2015 Man Booker Longlist Tweet

If you haven’t had a chance to retweet the 2015 Man Booker longlist announcement tweet–and the snazzy GIF accompaniment–here it is.

Video: “Marvelous Cornelius”

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner and illustrated by John Parra celebrates everyday hero Cornelius Washington, an exuberant New Orleans sanitation worker who rallied the and inspired his neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

This video was created by the 4th graders from Swenke Elementary, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Texas.

Can You Declare a National Day?

Last Monday on Marketplace, Kai Ryssdal introduced listeners to Lewis Wallace’s exploration: “Just how do national days get on the calendar?”

You see, June 1 was National Barefoot Day, National Pen Pal Day, National Say Something Nice Day, and National Heimlich Maneuver Day, and Wallace traced each national day back to their origins. (She even captured the 95-year-old Dr. Henry Heimlich voicing his amusement that he was competing with a potentially-chokeable National Hazelnut Cake Day.)

What I found useful was the discovery of an even higher power, if you will, of national calendar days: an organization called National Day Calendar. At, you can not only discover the declared national holidays, you can actually apply to register one yourself.

According to the website, an approved national day registration will receive many benefits, including a press release stating the new designation, annual inclusion in their daily post on the National Day Calendar and social media accounts, a professionally-framed 18″ x 24″ certificate proclaiming the day, a proclamation sent to over 10,000 media that follow National Day Calendar as a resource, and inclusion on the daily radio update heard on hundreds of radio stations in the United States.

Out of the more than 10,000 applications submitted for consideration each year, only 20 to 25 are added to their calendar. But they do accept one-time applications, like for a town’s centennial anniversary or something similar.

To receive the daily updates from National Day Calendar, you can subscribe to receive their email notifications, or follow them on FacebookTwitter, Google +, or Tumblr.

ICYMI: The Girl on the Train

In case you missed it… The Girl on the Train has reach more than 2 million copies sold. Here’s a little video from Riverhead Books celebrating the milestone.

Banned Books Infographic

If you want to practice yesterday’s 300 Seconds task, here’s something. created an infographic that explores the history of banned books. The piece looks into where and when the books were banned and also the reason behind the ban; religious, political, or sometimes just plain ridiculous.

This is just a detailed look. I’ve included the entire infographic below, and here is a link to the original.

The Facebook scheduler only requires 10 minutes lead time… and you’ve certainly got that if you want to schedule a post for a time leading up to Banned Books Week.