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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Endless Books

In the early pages of The Uncommon Reader, the Queen begins to feel overwhelmed by her new passion for reading:

“The sheer endlessness of books outfaced her and she had no idea how to go on; there was no system to her reading, with one book leading to another, and often she had two or three on the go at the same time. . . ‘I have started too late. I will never keep up.’” (p. 47)

It is no wonder. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) figures published by Wikipedia, in 2006, the United Kingdom published 206,000 new titles compared to only 172,000 in the U.S. It was the second time Great Britain had overtaken the U.S. in the past 20 years. Book production in the United Kingdom rose 28 percent in 2005-2006, but dropped 18 percent in the U.S. Apparently Great Britain leads the world in number of new titles published per capita per year.

The Queen faced quite a challenge. Do you have more than one book going at the same time? What’s on your bedside table? Let us know.

A Reminder
There is a variety of All Fairfax Reads events scheduled in September. Here’s a list of book discussions:

Facilitated All Fairfax Reads Discussions
Participate in a discussion of The Uncommon Reader led by facilitator Wendi Kaufman of John Hopkins University. Adults.
Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. Sherwood Regional Library
Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. Reston Regional Library

More All Fairfax Reads Discussions
All Fairfax Reads Book Discussion. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. Adults.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7:15 p.m. Oakton Library
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m. George Mason Regional Library
Monday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. Centreville Regional Library
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Burke Centre Library
Thursday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. Centreville Regional Library

1 comment:

Nell Minow said...

First, I want to say how much I appreciate this project and how much I enjoyed the book! I would never have read it if you had not brought it to my attention.

By coincidence, it is the second book in a row I have read that is in part about the love of reading. The other is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and I recommend it highly.

Now, to answer your question -- I have so many books on my bedside table they have spilled over onto piles on the floor. And then there are the magazines! Current books include Windy City by Scott Simon, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (my niece recommended it) and The Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon