'The Blind Assassin' Wins the Most Votes for Our June Book Club



The crowd has spoken: The inaugural 1book140 selection is Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin. Despite a last-minute push by fans of Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story and Jennifer Egan's The Keep, @MargaretAtwood was able to hold on to her lead throughout the voting, commanding 32 percent of the vote to 21 percent and 18 percent for Super Sad and The Keep, respectively.

Some of you are surely disappointed, though I hope most of you choose to read along anyway. (I myself was pulling for Orhan Pamuk's Snow.) Starting next month we'll introduce a theme to every edition of 1book140. We haven't set the schedule in stone, but July might feature the finest representatives of, say, classic horror (H.P. Lovecraft, anyone?), while August might focus on historical non-fiction (mmmmmm ... Doris Kearns Goodwin).

Our goal isn't to get everyone to read every book, every month. (Though we'll reward those who do.) Rather it's to entice a global audience to follow us on this social media experiment, and dip in and out of the club as they see fit.

So what do we do now? "Duh," you say. "First, buy the book. Second, read the book." Right? Not so fast. As we learned last year, it's important to follow a few, simple guidelines. Official discussion will begin on June 1st (next Wednesday). The conversation will be broken down by chapters—#1book140_1, #1book140_2, etc.—both to facilitate better conversation, and to guard people from giving away plot points as they read.

To everyone who voted—congratulations. Whether your book won or not, you helped make the inaugural 1book140 a great success. Thanks, and happy reading.

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Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He helps run @1book140, The Atlantic's Twitter book club. More

Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covered the media and entertainment industries. In June 2006 he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in Wired. In September 2008 he published a book on the subject for Random House. The book has been translated into 11 languages. Before coming to Wired in 2001 he was a senior editor at Inside.com and a writer at the Village Voice. In his 20 years as a journalist he has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

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