Last Monday night, I poured myself a glass of wine and prepared a small plate of cheese and crackers and settled in for the first #yegBookClub on twitter. Our book was Todd Babiak's Come Barbarians, and it was a great start to what I hope will be an oft-repeated activity.
I pulled some of the discussion and wrote a Storify - so if you are not on twitter and want to get a sense of what the discussion was like you can check it out here. Metro News also did a story on it and you can find that here.
For me, it was a great way to dive back into reading. I read a lot, but lately I have been grabbing a snippet or two before I drift off to sleep and having a purpose at the end of the book made me have a much more engaged read. I was in Book Clubs in the past (years ago) and always loved the opportunity to discuss and share my feelings and opinions about characters and events.
What was really cool about this was talking about books with complete strangers who I could connect to by the virtue of the shared experience of the book. Wow! What a way to use twitter for engagement.
I hope that more people join for the next one and that this can become an ongoing thing. The beauty of twitter is that anyone can engage in the conversation. There is no membership beyond participation, and even if you just want to follow the discussion, that is still being a part of it. I like that we are starting with Edmonton authors, too. Isn't it great to have homegrown artists whose work can be shared in the community? That is not to say that all the participants on twitter are from Edmonton. I know I had one friend from Calgary and one from Toronto join in the discussion.
So on to the next #yegBookClub:
Book: Pilgrimage by Diana Davidson
When: Monday, April 14th at 8 p.m.
How: Read the book. Log on to twitter. Use #yegBookClub to tag your posts and to follow the discussion. Bring questions and comments and have fun. I will provide some moderator points to keep us going if the conversation needs a boost (it's the former English teacher in me!). Feel free to pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and please, DO NOT clean your house or dress up or even feel you need to put on make-up. Join the Discussion!