The book contains 42 of the best Louisiana narratives, many of which were not sent to Washington with the rest of the interviews but housed at Melrose Plantation in Natchitoches. These invaluable interviews have been seen by few.
An updated curriculum.
Today is UNESCO’s International Literacy Day, the perfect time to reflect on the importance of reading and access to literature.
According to UNESCO, “Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.”
Looking for ways to show some love for literacy? You can celebrate the growth of BookUp, our after-school reading program, or offer praise for the incredible work of our Innovations in Reading Prize winners like Books on Bases (pictured), The Uni Project, Little Free Library, and Worldreader
ALS and On Any Given Day
ALS has been making headlines and bringing in much-needed donations with its viral Ice Bucket Challenge campaign. For those of you who are interested in what life with ALS is like, consider reading On Any Given Day.
On November 22, 1998, Joe Martin maneuvered his motorized chair to his desk and to the computer that let him type by bouncing an infrared beam off his eye as he looked at a keyboard on the screen. ALS—Lou Gehrig’s disease—had deprived him of nearly all his muscle control.
Joe Martin had already outlived one doctor’s prognosis by more than two years. He was still building a career as what his boss called the “conscience” of the largest bank in the United States. Since being diagnosed with ALS, he’d helped start the Southeast’s first comprehensive center for ALS research and patient care. He’d begun a movement to improve race relations in the Carolinas. Now, he was writing a book.
Joe wanted that book to tell people with serious problems not how to die but how to live. He wanted to tell them how, on any given day, people could not predict what might be possible with the help of understanding doctors, family members, and friends.
That night, focusing on each letter, comma, and space with his eyes, Joe composed an e-mail to his collaborator on the book. “Hopelessness and terror are both curable,” the e-mail said. “Write faster!”
Words with Friends
On Tuesdays, we like to take a moment to highlight one of our distributed publishers in a segment we call Words with Friends.
Two books for young readers from distributed line NewSouth Books have earned glowing reviews—one from Publishers Weekly and one from a true fan and great reader!
Of Matzo Frogs, by Sally Rosenthal (with illustrations by David Sheldon), Publishers Weekly wrote, ”Parents can laugh along with their children at the imaginative story by Rosenthal, a debut author and documentary film producer. Sheldon’s droll and clever images of frogs hopping to the rescue seamlessly complement the text.”
The great children’s blog This Kid Reviews Books wrote about an older NewSouth title, Greenhorn, which is currently being adapted to film. “This kid” Erik wrote, “This was a well-written nonfiction story about a Holocaust concentration camp survivor and the friend he makes in Aaron. But, it is also about so much more….The history taught in the book and the message [are] very important.”
We love the ease and availability (and affordability!) of e-books, but reading on the page is about more than just nostalgia and sensation—it might also help you absorb information more effectively.