Have you heard of One Book, One Twitter yet? If not, you soon will.
The brain child of Jeff Howe — a writer, editor at Wired magazine and Harvard fellow — the One Book, One Twitter concept is modeled after the popular “One Book, One City” programs wherein everyone in a particular city is encouraged to read the same book — stimulating literary debate, civic awareness, and so on.
The Vancouver Public Library has been promoting “One Book, One Vancouver” since 2002 – with the stated goal of increasing “our sense of community by creating a common topic of conversation.”
But what happens when you removing the geographical aspect that typically provides the basis of community? That’s where One Book, One Twitter (or #1b1t) comes in — whether you consider it a social media experiment or just a global book club, it’s sure to be interesting.
After an initial round of book suggestions and voting, there are ten books in the running to become the inaugural selection of what will hopefully become an annual event:
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Brave New World by Aldus Huxley
- 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I’ve only read two of the above titles, so I’m committing right now to read whatever book it selected — even if it’s not the one I voted for.
Which book will you vote for?