Written Word as Basic Need

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Junot Diaz, Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Dave Eggers, Joyce Carol Oates and countless other authors, intellectuals and humanitarian efforts, such as Libraries Without Borders, agree: books should be a part of emergency relief efforts.

They’ve all come together to sign and campaign for The Urgency of Reading petition. Husna Haq writes, in an article for The Christian Science Monitor, that the campaign “is challenging the UN and other international organizations to include ‘nourishment of the mind’ as a fundamental post-disaster necessity.”


Nikita Schoen is an intern at The Rumpus, and a Writing & Literature student at California College of the Arts. She lives in San Francisco. More from this author →