It's been a busy week over at #1book140. We had fifteen worthy contenders for our March book club, several voting surges, one official winner, and two runners up that we'll devote a little more space to in a moment.
For folks who are new to #1book140, welcome to the club! We hope you'll channel the energy and excitement of the voting period into a thoughtful dialogue about this month's selection—The Battle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah—and maybe even join us next month for sci-fi.
Some of you may be unfamiliar with the selection process for our book club so I wanted to take a step back and share that with you:
We (the moderator or moderators) ask the community to propose a genre
Once the genre is agreed upon, we open it up for nominations
We compile the crowdsourced nominations, write up a post, and open the polls
The community votes and the book with the most votes is selected
- We write a more detailed post about the book, the club gets reading and tweeting, and we look for opportunities to engage further with the work and the author
There's been some online discussion about the role of the moderator throughout this process. Each moderator brings their own sensibility to the table but we all care immensely about maintaining a space where people who love books and love to talk about books can come together.