I'm happy to report, I'm back on track with the Reading Group books. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things is turning into a well-observed study of everyday existence. More on that in a few days!
The real focus of this quickie is a rather interesting initiative I encountered over weekend: One Book-One Edinburgh . In October 2004, Edinburgh petitioned, and was granted, UNESCO 'City of Literature' status in honor of its deeply rooted traditions of literacy and literature. We became the first ever 'City of Literature' and part of a new drive by UNESCO to promote artistically, as well as historically, important landmarks for all of human history. Since then, there have been a variety of improvements (including the creation of a Scottish Storytelling Centre) and all sorts of events to continue this tradition.
The latest, aims to get Edinburghers reading the same book, Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped this month. In addition to reissuing the novel (the original version, a graphic novel version, and a children's version), events ranging from readings to tours of Stevenson's inspirational locations are planned.
Please join me with this last minute addition to the list!
For more information about anything related to the 'City of Literature,' and the One Book-One Edinburgh project, check out: