The Epic Read-A-Thon is a 24-hour, nonstop, out-loud community reading to benefit the Woodlawn Writers Corps, a collective of nearly 700 students at Avondale Elementary, Oliver Elementary, and Putnam Middle School. Want to help us read for 24 hours and support young writers in Birmingham? Register as a reader/fundraiser at discobham.com/epic and then check the schedule below to find a time that works for you. Titles listed below will be read, but we will also have additional texts available, and readers may also request their own titles during signup. We will make every effort to honor all times and requests. Thank you!

FRIDAY
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

THANK YOU BOOKS PRESENTS:
FROM THE MIXED UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER

This year’s read-a-thon theme is Stranded! Birmingham’s soon-to-arrive independent bookstore, Thank You Books, will kick things off with E.L. Konigsburg’s classic about running away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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FRIDAY
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

SIDEWALK FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Barthelme, Rankine, Cisneros, Sealey, and York

Our friends from the Sidewalk Film Festival will read Donald Barthelme’s “Concerning the Bodyguard” & poems by Claudia Rankine, Sandra Cisneros, Nicole Sealey and Jake Adam York.

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FRIDAY
9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“THE STATE” BY TOMMY ORANGE & “HAUNTING OLIVIA” BY KAREN RUSSELL

Urban drift and a search for a ghost takes us into the night.

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“MOTHERS LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS BECAUSE THEY ARE TERRIFYING” BY ALICE SOLA KIM

Get stranded in suburban America with this short story about three Korean girls adopted by American families.

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FRIDAY
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.


“WHERE THE LINE BLEEDS” BY JESMYN WARD & “CATHEDRAL” BY RAYMOND CARVER

Sometimes when characters are lost, they get found. Join us for two incredibly crafted works as we watch Friday turn into Saturday.

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FRIDAY
11 p.m. to 12 a.m.


BIRMINGHAM MOUNTAIN RADIO PRESENT: TABLE READ OF CASTAWAY

Join our friends from 107.3 WBMR for a live midnight table-read of the movie Castaway.

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SATURDAY
12 a.m. to 1 a.m.


“THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME” BY RICHARD CONNELL

A classic tale of survival in the wilderness.

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SATURDAY
1 a.m. to 2 a.m.


THE INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL at UAB PRESENTS:
“DARK THEY WERE, AND GOLDEN EYED” BY RAY BRADBURY

This science-fiction story proves that Earth isn’t the only place you can be stranded.

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SATURDAY
2 a.m. to 3 a.m.


THE INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL at UAB PRESENTS:
SELECTIONS FROM THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL BY ANNE FRANK

An attic in Amsterdam is the setting for this timeless testament to imagination and spirit.

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SATURDAY
3 a.m. to 4 a.m.


“SURVIVOR TYPE” BY STEPHEN KING

Stephen King’s take on a shipwreck tale includes a surgeon, a cruise ship, and whole lot of drugs.

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SATURDAY
4 a.m. to 5 a.m.


“RAPPACCINI’S DAUGHTER” BY NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE & “THE LOTOS EATERS” BY ALFRED TENNYSON

Both stories feature plants that create altered states, rendering those who consume them stranded in various ways.

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SATURDAY
5 a.m. to 6 a.m.


BROWN GIRL DREAMING BY JACQUELINE WOODSON

This novel told in verse won the National Book Award, the Corretta Scott King Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A DISCO favorite in the classroom, Woodson’s poetry teaches us how to turn any desert island into a home.

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SATURDAY
6 a.m. to 7 a.m.


“EYES OF A BLUE DOG” BY GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ

Let this magical writer take us into a dream world of isolation and loneliness.

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SATURDAY
7 a.m. to 8 a.m.


THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH BY NORTON JUSTER

This modern classic includes alternate reality, exiled princesses, and wordplay—fun. Follow Milo through the tollbooth!

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SATURDAY
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.


THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH BY NORTON JUSTER (continued)

Keep following Milo!

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SATURDAY
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.


“LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL” BY DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., & “LETTER TO A YOUNG POET” BY RAINIER MARIA RILKE

King was jailed with local activists Ralph Abernathy and Fred Shuttlesworth. His letter is in response to “A Call for Unity,” which suggested that African American protesters should stand down and let legislators decide their fates. Rilke turns to the letter form and insists that no one can help artists—they must go into themselves.

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SATURDAY
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.


WOODLAWN WRITERS CORPS SHOWCASE

Come listen to original work by the student-writers of the Woodlawn Writers Corps!

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SATURDAY
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


LOTS AND LOTS OF POETRY! (By Basho, Elizabeth Bishop, Oni Buchanan, Lucille Clifton, Ross Gay, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Strand, Ocean Vuong & Kevin Young)

These poets know a thing or two about being lost, isolated, and adrift.

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SATURDAY
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


“A PERFECT DAY FOR BANANAFISH” BY JD SALINGER & “TOM EDISON’S SHAGGY DOG” BY KURT VONNEGUT

Does it get better than watching Salinger and Vonnegut characters alienating themselves from others?

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SATURDAY
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


AN HOUR OF EMILY DICKINSON

Join Emily in her garden. Come alone and don’t say a word.

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SATURDAY
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.


“THE YELLOW WALLPAPER” BY CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN & “THE STORY OF AN HOUR” BY KATE CHOPIN

Join our female protagonists, stranded in 19th century marriages.

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SATURDAY
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.


“IN WHICH POOH GOES VISITING AND GETS INTO A TIGHT PLACE” BY A.A. MILNE & JUMANJI BY CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG

Children get stranded, too. Get lost in the imaginations of Milne and Van Allsburg.

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SATURDAY
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.


EXCERPT FROM PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK BY ANNIE DILLARD & SELECTED POEMS BY MARY OLIVER

Two forces of American writing. Nature, solitude, and space abound in these writers’ works.

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SATURDAY
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.


THE BEST OF THE ODYSSEY

To close out our 2019 EPIC Read-a-Thon, librarian Katie Moellering will embroider during the reading and undo her work at the end of the hour — JUST LIKE PENELOPE!

SIGN UP TO READ BETWEEN 6 PM and 7 PM
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SATURDAY
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.