A couple of weeks ago, while we were at the Sundance Film Festival*, we noticed something crazy -- celeb-types reading YA books! And not just the books for the movies they starred in for library READ posters**! It turns out the publicity firm media muscle has launched a good books/good cause campaign, putting their books in all the gift baskets***, right there with the caviar and champagne, AND made a donation to help at-risk kids.
And we have to admit it's a brilliant piece of YAngelism. Sure, sure, it's meant to drum up support for literacy in general, and I suppose that's a good cause. I mean, you can't read YA if you don't know how to read at all, right? But take just a minute to think about the potential of this idea. The right books in the right famous hands ... it could change the world!
I've come up with a few possible future targets for good books/good cause, and invite you to share yours in the comments.
We'll pick our favorite (based on a highly scientific formula of beer-snort-worthiness, fist-pump-to-hells-yeah ratio and possibly a random number drawing) and the lucky winner will receive SIGNED copies of Willow by Julia Hoban and Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa, two of the books included in the Sundance gift baskets.
P.S. You can also just leave a comment saying how awesome we are. We take compliments anytime.
He might not like Will Grayson, or Other Will Grayson, but even Pat Robertson can't resist the magic of Tiny Cooper. I'll bet he'd even have Tiny Dancer performed live on the 700 Club! Look, here he is saying, "This book changed my mind about those homosexuals! My life! Everything! I AM WILL GRAYSON!"
Kim Jong Il and the North Koreans just walked away from peace talks with South Korea. What the South Koreans need is a copy of Jellicoe Road. After reading it, Kim Jong Il will have learned that territory wars are all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and then they're all secrets and guilt and shame. Besides, he'll totally sign ANYTHING (like a peace treaty and his own abdication order) while suffering from TEABS.
Israeli intelligence snapped this photo of Egyptian
dictator president Hosni Mubarak. Following is a transcript of his phone conversation with Vice President Omar Suleiman:
Mubarak: No, Omar, I'm sorry. I really have to step down.
Suleiman: But sir, are you sure? You've had power for so long and now you're just going to give it up?
Mubarak: I'm afraid so. You see, I just discovered this amazing book about a girl who finds out she's a princess and doesn't want to be, but she eventually accepts her role as leader for the good of her people, and it made me realize although I want to be princess, er president, but I really can't anymore because the good of my people is more important. Besides, I can't be bothered with running a country until I know what happens with Michael and Mia!
Hey, it couldn't hurt, right?
Now it's your turn! Tell us what you've got,
and make sure to leave yr email address in the space on the comment form (not in the comment itself) and/or subscribe to the comments to see if you've won!
*Haha, right, like we were actually lucky enough to be at Sundance. We just know someone who knows someone who was.
**I firmly believe you can tell a lot about a celebrity by the book they choose to pose with in those posters.
***Those are the real celebs with the real books in the header!