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To honor the passing of David Bowie, the American Library Association is re-issuing the classic poster (above) of the late artist. If you spent any time in a library or school during the 1990s, no doubt you saw the iconic poster of Bowie suspended in mid-air while reading a copy of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot. The exuberant poster is from the ALA’s long-running READ campaign, which featured popular figures reading books. Beginning in 1980 with cartoon characters, the poster series later included real life figures as diverse as Sting, Stephen Hawking, LL Cool J, and the cast of the Harry Potter films. President Obama even appeared when he was a freshman senator.

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