You can tell that it is summer in Hong Kong because the guidebooks have been multiplying. I've seen a total of four HK guidebooks around the city this week in the hands of visitors from all over the world. I saw a woman carrying Eat, Pray, Love on an escalator. I noticed a woman on the train reading a book that included diagrams of some sort of machine. I saw a man sitting at a table outside the hookah bar in my neighborhood reading a Kindle. I counted three Chinese books this week in the hands of various readers.
On Thursday I attended an event at The Pawn for Room to Read, a charity that promotes literacy and education in poor countries. They establish libraries, partner with local schools, and publish appropriate children's books in the local language to achieve their goals. They had several of the books on display, and I also saw a man standing against the wall of the pub reading a big paperback. The headliner of the event was Australian cricketer Shane Watson who spoke about cricket and about how his favorite book is Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi. He's the one in the pink shirt in this picture.
Who is reading in your town this week? What are you seeing in the hands of readers when you're out and about?