I am so jealous of this event – 192 Books in New York is doing a twenty four hour public reading of Proust’s Swann’s Way on Wednesday to celebrate the book’s 100th anniversary.
The store will be staying opening for the whole time so people can come by and join in the fun. Each reader will be doing about 20 minutes. They’ll be serving champagne and madeleines!
Full details here.
This is just the best way to celebrate any lengthy novel that scares people, making it warm and inviting, a bit geeky but not excluding anyone, an event to sweep people up in the enthusiasm… I’d love to go to something like this. :)
Since I can’t get to New York though, I’ve been inspired to take the day off on Wednesday and have my own little readathon… Below is a picture of my own copy of Swann’s Way. It has been languishing unread on my shelves for a shamefully long time and I have never quite got round to it. Until now!
Thanks 192 Books (I think) for encouraging me to pick it up at last. :)