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Vote for One Book, One Vancouver

Vote for One Book, One Vancouver

By Richard Eriksson on April 8, 2004 - 12:37pm

Although I've never been a member of one, I love the concept of book clubs, and One Book, One Vancouver is a book club on a city scale. The Vancouver Public Library is holding an online vote which closes on April 15th to determine which book is selected for the club, so vote early and vote often!

Submitted by Boris Mann on April 8, 2004 - 2:53pm.

Where is feedback and discussion about each book going to happen? Obviously the physical meetings/readings are great, but what about (surprise, surprise!) a blog or forum to centralize discussions? I guess we're going to go talk to the VPL…

Submitted by Richard Eriksson on April 8, 2004 - 11:15pm.

I'm hoping that The Corporation will win as the "one book", since I saw the movie and want to read the book anyway. I talked to a friend who had seen the movie and has the book (but hasn't read it yet) about the One Book vote, and she's not optimistic about how it will turn out: she thinks that corporate interests won't be happy if it gets chosen, since it's, shall we say, a theme that's a little left of centre.

If The Corporation is picked as the "one book", though, I'm prepared to read it, review it, encourage discussion about it on weblogs (and elsewhere: no need to limit ourselves to "just" weblogs) and cover the discussion. If another book is chosen, though, I might not be as enthusiastic.

Submitted by Klong on May 19, 2004 - 9:32pm.

Rumour has it the author is a ruthless bastard, so I wouldn't be surprised if the voting was rigged. It's an interesting concept, but he probably could have made his point in a magazine article, rather than force us all to pay $38 for his little rant. The VPL has ordered 600+ copies, but last time I checked, they hadn't arrived.

I tried to get my bookclub interested in it, but we all yawned, promised to watch the goddam movie, and decided to read The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.

Submitted by Richard Eriksson on May 20, 2004 - 1:33pm.

I just checked the VPL catalogue, and if you search for 'the corporation', the first result is "The devil you know", but if you enter just 'corporation', you get the correct listing, and 600+ looks about right, since the list of copies goes on forever. A big percentage of the copies are either on loan or being held, so it seems that VPL judged the demand correctly.

I haven't met the man, and I haven't heard the same rumours you have, but I'm looking forward to the premiere reading of The Corporation at the Vancouver Public Library in a week or so.

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