National Readathon: Books for a good cause

Need an excuse to sit around and read a day away? Next weekend is your chance.

The National Readathon, a marathon reading season from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, raises funds for the National Book Foundation, which aims to expand the audience for reading in America. You can set your own fundraising target and create an individual or group profile at Don’t have four hours to devote to books that day? You can make a donation there as well.

Any book is fair game. The National Book Foundation reports that Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, plans to read The Children Act by Ian McEwan. Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers, hopes to mix in Evelyn Waugh with Babar. You can also share photos, efforts and experiences using the Twitter hashtag #timetoread.

Finalists announced

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, The Story Prize has announced the finalists for its annual award.

Up for the honor — for which the winner receives $20,000 — are three women and their story collections: Lorrie Moore for Bark (Knopf); Elizabeth McCracken for Thunderstruck (Dial); and Francesca Marciano for The Other Language (Pantheon). The winner will be announced March4.

A separate prize was announced for Kyle Minor’s Praying Drunk, which received the Story Prize Spotlight Award for a book “deserving of further attention.”

The Story Prize was established in 2004. Previous winners include Anthony Doerr, author of the bestselling novel All The Light We Cannot See, and Miami’s Edwidge Danticat, author of Claire of the Sea Light.

Connie Ogle