Jawnts: A Hundred Years trip, page by page

April 19, 2015

Reading is usually a solitary activity, best pursued in a comfy armchair or a secluded corner of a library. Even on a crowded bus during the morning commute, the reader is essentially alone.

But Thursday, for the ninth year in a row, the Kelly Writers House will turn a well-loved novel into a communal experience. Starting at 9 a.m., a rotating group of devotees, academics, and passersby will spend about 14 hours reading all 417 pages of Gabriel García Márquez's masterwork, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

"It's come up every year I've worked here [during the selection process for the annual marathon read], but we've shied away from it because of the length," says Alli Katz, the Writers House program coordinator. "Márquez passed away last year; it's a way to celebrate this amazing writer and share our love. It's a fun atmosphere of being with people who also care about the things you care about."

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