August may have few nationally acknowledged holidays, but if you appreciate literature I’ve got a few things you can celebrate.
Kicking off the month we have National Book Lover’s Day taking place on August 9th. On this day celebrate by enjoying the smell of books, visit the library, drop literary references into casual speech, or just enjoy a favorite book. Here are a couple book-themed books to help with the day:
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi is the author’s memoir from her time in Iran when she started an underground book club with seven girls reading western books outlawed by the government.
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine depicts an alternative history where the Great Library of Alexandria still exists and it is illegal to own books.
August 22 is the birthday of Ray Bradbury. One of the masters of Science Fiction, he was a lover of libraries giving them credit for his education, and a magical public speaker. Fahrenheit 451 is still very prevalent in schools and has been adapted into movies twice, once in 1966 and 2018. He helped make Science Fiction respectable and more widely accepted. Without further ado, here are some items in honor of Bradbury Day.
Dandelion Wine is a magical retelling of a summer in 1928 in Illinois as seen through the eyes of a 12 year old boy.
A Graveyard for Lunatics gives you a taste of 1950s Hollywood in this mystery.
International Read Comics in Public Day was created in 2010 and gets celebrated on August 28th. The day was selected in honor of Jack Kirby who is widely regarded as one the major innovators and creators of comics. As the title suggests, it’s a great day to read a comic in public to support comics, showing they are enjoyed by all. Here are some suggestions for you.
Machine Man by Jack Kirby is the complete series about a military weaponized robot with a soul.
Black Panther Vol. 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates tells the story of Black Panther trying to help Wakanda adapt to changes brought about by a violent uprising caused by a superhuman terrorist group.
Frankenstein Day concludes the month on August 30th, Mary Shelley’s birthday. It’s a day to celebrate the book and honor the author. There are many books and movies inspired by Frankenstein, which provides a plethora of resources for this day. Throw a Frankenstein party, possibly with lab decorations, Frankenstein’s Monster Cake, and other tasty green treats. Here are some recommendations from our stacks for you:
The Last Man by Mary Shelley is set in the 20th century where the human race is facing extermination by the plague.
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmad Saʻdāwī draws on local life in Baghdad to tell the story of Hadi, who creates a body out of parts found on the street and then what happens to his creation when it goes missing.
Frankenstein the complete legacy collection gives you the original movie plus seven more tales inspired by him.
Enjoy your August! More holidays in store for September!
– Posted by Meranda T.