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SIBA Launches “Parapalooza”

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Association:

SIBA has created “Parapalooza!”—a YouTube channel devoted to people reading favorite selections from favorite books—as a way to foster avid readers’ enthusiasm for great writing. People are invited to submit their own short videos to the channel by sending them to parapalooza@sibaweb.com.

With the advent of easy distribution via social media sites like Vine and YouTube, and the fact that anyone with a smart phone can record a video and share it with the touch of a button, sharing brief moments of readerly enthusiasm seems like a natural way to bring readers together around their favorite books.

Already, videos include Lady Banks reading from Kathryn Stripling Byer’s Descent (winner of the 2013 SIBA Book Award for Poetry); Toi Thomas reading Robert Frost; and Kaye Barley reading from Pat Conroy’s Beach Music.

For more information, and to start watching videos, visit authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/parapalooza.

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