Jonathan Safran Foer has a new book coming out called Tree of Codes and he made it by taking his favorite book, The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz and cutting out the words to create a completely new story. wow.
This is an image of the book.
He uses sculptural means to craft a story--and reminds us that books have bodies! This is one that I can't see working on a nook or a kindle or even an iPad.
Schwartz & Wade at Random House very generously donated the books so that we could give each child their own copy. (Thank you!)
The day started at Penn Station for me with a pigeon pooping on my head. So of course it was quite fitting that I should begin the reading with a manners book (the pigeon clearly had never read of it).
This is little 5 year-old Tayema and we are reading HOW TO GET MARRIED BY ME THE BRIDE and BEING A PIG IS NICE. The hospital IT people also filmed the reading for their close circuit TV thing where children from their various beds could join in--probably about 50 of them--and it will also be put on their TV loop.
Oh dear. Poor children. All I can say is I'm glad I don't have to watch myself on endless loop--no doubt you are too. (It's not just me on the loop mercifully. They have other authors and entertainers on there too.)
But seriously what a wonderful charity.
Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges. You can volunteer here and/or give here.