Headline January 28, 2017/ ''' *READS & RIGHTS : RIGHTS & READS* '''

''' *READS & RIGHTS : 


*TOLERANCE  AND  TOLERANCE*   -IF THE  world needed anything more as of now, it's tolerance and tolerance, for very sure.

Thus, last year's celebrations of the  *United Nations International Tolerance Day*  on November 16  felt achingly needed, in whatever form they may take.

''IN A HOPELESSLY FRAGMENTED WORLD, where sadly,  inequalities still occur every day, every moment- 

*It is very, very important that we all have access to such powerful tools as books and part of the  Reads and Rights campaign was to showcase the incredible value that libraries have in our society*.

*BATH SPA UNIVERSITY* looked to literature in its commemorations; publishing a list of 10 books that have encouraged free thought and positive change in society.

The  *globe-spanning*  list looks across the centuries, across the centuries, across genres  and styles,  to deliver a selection which encompasses  humanity at its most diverse and compassionate.

Including modern entries like the  young adult  novel Two Boys Kissing, to classics such as  Sylvia Plath's  The Bell Jar  and  Virginia Woolf's Orlando.

STUDENTS, Academics, authors, and librarians all helped compile the list as part of Bath Spa University Library's  *Reads and Rights* campaign - a year long project intended to celebrate diversity and equality across history and in the literary sphere-

Highlighting the authors and books  which have inspired debate and change around the entire world.

Nominations were determined by using five different categories to ensure diversity :  race, gender, disability, mental health, and sexuality  -with the public voting both  online and via Twitter  for the book which they believed to have had-

The biggest personal impact on them, or in wider society's understanding and response to issues of inequality.

*Here then are  10  novels that speak to us clearly on the issues of inequality and of the need for tolerance to make this a better world* :

The full list as follows:

  • The Ball Jar, Sylvia Plath.
  • Nevada, Imogen Binnie.
  • The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism, Naoki Higashida.
  • The Story of my Life, Helen Keller.
  • I am Malala : The Girl who stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Malala Yusuafzai     and Christina Lamb.
  • Orlando, Virginia Woolf.
  • Elisabeth is Missing, Emma Healey.
  • Survival in Auschwitz {If This is a Man}, Primo Levi.
  • Ain't I a Women?; Black Women and Feminism, Bell Hooks.

''The Worlds that we glimpse and share through books and reading have the power to  shape people's ideas and beliefs,  for the good,'' stated Alison Baud, Bath Spa University director of Library and Learning Services.

''*Through a story, we can be inspired to challenge our value system and spark conversation that can lead to a better society for us all.  

Therefore, it is  vital that investments is made in libraries for this very reason, and we hope that our project plays an important role in highlighting the benefits of ensuring that the public continue to have free access to books.''

With most respectful dedication to President Barrack H  Obama, President Donald J Trump, and the great nation of America, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers.

See Ya all -everybody, On !WOW!  -the World Students Society and Twitter-!E-WOW!  -the Ecosystem 2011:

'''Fortune Favors Adventure '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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