July Is Beach-Book Month at 1book140

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1book140_icon.JPGWe're hurtling toward the end of the first month of our big, collective read-along, and it's time to choose next month's selection.

What to read? What to read? We've been asking ourselves that for the last week. Rather than throw out the call for books in every imaginable genre, we thought we'd narrow the field this time. It being summer and all, we're asking for nominations for beach books. I'm partial to P.G. Wodehouse when I go to take the sea air, but you should interpret this category however you want. Remember to keep it light; we have the rest of the year to read lengthy meditations about famous German novelists.

We'll take nominations starting today until this Thursday, June 23rd. Then we'll post the short list and begin voting on Friday the 24th. We'll close voting and announce the winner on next Wednesday, June 29th.

IMPORTANT: Submit your nominations in the comments below. We want to keep the Twitter feeds clear for the ongoing discussion of The Blind Assassin. (Anyone need to catch up? Check out our reading schedule here.)

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Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard. 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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