2021 Penn State Marathon Reading

2021 Penn State Marathon Reading

Thursday, September 9, 2021 10:00 am
- 10:00 pm EDT

2021 Penn State Marathon Reading

“Escape it All”

When: September 9, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Pattee/Paterno Lawn (in front of Sparks/Burrowes building)
Email marathonread@psu.edu to sign up to read!

Our theme for this year’s Marathon read is Escape It All.  The concept is a universal theme that can be found in literature through the ages.  Globally, people are escaping from situations that are either difficult or mundane.  The “Escape” gives the readers freedom or allows them to gain a new perspective on their everyday lives.



  • Soredemo 3 gatsu wa, mata [March was made of yarn] (ed. by E. Luke and D. Karashima. Original language: Japanese
  • Stitching A Whirlwind: An Anthology of Southern African Poems and Translations. (ed. by Antjie Krog and Megan Hall). Various languages
  • Humus by Fabienne Kanor. Original language: French
  • Le petit prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Original language: French
  • Tschick [Why we took the car] by Wolfgang Herrndorf. Original language: German
  • La invención de Morel [The invention of Morel] by Adolfo Bioy Casares. Original language: Spanish
  • Marcovaldo by Italo Calvino. Original language: Italian
  • 北京折叠 [“Folding Beijing”] by Hao Jingfang. Original language: Chinese

We will have copies of each book in its original language and English translations. You are welcome to read from this list or bring your own text in any language about escapes, including but not limited to:

  • Escape from reality/into alternative realities
  • Escape from isolation
  • Escape from boredom
  • Escape from prison
  • Escape from everyday life (either good, as in routine, or bad, as in dangerous/violent situations)
  • Escaping social injustice
  • Perilous escape of refugees and migrants
  • Escape from imminent danger and diseas
Contact: Olivia Brown