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A Year of Reading the World

Writer Ann Morgan set herself a challenge- to read one book from every country in the world in one year.

Ann Morgan found her book shelves to contain a massive cultural gap.  Her shelves were composed of primarily British & North American literature.

To remedy this, she put together her blog A Year of Reading the World, & wrote an appeal to the public seeking suggestions for her new reading list.  Her project was met with warm response that grew from colleagues to friends to friends of friends to strangers.

Over the course of 2012, Ann read 196 books, one for each country recognized by the United Nations + former UN member Taiwan.

She explores the reasons behind her project & how she went about accomplishing finding / reading / writing about such a staggering amount of literature in a single year thru her TEDTalk, linked to below.

This interactive map provides a visualization of her journey.

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Jeremiah Walton is wary of bios, but there's the current sign they're flying: “Jeremiah Walton is founder of Nostrovia! Press & traveling bookstore Books & Shovels. They’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival, Oakland Beast Crawl, San Francisco Lit Crawl, Death Rattle, the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown, Cleveland’s Guide to Kulchur: Snoetry, among other lit fests, street corners, & living rooms across the country. They loath-themselves, & are struggling to find a healthy extension of the poem that incorporates publishing. Consistently confused, & trying to make space for compassion for the parts of myself I hate.” That feels like tattooing "love me" across my neck, but hopefully you get to know me thru my poems, not the accolades that are nothing more than memories to let go of.

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