June Is Whodunit Month at 1book140

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We mulled over several genres in the last two weeks as we decided what to read next. We considered historical fiction—in which I would pull a coup d'etat and declare Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies the winner by fiat—and food literature (not to be confused with cookbooks). Both are now high on the list. 

But for now, mystery has won out: June is Whodunit month at 1book140. It's a big genre, and the nominations should reflect that. We'll be looking to put a few classics on the shortlist (I like Dorothy Sayers, but I hear there's this young writer out of Britain, Agatha Cristie, who has a way with the well-turned plot twist). And then there's Raymond Chandler and modern masters such as Tana French

We'll accept nominations through Saturday, then launch voting on Monday morning. 
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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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