In honor of the World Day of Social Justice (February 20th), I am hosting the first Annual Social Justice Theme Read during the month of February. I hope that this theme read will educate us on social injustice in the world and allow us to appreciate organizations that have been working for social justice locally and world-wide.
I will be thrilled for anybody to join me in reading fiction or non-fiction literature about social justice (or injustice) issues. There are SO many books to read! Fanda will be hosting a Dickens theme in February, and most of Dickens' books are about social injustice, if you want to hit two birds with one stone. If you don't have a blog, you're welcome to post a guest-entry on my blog. Book reviews are welcome, and so are guest posts about social justice / injustice issues that interest you.
Read-alongs: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (for the classics/literature crowd)
Noughts & Crosses, by Malorie Blackman (for the YA/Dystopia crowd)
You can sign up in advance in this intro post, or you can just jump in at any point in February as it suits you. If you sign up here by February 7th, 2013 AND write a blog post or book review about social justice/injustice you will be entered to win a $10 gift certificate from Amazon. Your name will be entered for each blog post you make in February. If you want to participate, please leave a comment below.
I am excited to announce that Jeanette Windle, author of Veiled Freedom (2010 ECPA Christian Book Award and Christy Award finalist) will be hosting a giveaway of her new book Congo Dawn, to be released on February 1st. Its social justice theme and heart-pounding suspense should be perfect for the 2012 Social Justice Theme Read.
I will be working from the following potential reading list. Feel free to pick your own or join me for a group read!
Young Adult Literature
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (GROUP READ)
Let the Circle Be Unbroken, by Mildred D. Taylor
Noughts & Crosses (GROUP READ)
Bleak House, by Charles Dickens
Little Bee, by Chris Cleve
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by Manning Marable
Dead Man Walking, by Helen Prejean
This reading event is hosted by Resistance is Futile. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.