Jen Robinson clued me into the James Patterson Page Turner Awards. Lots of great organizations and individuals receive large monetary awards for encouraging reading. One of the smaller prize winners was the Second Chance reading program here in Austin. It tries to get books to incarcerated teens. What a neat program, and I’d never even heard of it before. There are lots of other really great programs that won something including Kathy Patrick’s Beauty and the Book. I was there once during a writer’s retreat in Jefferson, TX. Such a crazy place.

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