a row.

I   finished Peril The First, read five books that I have written about, and a couple of others, Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist and Faithful Place by Tana French, that I haven’t.  I have also been introduced to some wonderful new blogs by following links to reviews from the RIP VI review site.  Did you join in and read  perilously this year?

Some wonderful news from the internet.  Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor has been awarded the 2011 World Fantasy Award for best novel.  It is a deeply intense and timely book and I gave a shout when I heard the news.


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The Savage Detectives Group Read

Coming in January.. a group read of Roberto Bolano’s The Savage Detectives.  Thanks to Richard of Caravana de recuedos for organizing this event.  Many of the people I shared the 2666 read-along with, way back in 2009, are joining in.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while and  I am happy to be reading along with a great group if book lovers.  Are you interested?  Here is a link to Richard’s post.

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