Hello, dear readers, and welcome to a new chatty post about bookish news, cool projects and other cultural stuff. Today you’ll read about the 2018 World Book Capital, what TV series to watch, and how to find out what bookish events are out there. Let’s go!
§ Books everywhere in the 2018 World Book Capital
In case you’re not familiar with this concept (I had no idea about it either), UNESCO designates each year a World Book Capital – a city that undertakes to promote books and reading, and to organize activities over the year. The first World Book Capital was Madrid in 2001, followed by Alexandria, New Delhi, Montreal, and many others.
Starting from April 2018 until April 2019, Athens will be World Book Capital. Under the motto “books everywhere“, Athens is preparing for a great celebration, a whole year full of books, reading, culture and events that promote knowledge. I am really curious to see what they’re up to!
§ Margaret Atwood is on a roll these days!
Why, you might wonder? Well, because the second TV series inspired by her work, Alias Grace, seems to be (at least) as successful as the first TV series inspired by her book, The Handmaid’s Tale.
Alias Grace is a 6-episodes story about a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who was convicted of murdering her employer and his housekeeper. I liked the story and the narration style so much that watching this series made me keen on reading the books as well!
And in case you haven’t read nor watched The Handmaid’s Tale, you can get inspired by my recent blog post 🙂
§ BOOK your calendar
Keeping up with bookish events and celebrations is now so much easier! The New York Times Book Review created a curated calendar of must-know literary events in 2018, including new books, festivals, film adaptations, and more.
For example, did you know that today (1st of February) we celebrate the World Read Aloud Day? Or that on 30th of September 2018 we celebrate 150 years since Little Women was first published?
You can access the calendar online here, and you can also add the events to your Google/iOS calendar.
‘Till next time … happy reading!