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2012 Marathon Read

September 13-14, 2012

From 1 pm on September 13 through 1 pm on the 14th, students, faculty, and community members were engaged in a public marathon reading of Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Heller began writing the book while employed as a teacher of first-year writing at Penn State from 1950-52. Many members of the Penn State community, from Sue Paterno to members of the men's and women's basketball teams to Dean Susan Welch, volunteered their time to read a portion of the novel aloud to eager onlookers. A steady crowd remained throughout the night and the next day, providing the center of Penn State's campus with an exciting public literary event.

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2013 Marathon Read

Sep 05, 2013 01:00 PM to Sep 06, 2013 01:00 PM
Pattee Library Lawn

The Penn State community participated in a 24-hour long marathon reading of Gabriel García Márquez's novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, co-sponsored by CALS.

Following the tradition established with last year's reading of Joseph Heller's Catch-22, the second annual Penn State Marathon Read began at 1 pm on Thursday September 5th, continued overnight, and concluded at 1 pm on on Friday September 6th.

This year's text, chosen by popular vote, was Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. For twenty-four hours, students, faculty, staff, and community members took turns reading five-minute sections of the book aloud.

Sue Paterno kicked off the event, and was joined by a diverse line-up of faculty, athletic teams, graduate students, and community members. By bringing together Penn State and the greater State College community, Marathon Reads exemplifies CALS's commitment to the power of public literature.

This year's event also showcased the multilingual talents of many readers, who read not only from the English translation of Márquez's book, but also from the original Spanish text, as well as Italian, German, French, and Mandarin translations. 

The event was also co-sponsored by the College of the Liberal Arts, School of Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Paterno Fellows Program, and Center for Democratic Deliberation.

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