Frankenreads is a project of the Keats-Shelley Association of America, funded by a Chairman’s grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818) by encouraging people around the world to organize or participate in events celebrating the novel — especially by conducting public readathons of the entire novel on Halloween Day 2018 and in “Frankenweek,” October 24-31, 2018. The central Frankenreads event is a live public reading of Frankenstein in Washington DC on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018. Anyone and everyone is welcome to organize their own Frankenreads event!
On this site, you can read and subscribe to announcements and blog posts about Frankenstein and Frankenreads events and find helpful resources about teaching Frankenstein, sources for Frankenstein, 19th-century reactions to Frankenstein, and Frankenstein in media and culture. You can also find an event near you to attend in person or online, and, most importantly, you can sign up to host a Frankenreads event. If you register for the Frankenreads site you can add yourself to our directory of partners, find other participants to message or partner with, and get personalized help from our Community Manager with planning and hosting a Frankenreads event.
There are several large-scale initiatives also working to celebrate Frankenstein and its 200th anniversary. We have partnered with some of these initiatives to share publicity, effort, and resources.
- Neil Fraistat, Director of Frankenreads and K-SAA President
- Amanda French, Frankenreads Community Manager and Web Administrator
- Kirsten Keister, Frankenreads Graphic Designer (see Logos)
- Avital Dayanim, Frankenreads Poster Designer (see Posters)
- Kate Singer, K-SAA Secretary
- Ellen Nicholls, K-SAA Communications Fellow
- Aaron Ottinger, K-SAA Communications Fellow
- Lindsey Seater, K-SAA Communications Fellow
- Christopher Stampone, K-SAA Communications Fellow
- Marc Ruppel, NEH Program Officer