The English department will host a 24-hour marathon reading on Thursday, May 9 in the Powell Library courtyard.

The marathon reading, which begins at noon, is an annual event that brings together the campus and the Los Angeles community to celebrate works of literature spoken aloud. This year’s marathon will showcase politically relevant dystopias by female authors, including Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower.”

Hundreds of volunteers will take turns reciting the novels, creating the experience of a live audiobook. Audience members are free to join or leave at any point in the performance. There will be food trucks, a used-book sale and other booths and activities during the marathon.

Any donations made will support summer research fellowships for students in the English department. Attendees may also support the event by signing up for a 10-minute reading slot, assisting with construction of the set or helping to staff the event.

For more information regarding volunteering, contact marathon@english.ucla.edu. Donations can be made online.