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Part 2- Random Fandom

The following are literature-related fandoms.

The Mary Sue
Billing itself as the "heartbeat of geek culture", The Mary Sue explores a wide range of all things "fan". This particular article explores the psychology of fandom, providing insights into the brain science and the philosophy behind empathizing with characters and actors, as well as the emotional attachment that devotees may develop.

National Book Festival
This is the place to be if you are a bibliophile. Held in Washington D.C., the festival boasts a giant main stage, more than 100 authors, the Library of Congress Pavilion, and a variety of family friendly events. The NBF bring fans and book creators together in a celebration of the written word.

Nerdcon: Nerdfighteria
The first ever Nerdfighteria Con will convene in winter 2017.  According to the preliminary site, those interested can "join members of the Nerdfighter…

Yes We Con!

For those of you unfamiliar with the term "con" or " fandom", this blog will help you master the lingo on all things having to do with the con and fandom world. First some terms of endearment, I will offer a starter fandom glossary taken straight out of a School Library Journal article. Following that, I will list some sites where you can get more information on upcoming fandom and Comic Con events around the country.

Level 1- The Basics

Cosplay: A mash-up of the words costume and play, cosplay is both a noun and a verb. Cosplayers dress as favorite characters, celebrities, or anime characters; truly anything is fair game in cosplay. Imagine a cross between Halloween and your favorite pop culture phenomenon.

Cons: An abbreviation of "convention". Comic-con San Diego (held annually in July for the past 46 years) is likely the most famed of cons.

Fandom: A combo of the words fan and kingdom, which identifies a group of people with a common interest.


The Reading Without Walls Challenge

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang invites you to take the Reading Without Walls Challenge! Inspired by his official platform, the challenge encourages readers to explore books of diverse voices, genres, and formats. *Click flyer and certificate to download*

*Click poster to print and hang in your classroom*
Share the challenge on social media!

Take a photo of the book and post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag#ReadingWithoutWalls
Challenge your classroom or community!

If you are a teacher, librarian, or bookseller, you can encourage your students, patrons, and customers to take up the Reading Without Walls Challenge! See what San Francisco’s Live Oak School did this past school year!

Be a part of the fall 2016 pilot program!

To participate: Email to let us know you are planning to participate ( a pilot ‘Reading Without Walls’ program in your classroomReport back to us with any details that you would like to sh…