It seems funny, but a little over a year ago, Nicole from Linus’s Blanket and I didn’t really ‘know’ one another. Then we worked together on a project for Buy Books for the Holidays, and we found that we worked very well together. As we began to explore one anothers’ blogs, we also learned that we had very similar tastes in books as well. Between those two things, a blogging friendship was born.
Since then, I helped out with That’s How I Blog, then we hung out together at BEA, started a podcast together, and spent countless hours together on google chat. And now, we are working together on a new project, one which you can become directly involved in:
BOOK CLUB is an opportunity for people to get together to discuss great books from small presses. We both know that there are some fabulous books coming out all the time from small presses and we wanted to make a point to read more this year, and help raise awareness of these books and publishers in the realm of book blogging and beyond. During the first part of 2011, we will be working with Other Press and Graywolf Press to bring you some fabulous books.
We will be discussing a book on either my blog or Nicole’s on the fourth Tuesday of every month. During the second week of the month, both Nicole and I will give away 5 copies of the BOOK CLUB discussion book for the following month. For example, today we are each giving away five copies of “A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear,” which we will be discussing on Tuesday, January 25th at Linus’s Blanket. Whether you receive the book from one of us or pick it up yourself, we would love to have you join in the conversation.
Because Other Press will be providing the books for us to discuss, I ask that everyone requesting this book have either a blog where they plan to review it, a Twitter account where they discuss books, of that they post a review on either a bookish social media site (LibraryThing, GoodReads, etc.) or an online bookselling site (Powells, Indiebound, Amazon, etc). I also ask that you commit to reading the book and joining the discussion. We are limited in our shipping to US-only.
If you are interested, please fill out the Google form below. The first five people who do so and meet the above qualifications will receive a copy of the book from Other Press.