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Life’s Library: A new type of book club led by John Green and Rosianna Halse Rojas

Attention book clubs or aspiring book clubs or book club fans. John Green shares a very cool idea–and we may want to gear up to support it.
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John and Rosianna Halse Rojas (London-based writer, video blogger, and John’s personal assistant) are launching and curating Life’s Library a new kind of book club. Life’s Library Book Club hopes to introduce readers to great books you may not have heard of.

The first discussion opens on December 17 with Jacqueline Woodson’s If You Come Softly as the first selected read.

The 1998 story of an interracial relationship at an elite prep school resonates as powerfully today. Members can join with either a physical ($25) or a digital subscription ($10). Subscriptions close on November 16.

High school and public librarians may want to purchase a few extra copies of the book and future titles to facilitate our students’ participation in the club.  (All profits will be donated to Partners in Health, a global organization dedicated to ensuring access to health care.)

Book club discussions will take place on the Life’s Library Discord channel, a type of chat space.

Here’s John Green’s description of the project.

Every six weeks for a year, a group of people read a book together, and discuss it on a discord channel. You can choose either a physical subscription–in which you get the book, a letter from me, bookplates made by artists we love, and other cool surprises–or a digital subscription–in which you pick up your own copy of the book and get all the other resources emailed to you.
John begins to discuss the library about one minute into this vlogbrothers post.

Keep an eye on Life’s Library’s Instagram feed for updates!
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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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