Welcome to the Master Post for The Beats of Summer! This is a one-month event focused on all things Beats, including primary texts, any re-imaginings of their original works, biographies, critical texts, etc. In early May, I announced sign-ups for the event, and was very surprised by the great response from all different types of readers & bloggers! I know many of you, like me, have been anxious to get started – so thank you all for your interest, for signing-up, and for spreading the word.
I have a lot of things planned for this month-including giveaways, guest posts, and, of course, my own reading and reviewing of Beat works. First, let’s talk logistics.
At the bottom of this post is a “Mister Linky” widget. Whenever you review a book or write a post related to the event, please link it on this master post. Please include the title or subject of whatever your post is AND your blog name in the “Name” section of the link. It should look something like: “On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Roof Beam Reader).” This will ensure that all the links are in a similar format, and that others will know what your post is about before they click on it. I will make sure that the button on the right side of my blog will take you to this post. Please make sure to only link-up your posts on this main list!
Whenever you link a post, you will become eligible to win the giveaways that I will be hosting here throughout the month. The only way to be entered for these prizes is to make sure your posts are linked-up here (this includes reviews of the books you’ve read, commentary on Beats topics, giveaways, or any other posts directly related to this event).
There are also going to be giveaways hosted by participants of the event (we are still accepting offers!). Specific details for each of these giveaways may be different, so be sure to read the rules on those giveaway posts carefully and enter if you are interested! For any of the giveaways, here or at other participants’ blogs, you will need to be pre-registered (before June 15th) for this event in order to win.
Our first giveaway comes courtesy of Vintage Books!
They have generously sent me one copy of The Voice is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac by Joyce Johnson
1. You must be a registered participant of The Beats of Summer reading event.
2. You must read, review, and link-up one review by June 15th or post a new announcement on your blog about your participation in this event (also by June 15th).
Alright, I think that’s it! I hope you are as excited as I am! Let’s go get our Beats on!
The first book I’ll be reading is Howl by Allen Ginsberg- what’s yours!?
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