Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Take the Boneshaker reading challenge: Every day in June

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Books, Book news Updated: June 10, 2011 - 8:19 AM

 

Boneshaker Books in April, during Augsburg College's read-the-entire-text-of-Ulysses-out-loud challenge.

Boneshaker Books in April, during Augsburg College's read-the-entire-text-of-Ulysses-out-loud challenge.

 

We're just at the end of the first week of June, so it's probably not too late to jump on the Boneshaker Bandwagon.

Boneshaker Books--that fascinating new bookstore just off of East Franklin Avenue at 23rd Avenue South in Minneapolis (and aren't Minneapolis directions confusing? So says this former Duluthian, who grew up in a town where East was actually North)--has challenged its friends and customers to read something, anything, every single day in June.

So far, nearly 450 people have signed up on their website to say they're up to that challenge. (And given this either too-hot or too-cold weather, why not? I'm not going outside when it's 103 degrees. I'm just saying.) It's great to click over to the site and see what people are reading--"A Thousand Splendid Suns," and "Name of the World" by Denis Johnson, and "Black Like Me," by John Howard Griffin.

Boneshaker, while we have your attention, has lots of other things going on this summer, too--summer reads for kids under five, every Tuesday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and a big sale (with cupcakes) from AK Press on Saturday June 18, for all you radicals and anarchists out there, and, get this, they have free delivery, by bicycle, of books you order over the phone or the Web. All year round, throughout the Twin Cities.

 

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