Just a quickie today – I currently have an old school friend visiting and we are very busy running around doing lots of fun things in Manhattan, which means reading and blogging have been put rather on hold!
However, I just wanted to post about Virago Reading Week, which the lovely Carolyn of A Few of My Favourite Books and I are planning on hosting around the end of January/beginning of February. This will be a very exciting opportunity to dig out those hoarded but unread green spines (or black spines for our American friends), or, for those of you who have never read a Virago before, to read a Virago for the very first time. If you are reading this post and have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, please click over to here, and all will become clear.
There is a huge range of choice when it comes to reading Virago Modern Classics; Carolyn and I are working on putting together an alphabetical Master List which will help you in choosing titles to read if you don’t have some sitting on your shelves. This will hopefully be ready within the next week or two, when I have time to sit down and finish it. 🙂 Just as a taster, the Virago list spans from the 18th to the 21st century, and includes authors as ‘mainstream’ as Edith Wharton, Jane Austen, and Louisa May Alcott, along with the more modernist talents of authors such as Dorothy Richardson, Barbara Comyns and Sylvia Townsend Warner. Many of my favourite novels, such as The Rector’s Daughter by F M Mayor and The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim, are Virago Modern Classics. There is so much variety and choice amongst the list that there really is something for everybody, and I do very much hope that many of you will be excited to join in. If you want a good starting point to research titles, please do go over to Verity’s fantastic blog, where she is chronicling her reading of the entire list. She is quite the expert on Viragos! There is also an excellently helpful community over on the Librarything Virago group.
I am not the most organised person in the world, so things are going to be quite flexible. When Carolyn and I have firmed up the exact week, we’ll let you know, and I’ll post up the full list of titles to choose from just as soon as it’s ready. Within the week you can read as many or as few titles as you wish, and Carolyn and I plan on doing some posts about feminist literature, feminist presses, and female authors, to fuel your Virago reading fires. I am also hoping to be able to secure some prizes but I haven’t really got started on sorting that out yet so I can’t make any promises, though I’ll do my absolute best! So, at this point, all you need to do at this point is get excited, and keep the end of January/February in mind when it comes to making reading plans!
One thing we could do with some help on is creating a button for the week – ‘technology’ and ‘Rachel’ do not naturally mix and as such I am hopeless at doing such things. If anyone can assist, please give me an email and you will receive my eternal gratitude!
Normal BookSnob service will resume in a couple of days!