International Literacy Day
Today is International Literacy Day. Designated by UNESCO in 1965, the aim of the event is to celebrate and amplify the importance of literacy to individuals and communities alike.
I don’t remember being taught to read; I entered school already able to do so. I was read to regularly, and there were always books in the house. I loved using the school and public libraries to expand my horizons. Yet, there are people for whom this is not part of their landscape. Some 880 million people worldwide.
One of the things I’m most proud of in my authors’ group is our commitment to literacy. With our partners at Thinking Ink Press, we have published a series of three anthologies (Twelve Hours Later, Thirty Days Later, Some Time Later) for which a significant portion of the proceeds are donated to local literacy programs. Since starting this project, we have donated in excess of $1,500 to help people in our community learn how to read.
In celebration of International Literacy Day, I am promoting Around the World in 80 Pages. This is a collection of 10 short tales, across history and cultures … and it’s free. Just click here to get a copy in the format that fits your eReader. Thanks, as always, for reading.