Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mash Day: Literary Events (Don't forget your towel!)

So, this Friday is May 25, and May 25 is entirely froody because it is Towel Day, and Towel Day is made of awesome because it is the day we celebrate the life of Douglas Adams and his hilarious literary creation The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which I may have mentioned once or twice on this blog. (And that is what we call a run-on sentence.)  Now, we carry our towels on Towel Day because Douglas Adams taught us that, as the creative folk at illustrate in the infographic above, a towel is the most useful object in the universe.

Towel Day may be the most delightfully silly of literary holidays, but it is certainly not the only one. We readers have conjured lots of opportunities to celebrate our favorite authors and revel in their books. If you're a Tolkien fan, you may want to celebrate Hobbit Day this September or the Fall of Sauron next March. If you find yourself feeling folksy this July, and you want to trick your friends into helping with a home improvement project, throw a National Tom Sawyer Days party and get your fence painted for free. get your rhyme on and celebrate Limerick Day on May 12, the birthday of the strange and nonsensical poet Edward Lear.

This is just a sampling, and if these holidays don't satisfy you, how about St. George's Day in Catalonia, Spain? In honor of the story of St. George and the Dragon, men give women roses and women give men books. I have it on good authority from a sweet Spanish friend that the street of Barcelona are filled with vendors selling roses and books, and it's quite the party. I want to go to there, don't you?

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