Venezuela’s Salvation (Book) Army

“In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez has launched a “Revolutionary Reading Plan.” Extending his book club urges, Chavez has given away thousands of free books and sent “book squadrons” around the country to urge citizens to read.

According to the BBC, the Venezuelan government has handed out thousands of free books, including “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes and “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo, encouraging citizens to read to improve the country. Eager readers lined up in the capital city for “hundreds of meters” to get their free copies of the Hugo classic.

Here’s more from the article: “[A] key part of the Reading Plan are thousands of ‘book squadrons’ … Each squadron wears a different colour to identify their type of book. For example, the red team promotes autobiographies while the black team discusses books on ‘militant resistance.'” (Via Book Bench)”

Via Jason Boog on Galleycat<

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