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Faculty, students sponsor Marathon Read to celebrate the resilience of books

Ever since there have been books, there have been people trying to get rid of them. This year’s Marathon Read celebrates the resilience of books and book culture with readings of three dystopian novels, each of which imagines a future in which books are controlled, censored, banned or destroyed: Ray Bradbury’s "Fahrenheit 451," Margaret Atwood’s "The Handmaid’s Tale" and Aldous Huxley’s "Brave New World."

The College of the Liberal Arts and various departments and centers are organizing a marathon 24-hour reading of the novels, beginning at noon Thursday, Sept. 25, on the lawn in front of Pattee and Paterno Libraries.

The event is free and open to the public to attend or to participate. Students and faculty are invited to camp out overnight and bring appropriate equipment. Pizza and breakfast will be provided by event sponsors.

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