Writers Wednesday: Are You Celebrating International Book Week?

Stock image by Whiter78, 2010.

It’s been trending all over the Web this week, a social media game announcing “International Book Week” that goes something like this: Find the book closest to you, turn to page 52 and post the fifth sentence as your status on Twitter, Facebook or your soapbox du jour. The title remains a mystery for your friends to solve.

Sounds fun enough; when you have little-to-no real social life and too much time on your hands, it’s cool to have something literary to do like guess what your pals might be reading. But run a few searches for International Book Week and not much comes up except more links to and versions of this little game. In fact, I have yet to see any real evidence that this “book week” exists.

That’s kind of a shame. There should be one. Books are awesome. We should organize that.

In the rather conspicuous absence of International Book Week, however, we can still look forward to other celebrations of the written word, notably Banned Books Week, which runs from Sept. 30-Oct. 6. This is a special time for discussing press freedom, author expression and censorship. I can think of no better way to honor the efforts of all who have worked to pr

eserve your rights to information than by taking your family to the library and spending time together learning about something other people don’t want you to know.

So it’s not really International Book Week, yet. But if you’re still in a celebratory mood, why not grab your pencil and get in some practice writing dialogue, pirate-style? It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day, proudly brought to you by the Pastafarians at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.


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