07 October 2010

The NYRB Reading Week


It is my pleasure to announce The NYRB Reading Week, to be held on November 7-13, 2010! From the 7th to the 13th of November, we're inviting you to join us as we read, review, and relish books from the NYRB Classics, NYRB Collections, or New York Review Children's Collection.

This event is actually the brainchild of Mrs. B from The Literary Stew. A few weeks ago, she asked on Twitter whether anyone was interested in doing an NYRB Reading Week. I immediately said yes, and because I was the first one to respond, I was granted the honor of being co-host. It's my first time to do this kind of thing, so I hope you all can be patient with me.

Anyway, we're very excited about this, thus we're announcing the event a month in advance. That way, those of you who'd like to participate can sign up right away (no frills--just leave a comment here or in Mrs. B's announcement post) and start getting your reading list ready. We shall eventually summarize everyone who's going to participate, but you can still join in during the week itself. And if you're not a blogger, you can also participate, as long as you're able to post reviews in bookish social networking sites like Shelfari, Goodreads, or LibraryThing.

We'd like to keep this event simple, so, during the Reading Week itself, all the participants need to do is read at least one NYRB book and post a review. Then, once you post your review, just leave a comment on the Welcome Post in either of our blogs. Mrs. B and I will then collate and blog about all of your reviews, so we can all see what books everyone else is reading. By the way, feel free to get this button below, should you want to spread the word.


But wait, there's more! As an added treat, we're going to give out a few NYRB books! Fully Booked, a local bookstore, has kindly agreed to support this event by giving us a couple of NYRB Classics to give away. Very generous of them; thank you so much, Fully Booked!

We'll give more details about the giveaways as the date nears, but what I can tell you is that my co-host and I agreed that we'd give one away to the "best review" and another in a raffle.

Finally, in case you're wondering, "What is NYRB?" or "Why NYRB?", let me answer with a few quotes from the NYRB website itself.
The NYRB Classics series is designedly and determinedly exploratory and eclectic, a mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and experimental novels, reportage and belles lettres, tell-all memoirs and learned studies, established classics and cult favorites, literature high, low, unsuspected, and unheard of. NYRB Classics are, to a large degree, discoveries, the kind of books that people typically run into outside of the classroom and then remember for life. (emphasis mine)
I think anyone who's read an NYRB book will understand the attraction. NYRB publishes truly diverse and quality books, a lot of which are forgotten classics. So, they're not in the popular memory, but they deserve to be. In case this intrigues you and you haven't read an NYRB before, then I suggest you pick one up now. Or come and join us for this reading week.:)

20 comments:

gatheringbooks said...

Finally! Haha. I'm going to try look for the books around here. Hopefully the ones I like are available. :) Will sign up on the other blog later.
-Mary

fantaghiro23 said...

Hi, gatheringbooks! Actually, that's the difficult thing about NYRB where we are--they're not so easy to find. Though the bookstores do carry a few copies each. I've taken to ordering online, though.:)

You don't need to sign up on both blogs, by the way. Either here or at Mrs. B's is enough.

Rise said...

I'm in! Definitely in. I've mooched several NYRBs.

fantaghiro23 said...

Yay, Rise!:)

Peter S. said...

Honey, how can I say no to this? Every time I go to Fully Booked, these are the first books that I look for. So if there's a dearth of NYRB editions in our local bookstores, I'm the culprit!

Of course I'm in!

fantaghiro23 said...

@Peter - So, YOU'RE the reason why I have to resort to Book Depository! Hahaha! You and Sasha and others of the same ilk.

Though if it results in local bookstores ordering more NYRB books, then I'm happy to oblige you guys.:)

Aldrin said...

Have listed my selections over at Mrs. B's. I hope real life won't get in the way. Haha. I'm especially excited to (finally) read The Queue by Vladimir Sorokin.

sumthinblue said...

(argh, openid acting up as always.)

count me in!

fantaghiro23 said...

Great, Aldrin, Blooey!

Aldrin, I saw The Queue at NBS. Unfortunately, I didn't buy it then. Next time, I hope.:)

Isabella said...

Oh, I llloove NYRB Classics! Please count me in! Not sure yet what I'll be reading though. I'm currently enjoying books by Simenon, but I have a few other NYRBs on my shelf.

Amused said...

Oh intriguing! I just might have to join this!

Thomas at My Porch said...

What a great idea. I am definitely in on this one. I have several in my library that I haven't read yet.

fantaghiro23 said...

Isabella, Amused, Thomas - Glad to have you guys.:)

mel u said...

Count me in also!

fantaghiro23 said...

Hi, mel! You're counted in.:)

fantaghiro23 said...

Hi, mel! You're counted in.:)

silverfysh said...

I've been away from the blogworld, so I'm just signing up now. But this makes it official. :]

- Sasha

coypatalagsa said...

Finally found an NYRB classic to read! :) I'll have Ivy Compton-Burnett's A House and It's Head. I seriously can't wait for next week :)

Mental multivitamin (M-mv) said...

Please count me in. BTW, I found my way here via Magnificent Octopus.

MFS

William Rycroft said...

Found you just in time. I'll be reviewing The Mountain Lion on the 9th...