Thanks, Hello, and Some News

Many thanks to Randa Jarrar for watching the site on Friday. I’m back from my writing retreat (about which I’ll have more on Monday.)

In the meantime, take a look at the LBC‘s first press mention, courtesy of the L.A. Times. (The site requires registration, but you can use bugmenot for an anonymous login and password.)

Marking a departure from the solitary life of reading and writing, about 20 independent literary bloggers announced Friday 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 he or she thinks 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 website, Los Angeles blogger Mark Sarvas, who drew the project together, described the effort as less an award program than a conversation starter.

This is all very exciting. Be sure to bookmark the LBC‘s site for further news.

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