October Literary Holidays

 October is known for its spooky holiday themes, but the literary holidays are less spooky and a whole lot of fun.

If you are familiar with the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, then this day might be for you. On October 6th, it is Mad Hatter day due to the number he wears in his hat. It’s a perfect time to explore the world of Wonderland again or check out some books on tea. The Mad Hatter is the host of probably one of the most famous tea parties in the literary world.


Mad Hatters and March Hares 
All new stories from the world
of Alice in Wonderland.

A Literary Tea Party
Tea and books… the perfect pairing.

October 7th through the 13th is National Teen Read Week. This year it is being celebrated with the theme: “It’s Written in the Stars: READ!” Started in 1991, it’s a week devoted to encouraging teens to read. Teens are invited to vote on their top three favorite books out of a list of twenty-five.  All the books on the list are great reads but here are a few you can find at the library:

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
Warcross by Marie Lu
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Myths and Legends Day is on October 11th. Explore the myths of Medusa, Anansi, Lady Mu Guiying, and many more. Use this day to brush up on some myths and legends you already know about or explore some new ones. Here are some recommendations for you:

African Myths of Origin by Stephen Paterson Belcher

Gathering a wide range of traditional African myths, this collection offers tales of heroes battling mighty serpents and monstrous birds, brutal family conflict and vengeance, and desperate migrations across vast and alien lands.

The Mythology Book

This book goes beyond Greek, Roman, and Norse  myths to explore legends of the Caribbean, the Americas, Oceania, and East Asia.

 

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

This recent bestseller contains Gaiman’s retelling of the myths that fascinated him in his youth and influenced his unique literary voice.

 

Looking forward to getting you some more literary holidays for November!

~posted by Meranda T.

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