Not Required, But Essential

. July 15, 2013.

Local students got a chance to make a literary splash, with the publication of the 2010 Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology. The annual volume is the creation of author Dave Eggers’ 826National organization, which promotes literacy and encourages children to write. Each year, a panel of high-school students is given the chance to help compile the anthology, a collection of offbeat fiction and nonfiction by both famous and unknown writers. This year, the task fell to Ann Arbor’s 826michigan. Twenty students helped to scour literary magazines big and small for the best material, working in conjunction with Eggers and guest editor David Sedaris.

To celebrate the anthology’s debut, 826michigan is hosting a release party on Sunday, November 21, at Nicola’s Books. Students will read selections from the book, and will be interviewed by U of M creative writing student Kendra Shaw, who headed the selection committee. It’s a great chance for teens to demonstrate their love for reading—even if no one’s forcing them.

Sunday, November 21, 5 p.m. 2513 Jackson Ave.