Great Books Week 2012 Celebrates Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Ready to celebrate Great Books Week 2012, October 7-13? This year we are honoring Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. If you’ve never read it, we invite you to join us in reading this masterwork (one of my top ten favorite books). You can find the text online at Gutenberg.org, or purchase the excellent unabridged translation by Julie Rose, with introduction by Adam Gopnik. If you write about Victor Hugo or Great Books Week, please feel free to leave a brief note and link to your post in the comments below.

Great Books Week 2012 honors Les Misérables by Victor Hugo - Portrait {{PD-1923}} – published before 1923 and public domain in the US.

We hope you will open Les Misérables as Hugo desired. It’s a beautiful story.

 Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.    Victor Hugo

This year’s poster is based on an early multi-volume set of Les Misérables overlaid with an 1868 portrait of Victor Hugo by François Chifflart (1825-1901). You’re welcome to download and share it on your blog, website, or social media with a link back to www.GreatBooksWeek.com.

Great Books Week is celebrated annually during the first full week in October. We hope you enjoy it, and will share the love of great books with others.

To love is to act.  Last words in Hugo’s diary, written two weeks before his death. Quoted in Victor Hugo complete writings, Jean-Jacques Pauvert, ed. 1970.

To download the poster image, right-click on it and select “Save image as” to save it to your hard drive. Please remember to include a link to www.GreatBooksWeek.com whenever you post it.


 

 

NAIWE is a Joint Sponsor of Great Books Week 2010

Great Books Week 2010: Sponsored by Excellence in Literature and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors(ASHLAND, VA)  It’s Great Books Week, a time to celebrate the beauty of great books. This annual celebration will be held online and on campuses, libraries, and in communities nationwide.

Excellence in Literature, along with partner sponsor and website host, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE), is celebrating Great Books Weeks by offering a free downloadable poster, a blog challenge, and suggested activities.

“Great books are one of the cornerstones of civilization,” says Janice Campbell, Director of NAIWE. “In every aspect of life, personal or professional, communication forms the basis of relationships with others. Literature preserves and transmits knowledge, evokes alternate worlds, and provides endless food for thought. Great Books Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate great books and to think about why they matter.”

Libraries, schools, bookstores, and others who want to celebrate the holiday will find the free downloable poster and suggestions for activities at the Great Books Week Website, http://GreatBooksWeek.com. During the celebration, blog topics will be posted Monday through Friday, and visitors are invited to respond to the blog topic and post a link to their response on the event website.

For more information, visit http://GreatBooksWeek.com.

Great Books Week- Friday Blog Topic

Topic
When I want to give someone a special gift, I give them [name of book] because…

If you’d like to participate in Friday’s topic, write a post on your own blog, then leave your post title and link in the comment section of this post so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!

Great Books Week- Thursday Blog Topic

Topic:

I hated … when I had to read it in high school, but when I read it on my own later, I loved it because….

If you’d like to participate in Thursday’s topic, write a post on your own blog, then leave your post title and link in the comment section of this post so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!

Great Books Week- Wednesday Blog Topic

Topic
I’d write my autobiography, but I don’t need to, because my story has already been told in… [what classic book?]

If you’d like to participate in Wednesday’s topic, write a post on your own blog, then leave your post title and link in the comment section of this post so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!

Great Books Week- Tuesday Blog Topic

Topic: When I was a child, my favorite book was…because….

If you’d like to participate in Tuesday’s topic, write a post on your own blog, then leave your post title and link in the comment section of this post so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!

Great Books Week- Monday Blog Topic

Topic: If I were stranded alone on a deserted island with only seven books to read over the next few years, I would like to have…

If you’d like to participate in Monday’s topic, write a post on your own blog, then leave your post title and link in the comment section of this post so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!

We were traveling today and missed posting this early on Monday, so some of the early Monday comments can be found on the previous post. Don’t miss them!

Remember to share the invitation with everyone you know. If they don’t love great books, they probably soon will!

Tuesday’s topic page will post Monday evening, but you can still post on Monday, even after Tuesday goes up. Enjoy!

Great Books Week Blog Tour- October 4-10, 2009

In honor of Great Books Week, a holiday that is celebrated annually the first full week in October, NAIWE is hosting a Blog Tour with a specific daily topic Monday through Friday. The Association is a major sponsor of this event, and we fully support its goals.

If you’d like to participate, write a post on your own blog on the appropriate topic each day, then visit the appropriate post (linked below) on the NAIWE blog to leave your post title and link in the comment section so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!

Here’s the schedule of topics:


Monday: If I were stranded alone on a deserted island with only seven books to read over the next few years, I would like to have…

Tuesday: When I was a child, my favorite book was… because….

Wednesday: I’d write my autobiography, but I don’t need to, because my story has already been told in… [what classic book?]

Thursday: I hated … when I had to read it in high school, but when I read it on my own later, I loved it because….

Friday: When I want to give someone a special gift, I give them [name of book] because…

You may approach your topic in any way you choose– you don’t need to stick with the word choices in the topics above.

Be sure to stop by the Facebook Event Page and “attend” there as well. You can even post comments and links on the event wall. While you’re there, I hope you’ll join the NAIWE News and Events page for Writers and Editors page. It’s another good way to keep in touch!

Finally, we invite you to make a small donation to the highly-rated charity, First Book in honor of Great Books Week. It takes only $2 to provide a needy child with a book to keep and cherish. You can read more and donate at the GBW web page. Great people read (and share) great books!