National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day, Saturday, January 24, 2015, make #timetoread


Today is the first National Readathon Day!  My kind of day!

This is an effort being organized by Penguin Random House, GoodRead, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation to have folks participate in a marathon reading session from 12 – 4 pm.  I am reading I Am Abraham: A Novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War by Jerome Charyn.

Savoring Jerome’s wonderful book with me today are two other Politics for the People members. I asked them to share a thought with us as they make #TimeToRead today:

“I love I Am Abraham because it takes a look at class in Civil War America.  Charyn flushes out the image of Lincoln growing up in a log cabin, reading by candlelight–basically Lincoln grew up poor.  The fictional Lincoln feels and confronts the humiliation of being poor in the upper class worlds of society and politics. ”     Jessica Marta

“This is a fabuolous book–accessible, informative and beautifully written. I am really looking forward to our conversation with Jerome next month.”    Pat Wagner

What are you reading today?

Let me leave you with the video from one of my favorite authors, Khaled Hosseini talking about the power of reading to connect.

[If the video is not embedded, you can click to watch it here.]

P4P Conference Call

with Jerome Charyn

 Sunday, February 15th at 7 pm EST.

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