We've decided to read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer together next. If you'd like to join us, email me at britt AT brittbravo DOT com, leave a comment on this post, or comment in the BlogHer book group.
Below are a few examples and resources to help you start, or join a social action book group:
1. The Kittredge W.I.S.H. Book Club is a, "small diverse group of women who seek to make a difference by bringing book clubs and nonprofits together to maximize our shared passions and limited resources." On their How to Inspire and Serve Check List they recommend that your book group:
- Create a mission statement that includes the type of organizations you want to support
- Decide if you want to contribute money, time, or another kind of support
- Research an organization you would like to "adopt"
- Contact the nonprofit you choose, and see if they have a wish list you can help fulfill.
3. The read4change book club, hosted by SocialButterfly, is reading Wired to Care by Dev Patnaik in February. You can join the book club by following their Twitter feed, @read4change, and discuss the book on Twitter the last Wednesday of the month at 8PM ET using the #read4change hashtag.
4. As I mentioned in my October 2009 post, Turn Your Book Club Into a Social Action Club with Kristof and WuDunn's Half the Sky, Mercy Corps has partnered with the authors to create a contest for book clubs reading Half the Sky. Kristof and WuDunn will visit the book club that, "compiles the most impressive record of activism," by June 15, 2010. To register your book club, go to http://onetable.mercycorps.org/halfthesky
5. Last week the Acumen Fund announced The Blue Sweater Book Club in a Box. The Blue Sweater, Jacqueline Novogratz’s memoir about her journey to found the Acumen Fund, is coming out in paperback February 16th. As part of the release the Acumen Fund is offering a limited edition Book Club in a Box for $50 which includes:
- 5 paperback copies of the book
- 5 discussion guides
- 5 hand-designed bookmarks by Acumen Fund high school volunteers
- Access to a webinar with Jacqueline, just for book club in a box reader
Are you part of a social action book club? How did you organize it? What advice do you have for people who want to organize their own social action book club?
Cross-posted from BlogHer.com.