Eva at A Striped Armchair is hosting a mini challenge to remember Dewey, the founder of The Read-A-Thon:
Sometime in the next three hours, dedicate a post about Dewey on your blog. You can share a favourite story/memory if you knew her, you can talk about one of her events (which I listed above!), thank her for beginning the read-a-thon, read one of the tribute posts from last read-a-thon’s mini-challenge and then blog about your reaction to that post, or anything else that comes to mind.
I am happy to say that I was able to get to know Dewey through her events for about a year before her death. What can I say about Dewey that hasn’t been said so many times? She was an incredible, selfless person who gave so much to the book blogging community. Her events are still widely recognized as THE book blogging events which unite this community. After her death, book bloggers were first shocked and saddened, and then came together to make sure that Dewey’s events and the sense of community they fostered would continue. All of her events, including most of her challenges, have continued in her honor. I have a feeling that Dewey would be so proud of this..and I believe that she saw something here before anyone else really saw it: the amazing connection that readers could have to each other through their book blogs. Dewey’s idea to unite readers, to foster a sense that we are all in this together, and in the process to promote literacy and reading is fundamental to our little community. It is why I am still blogging week in and week out, even when I am tired or feeling burned out; and it is why I try to participate in events like the Read-A-Thon.
I am so grateful for Dewey’s vision…and for her energy to carry it out. Dewey apparently struggled with medical issues and pain in the months before her death, yet she never let on that she had personal burdens. I am so inspired by her…and I still miss her vibrant presence.