The Pavement Bookworm

101 Books is the blog of Robert Bruce of Nashville, Tennessee. He is a full time writer and in addition to trying to read the Time Magazine’s 100 greatest novels + Ulysses, he finds really interesting items to share that are book-related. This story about a 24-year-old homeless man in Johannesburg is a prime example of the great items on his site. I think you’ll enjoy reading about “The Pavement Bookworm” and there is a link you can follow if you feel you want to help him out by sending books. Enjoy!

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This story was making the rounds a few weeks ago and because of my blog vacation I missed it, but it’s too good not to share with you today.

They call him “The Pavement Bookworm.” Philani is a 24-year-old homeless man in Johannesburg.

Instead of holding a sign or begging with a hat, Philani reviews books. He sits on a street corner with a pile of books and offers to review those books to passers-by. If someone thinks the book sounds promising, they can buy it directly from Philani.

By selling the books, he raises money for himself and his homeless friends. He’s doing something to make his life better in a practical way. Now, his story has gone viral. 

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About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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2 Responses to The Pavement Bookworm

  1. olganm says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this. True inspiration and love of books!

  2. Leah Spas says:

    It seems like you’re enjoying your retirement!

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