Orwellian America: 1984 Readathon

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Orwellian America: 1984 Readathon

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, 12 a.m.

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

Thus begins George Orwell's masterpiece of dystopian literature, 1984. Is 1984 now? Sixty-five years after its publication, Orwell’s vision of the surveillance society is terrifying and relevant. 

Join us in the Great Hall at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for a live marathon reading of Ninteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.  Special guest readers and members of the public will be on hand to read aloud the entire text of the book, live and streaming at DC Public Library on YouTube. The program begins at 10 a.m. and will run to approximately 9 p.m. 

To sign up to be a reader, and read a section of the book in front of a live audience and on streaming broadcast, please fill out the 1984 Readathon Application.

This program is the part of the Orwellian America series of events running between Jan. 18 and Jan. 31.  For more about Orwellian America: Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age please visit dclibrary.org/1984. These programs are made possible thanks to a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

This reading of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Copyright, 1949) is made possible by permission of Bill Hamilton as the Literary Executor of the Estate of the Late Sonia Brownell Orwell.

Add to Calendar 21-01-2015 00:00:00 21-01-2015 01:00:00 Orwellian America: 1984 Readathon It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him. Thus begins George Orwell's masterpiece of dystopian literature, 1984. Is 1984 now? Sixty-five years after its publication, Orwell’s vision of the surveillance society is terrifying and relevant.  Join us in the Great Hall at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for a live marathon reading of Ninteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.  Special guest readers and members of the public will be on hand to read aloud the entire text of the book, live and streaming at DC Public Library on YouTube. The program begins at 10 a.m. and will run to approximately 9 p.m.  To sign up to be a reader, and read a section of the book in front of a live audience and on streaming broadcast, please fill out the 1984 Readathon Application. This program is the part of the Orwellian America series of events running between Jan. 18 and Jan. 31.  For more about Orwellian America: Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age please visit dclibrary.org/1984. These programs are made possible thanks to a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. This reading of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Copyright, 1949) is made possible by permission of Bill Hamilton as the Literary Executor of the Estate of the Late Sonia Brownell Orwell. false DD/MM/YYYY