Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton

The Camel Bookmobile

by Masha Hamilton

I read this book when it came out and enjoyed it immensely. I've since been following the author's site for collecting books and funds for those in remote areas of East Africa. Yes, they literally take the lending library books to small, sometimes nomadic communities on the backs of camels. The book is fiction but it's based on her personal experience while travelling with the camel bookmobiles. It's a good read and directs people to a good cause.

Some 235 authors now support this drive, including names such as Isabel Allende, Chris Bohjalian,Maeve Binchy, Judy Blume, Michael Chabon and many others we all recognize.

I am reading for the 2009 Year of the Reader challenge for bookish charities and have chosen The Camel Book Drive to direct any contributions to. I need sponsors to contribute for each book I read this year, any amount will be accepted. But I also wanted to direct attention to this challenge and the many literary and book programs being read for.

What can you do? Any of the following:

Check out the sites, join the reading challenge that runs all year and choose a charity from the posted list, sponsor someone for the books they read in 2009, or enjoy reading The Camel Bookmobile. Sponsors may email me and remain anonymous if they wish. My progress is posted in the sidebar, eighteen books read to date.


  1. I absolutely love the cover of this book!

  2. What a fantastic post! I have seen this book, but haven't bought it yet.

  3. I have never heard of the Camel Bookmobile but you've opened my eyes to the need there. Can you imagine not being able to go to the local library or bookstore whenever you wanted?

  4. This sounds like a fascinating read for any booklover! Just checked on-line and yeah, my library has it. :)

    Now to get through the dozen or so I already have waiting...

  5. I read about this on Book Club Girl's site last fall, but haven't added it to my TBR yet. It's wonderful that the novel is drawing attention to the true need (and that people are responding to it).

  6. That really is a great cover! I have it on my wish list for one of these days.. It sounds like a really unique project.

  7. Gorgeous cover art!! That alone would make me pick up this book.

  8. I've been meaning to read this one...

  9. Thank you for choosing the Camel Book Drive for your charity push!
    Warmly, Masha



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