In 1950, the literary community came together for the first-ever National Book Awards. Created to â€ścelebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America,â€ť the National Book Award is one of the most prestigious honors a writer can receive. Read more
â€śLiteracy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all.â€ťÂ Â â€’UNESCO Director-General
International Literacy Day was founded in 1966 to promote the idea that literacy can empower communities and individuals. Celebrate the power of words and books by picking up one of these meaningful reads.
As we go into fall and winter, youâ€™ll be staying indoors more often than not. Now is the perfect time to start a new series to keep you going through these cooler months. Whether you enjoy cozy small-town stories or nail-biting mysteries, thereâ€™s a series waiting for you. Read more
Heart-pounding mysteries and thrillers arenâ€™t all about detectives and serial killers: Parents and children are at the heart of the suspense in these five audiobooks. How strong is the familial bond? How far would you go for the ones you love? Read more
One of the most explored themes in literature is relationships and how they shift, change, and evolve. Whether itâ€™s marriage, friendship, or family, the connections explored in each of these fiction audiobooks will grab you and have you looking at the relationships in your life. Read more
“My book, Reading with Patrick,Â is about a student of mine named Patrick, and this remarkable literary and intellectual awakening we experienced together in a county jail in Arkansas. He was a student in my class who was incredibly bright, really quiet, and just had trouble coming to school. I really encouraged him to come to school to write and to read and we had this incredible year together where he improved incredibly. Three years after this, Iâ€™ve left Arkansasâ€”itâ€™s a place where a lot of people leaveâ€”I agonize about it, I decide to go to law school. My parents are like, â€śwhat the heck are you doing in Arkansas?â€ť Three years later, Iâ€™m in law school and I find out from a friend that Patrick had gotten into a fight and killed someone. I was totally devastated. I was shocked. I went back to Arkansas to visit him in county jail and I discovered that his reading skills had regressed. They were worse when I first met him in the eighth grade, and itâ€™s because he had dropped out of school the year after I left the Delta. The heart of the book is really about us reading together in jail for seven months while weâ€™re waiting for his trial, and about the incredible agility and the power of reading together and writing together. And itâ€™s also about me grappling with my own failures and trying to think about the legacy of racism and poverty in the Mississippi Delta.”
Learn more aboutÂ Reading with Partick.