04/19/2005: Conversation Pieces:
The Chicago Tribune had this one for those of you with literary interests: Bloggers to push literary fiction: Litblog Co-Op to get behind overlooked titles by Scott Martelle:
”Marking a departure from the solitary life of reading and writing, about 20 independent literary bloggers announced last week that they will begin working together in hopes of drawing readers to books they feel deserve more attention, while seeking to generate more and deeper public discussions of literature.
Calling themselves the Litblog Co-Op, the effort includes the sites the Elegant Variation, Moorishgirl, Rake's Progress and Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, all of which will continue to operate separately, the bloggers say.
Key to the effort is the Read This! campaign they've created, in which five of the bloggers will each nominate a title that deserves readers' attention, then the co-op will vote for one to promote jointly. The first title (four will be selected each year) will be announced May 15 on the group's Web site, www.lbc.typepad.com.
Blogger Mark Sarvas, who drew the project together, described the effort as less an award program than a conversation starter….”
Karen on 04.19.05 @ 04:48 PM CST