Star Wars Reads Day: May the Written Word Be with You

A host of libraries and bookstores celebrate the Force behind reading.

It's a line that's often spoken, and pretty earnest, and sometimes satirized, and probably doesn't apply at all when it comes to the vast "Star Wars" universe of stories. 

We speak of "oh, I didn't see the movie, but I read the book." Please. Everyone has seen the movie, and those people who haven't could probably do a convincing Yoda, or Darth Vader's breathing, just from seeing so many other people do it so often.

But here's the thing about the book-movie paradigm with "Star Wars" and its many galactic offshoots: The novels and comic books and kid books only further the thrilling, pew-pew-pew tales we've come to know so very well on the big screen.

Enter Star Wars Reads Day, which celebrates its fourth Force-filled outing on Saturday, Oct. 10. Libraries and bookstores and straight-up merch stores across this sector of the cosmos will put the focus on author-cool panels and read-alouds and special signings and workshops.

"Star Wars" characters, in costume, will read books to kids at Woodcrest Library in Riverside, and there shall be "Star Wars" arts and crafts, costume contests, panels, and more. At the Brentwood Branch Library, "Star Wars" refrigerator magnets are the project of the day.

There's a bunch of stuff happening, here in California and in New York, too.

Best of all, it's a reminder that the world of Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca and C-3PO isn't simply one restricted to celluloid. Many a fan first got interested, as a young'un, in chapter books thanks to their knowledge and affection for the characters they knew from the movies, and many a lifelong maven has stayed true to "Star Wars" by regularly supporting those authors and artists who create the graphic novels and ongoing tales told on pages and tablets.

Of course, you can always stay at home on Star Wars Reads Day, the better to curl up with "Star Wars: A Journey to the Past: A Princess Leia Adventure" or "Ultimate Star Wars." One can zoom around inside the Millennium Falcon via printed words as thrillingly as traveling by image and sound.

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