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.