In October 2007, Dewey from The Hidden Side of a Leaf started the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, an event that was inspired by 24 Hour Comics Day. In her words, here’s how the read-a-thon got started:
My husband and son go to 24 Hour Comics Day, an annual event held in October. My role has always been to drive them there and pick them up the next morning, so that my husband doesn’t have to drive half an hour after being up all night working on his comic.
When I participated in MotherReader’s 48 Hour Book Challenge this past spring (and even won a prize!), I was reminded of the 24 Hour Comics Day. That weekend, I decided that this October 20th (a Saturday), while my husband and son are off making comics, I would hold a 24 Hour Readathon. Ideally, if it goes well, I’d like to make it an annual thing.
When Dewey first started the read-a-thon in October 2007, 37 people participated. When she again hosted the read-a-thon in June 2008, 69 people participated. At Dewey’s last read-a-thon in October 2008, there were 119 people participating. As someone who helped Dewey with the organization and execution of the read-a-thon, I can tell you that she was blown away by the response to her idea.
The read-a-thon, in about one year’s time, became such a cornerstone of the book blogging community that the event was nominated for best event/carnival/meme for BBAW. It didn’t win, but Dewey really appreciated the nomination.
After Dewey passed away, the three of us who had helped Dewey with the past two read-a-thons, Hannah (WordLily), Ana (Nymeth), and Trish (Hey Lady!) knew we wanted to continue the tradition. We certainly don’t expect to live up to the high standard that Dewey set for us, but we can certainly try.
So mark your calendars! The next 24-Hour Read-a-thon will start: April 18th at 5am Pacific (1pm GMT).
For information about the 24-Hour Read-a-thon CLICK HERE. There are some changes, so even if you’ve participated before, please look for new information.
If you would like to host a mini-challenge, please email DeweyReadathon at gmail.
If you would like to donate a prize, please email DeweyReadathon at gmail. For prize ideas, check out the prize list from last time.
If you would like to help with an organizational task, please check out the FAQ page to see a list of tasks and email us at DeweyReadathon at gmail if you would like to take on any of them.
If you would like to donate BookMooch points that will be given to BookMooch charities during the event, please email DeweyReadathon at gmail.
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