|Sent on:||Saturday, September 29, 2012 4:15 PM|
Ladies and gentlemen,
In a little more than a day, we will enter the month of October. You know what that means: book suggestions! :-D
Basically, from now until October 31, 2012, all of you have the opportunity to supply me with titles of books that you would be interested in reading for next year. I’m sure you have so many books you want to suggest. At the same time, we need to keep the list of books manageable, which is why I’m providing you with the following guidelines for suggesting books:
1. You may suggest up to four books, including up to two contemporary books (generally published after 1950) and up to two classic books (generally published before 1950 and hailed within scholarly and literary circles).
2. For each book you suggest, please provide me with the following information: title, author, genre (whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, and a subcategory you feel the book best falls into), approximate page count, and paragraph summary (written yourself or copied from any online source). If the summary is missing from your suggestion, I will e-mail you back requesting that you provide it.
3. If you change your mind on any book suggestion you submit, you can e-mail me to confirm that you are cancelling that suggestion, after which you are free to provide an alternate book suggestion if you wish. You may cancel and replace book suggestions as many times as you like until the end of October.
4. If you suggest a book that someone else already suggested or that the East Bay Book Club already read, I will let you know so that you may make another suggestion.
5. If you wish, you may suggest books that were suggested in previous years but were not selected for reading.
6. There is no strict maximum on the page count of the book you suggest. If you suggest a very long book and enough people vote to read it for next year, I will make sure to announce the meeting for that book several months in advance.
7. To keep costs for club members as low as possible, it is recommended (though not mandatory) that you suggest books that are at least a few years old, so that people can easily obtain a copy of the book from the library. With suggestions of very recent books, it may be hard to check the book out from a library, leaving people with no choice but to purchase it.
8. Don’t forget that the East Bay Book Club reads a variety of books. Other than things like academic and religious texts, there is no restriction on the genre of the book you can suggest.
If there are any questions with book suggestions, I’ll be more than happy to help. With that, you may now e-mail me your book suggestions until the end of October 31, 2012.
I eager await your ideas for the East Bay Book Club’s 2013 reading schedule. :-)
Organizer, East Bay Book Club