Well, I’m trying again this year…it still may not happen, but I’d hate NOT to give it a shot. And I’m hoping you can help me do it!
I’ve submitted a proposal for a Room of Your Own session at the BlogHer’10 conference (New York City, August 6-7) dedicated to book blogging. Here’s the description:
Some of us started blogging just to talk about the books we read. Others of us like to talk about the books we read, but don’t really want to build our blogs around them. Most of us probably expected we’d be mostly talking to ourselves – but we don’t, or at least not for very long. We find each other all the time, and great conversations result.
Some of the things book bloggers like to talk about:
- Writing effective, informative, and enjoyable reviews
- The pros and cons of getting review books, including publisher/author relationships and disclosure requirements
- Issues in publishing, like e-books and cover controversies
- Genres, subgenres, and crossovers
- Reading challenges
- Favorite books and authors (duh)
- The book-blogging community!
This session would welcome those with dedicated book blogs, those who sometimes post about books, and those who like to read books and would like to make them a bigger part of their blogs.
I know some of you are planning to attend the Book Blogger Convention in May (also in NYC), and are more interested in that (and BEA) than a general blogging conference, but we’re still bloggers, right? The “Passions” track at BlogHer’10 is meant for focused, interest-driven blogs, and two of the six break-out sessions will be Rooms of Your Own (food, fitness, fashion, and art bloggers have the other slots) – I’d love us to see book bloggers in one of them! Even if you don’t think you’ll be there for it, will you help make that happen? (Thanks to Sassymonkey for helping already!)
You don’t have to be going to BlogHer’10 to vote for a session, but you do have to be a member of BlogHer.com (joining is easy and free!). To vote, all you have to do is sign in on the site and click a link to indicate that you “would attend” the session described – it’s all hypothetical, and not a commitment. (And if you’d be interested in helping to present the session, click that link too!) Voting is open until February 28 (which is also the day that early-bird conference registration ends), and then the BlogHer’10 organizers will make the final call.
BTW, are you thinking about going to BlogHer’10?
BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report
Reviews posted since last report:
When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of America’s Women from 1960 to the Present, by Gail Collins
Next reviews scheduled:
Shanghai Girls: A Novel, by Lisa See (TLC Book Tours, Wednesday 1/27)
American Rust: A Novel, by Philipp Meyer (TLC Book Tours, Thursday 2/11)
BOOKMARKS: Reading-related Reading
The discussion of the week: racial portrayals and “whitewashed” covers in YA literature. The author’s response; a publisher boycott proposal; an outside perspective; thoughts on reading consciously. Somewhat related: considering racial diversity in Fantasy lit
It’s probably the ultimate reading challenge for most of us: making time for it in the first place
A mom who is proudly not reading books for grownups
Speaking of Book Blogger Con and BEA (as I did earlier in this post), do you need a place to stay? Here’s one you may not have thought of
And, in the Self-Serving Links Department: Thanks to A Novel Challenge for including a mention of the Blogging Authors Reading Project!
Peter from Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations (where the books are so good, they’ll keep you up past your bedtime) has issued an Open Call for book-club recommendations:
It seems the book club community has recently discovered Flashlight Worthy Books’ book club recommendations. From the feedback, not only are the list very much enjoyed, but people are clamoring for more. That’s where you come in. While I’ve read plenty of books, I’m looking to book club members to contribute new lists — themed, annotated lists of highly discussable books.
Can you name and describe 5+ flashlight-worthy, discussable books that follow a theme? Maybe “7 Great Books that Revolve Around Food”? Or “6 Women’s Memoirs That Will Start an Argument”. How About “5 Discussable Novels Set in Africa”?
Peter invites you to check out the lists already posted at Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations and think about what you might add. You can e-mail your ideas to him at Info AT flashlightworthy DOT com.
I’m very sad to tell you that I had to have my dog Gypsy put to sleep this weekend. She was 13 years old, and had been with me for over eleven years. It’s going to take a while to get used to her not being around…and I may not be around as much for the next little while, either. Thanks for understanding.
(This post was originally published earlier this morning. I reformatted it to move this part to the end and posted it again, because this was probably not the best way to start it off if I really would like you to read the whole thing. And to everyone who has commented so far, thanks so much for your kind words and condolences.)