Illiteracy highlighted in US "Unreadable Books" campaign

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by Charlie Spargo
Unreadable Books

One in every five New Yorkers is unable to read. Non-profit Literacy Partners has launched the in-store 'Unreadable Books' campaign to raise awareness of this.

Across two bookstores in New York City from March 15th to the 18th, and a pop-up stand on the 17th, a selection of 12 bestsellers will be on display, their dustjackets jumbled up to show people what it might be like to be unable to read.

They include 'Teh Ad Viicn Oecd' (The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown), and 'Frtui fo het Drenkun Eter' (Fruit of the Drunken Tree, Ingrid Roja Contreras). The full list is as follows:

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Fruit of The Drunken Tree by Ingrid Roja Contreras
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • Chaos by Patricia Cornwell
  • The War of The Roses by Warren Adler
  • Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal
  • This Chair Rocks by Ashton Applewhite
  • The Undesirables by Mark Isaacs
  • Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
  • People Like Us by Sayu Bhojwani

People perusing the stands will be able to donate by texting ‘literacy’ to 44321, or scanning a special barcode printed on the books' covers.

This is the second year Literacy Partners has run the campaign. Since being founded in 1975, the non-profit has helped more than 27,000 students learn to read.