Flood the White House with Books: Critical Linking, February 3, 2017

This Critical Linking is sponsored by Caraval by Stephanie Garber.


In the New York Times, Donald Trump revealed he doesn’t read books. Sad!

This Valentine’s Day, share our love of literature and hopes for a better world by burying the Oval Office in a mountain of great books. In the process, we’ll support local bookstores and the publishing industry.

I get why this is happening, but he isn’t going to read them and you’re just going to annoy some poor mail clerk. But hey, support bookstores, I’m here for that.


Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has revealed details of a new short story set in his Westeros universe, focused on the bloody and incestuous Targaryen family history.

The Sons of the Dragon will be published in a fantasy anthology called The Book of Swords in October. Chronicling the reigns of the second and third Targaryen kings, Aenys I and Maegor the Cruel, the story will also explore what happened to their families, friends and enemies during their time in power.

But. But. Where’s Winds of Winter, George? Where.


I started to leave books at shelters along the AT so that other hikers could read them as well. Some books were left at hostels. Zora Neale Hurston is in Walasi-Yi, mile 30.7, where roughly a quarter of all thru-hikers decide to call it quits. Yaa Gyasi was last seen at Peru Peak in Vermont. Ladan Osman is at Crazy Larry’s in Damascus waiting for next year’s Trail Days. Responses to my project from hikers consisted of either effusive praise or dead silence.

This hiker did the AT accompanied only by books by black authors!

The dog days are over, and cool, crisp weather approaches. Spruce up your fall wardrobe with new lightweight scarves.  
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