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The Why Chromosome and Books

Post by Non T. Wels

I, along with Jessica of Read Schmead, went to the ‘Why Chromosome’ event that was held at Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Bookshop and put together by Bridge to Books, a cool non-profit organization run by Alethea, whose blog is Read Now Sleep Later, and Alyson, whose blog is Kid Lit Frenzy. The event (full title: The Why Chromosome: Why Boys Do Love Books) was delightful. Despite my meager standing amongst the crowd of prolific bloggers and literacy heroines, I felt right at home, welcome, part of the troupe. I mean, I am a simple bibliophile. I don’t manage a book-related blog, like this one or like the blogs from Tessa or Kristen (although I do occasionally contribute to Read Schmead). I don’t teach kids the wonders of reading books, like Alyson and others. And I don’t write books, like the group of “boys” who spoke at the event.

These boys, or authors, were Jonathan Auxier (Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes), John Stephens (The Emerald Atlas), G. Neri (Ghetto Cowboy), Greg Van Eekhout (Kid vs. Squid and The Boy at the End of the World), Allen Zadoff (Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have) and Andrew Smith (Stick); all of which seemed to be just as gleeful about this event as us book bloggers, educators and, to be inclusive of my own standing, simple book junkies.

The impetus for the event was—and is—the culture of reading as it pertains to young boys. And the intent of the event itself was to be a rousing defense of boys and their evident (to us) love of reading. It was decidedly successful. Boys do love to read. They do. The hole in my blanket from the lamp I pulled under there to finish those last few chapters of the Choose Your Own Adventure series is a testament to that.

Here is a great group shot of the authors with some of us bibliophiles - Photo Courtesy of From The Bookshelf of TB, http://www.ftbotbblog.blogspot.com

Here’s some video from the event:

Jessica cut off the beginning of this next video.  The question was asked, “What kind of literary character do you most associate with?”

For more information on boys and their love for reading (as a pairing; she doesn’t blog necessarily about boys solely. That would be weird) take a gander at Kristen Pelfrey’s blog Kristen Pelfrey Writes. She does it right.

And, of course, the authors are doing it right. Support them by reading their blogs, commenting, and buying their books! Jonathan Auxier
John Stephens
G. Neri
Greg Van Eekhout
Allen Zadoff
Andrew Smith

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Silly Rabbit Kids Books are for Adults Too, You Know

I received this photo from the amazing Penguin Rep., Nicole.  It is very true.

Not Just For Kids

Don’t forget about the Giveaway Schmiveaway –  SIGNED copy of Oliver Jeffers’ book, The Way Back Home!!!

Enter to win by subscribing to Read Schmead and by posting comments. Every current and new subscriber is entered into the contest automatically. If you happen to leave comments on posts then those will count as additional entries. Winners will be picked randomly.

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Our Book-Themed Wedding

Photo by Lesley Lukens

Non Tells the Story of Our Meeting

Like many great stories, ours is one filled with wonder, thrilling adventure, two-headed dragons, and sinister witches seeking to concoct a potion that will rid the world of the love we had found.

Quite literally, in fact. Jessica and I found this love deep within the treacherous forest that sidles the faraway town known as GoodReadsville- a quaint, albeit bizarre, village whose entire population consists of bookworms, literary buffs, fiction fanatics, and non-fiction connoisseurs.  Consequently, its architectural style was like nothing I’d ever seen. The buildings, each and every one of them, were shaped like books. Books lying flat, books propped open, books with dog ears and worn bindings and book markers sticking out of the pages. It took a bit of time getting used to but after a while I had grown accustomed to the book-shaped residences, with the book stack chimneys, book pile picket fences, and, in one such garden, the book carved lawn gnome.

It is within the town of GoodReadsville where we first met. And, akin to many initial encounters within the town limits, the talk was all books. Actually, it went something like this:

I like your books.
Oh, thank you. I like your books.
Thanks. Let’s make out.

Or something similar.

From there, we moved onto a wide range of talking points, from family life to our unabashed love for zombie movies. And it was in that moment I knew- and I can speak for Jessica and say that she knew as well- that this was something special, something unique, and something certainly new.

Soon, it became apparent, that we would have to make the journey out into the treacherous Emerald Forest. This was, we were told, the only way to find the love we were yearning for. Gathering our belongings and saying our goodbyes, we left our homes with hope in our hearts and a bit of nervousness in our stomachs, and began our journey.

Five days in, we encountered the two-headed dragon. Viciously, the beast attacked, spewing hateful fire and slashing at us with open claws. But we kept going. Our defenses held, and we walked on. Ten days later, we came upon the witches, and it was the same story. Their black magic simply bubbled and oozed, yet we felt no change. So we kept going. And it went like this for days. While the evil forces of the Emerald Forest sought to penetrate our defenses, the strength of our pairing increased. Our defenses, we estimated, were unconquerable. We were, together, like one. A few days later, we found it.

Carved within the living, beating presence of our hearts, we found it. Our love. A strengthened, enhanced conglomeration of the feelings and thoughts of that first interaction.

I Tell the Story of Our Meeting

In other words, we met on GoodReads and fell madly in love.

The Wedding Day

June 5th turned out to be the perfect day.  Everything went so very smoothly and I married the love of my life.  The entire event was book-themed right down to the groomsmen’s ties.  The tables were named after some of our favorite books like: A Wrinkle in Time, Hunger games, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and others.  The guests were able to take home a book as their party favor.  It all turned out just the way Non and I imagined it — Amazing.  Thank you to all that made this day of book-nerdiness possible, putting in the extra effort to lend a helping hand.  And, to Non — I look forward to many many days of book discussions, abundant laughter, and all that jazz.  I love you!

Photo by Lesley Lukens

Photo by Lesley Lukens

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