Toward the end of my delightful, book-filled conservation with Jillian Lukiwski, she casually remarked “You should start a book club.” I responded with something vague and non-commital—how that was a good idea, how I needed to figure out the logistics, how I’d think about it…
But soon after publishing that episode, I received a deluge of messages from listeners encouraging me to quit thinking about it and start the damn club. Well, the people have spoken!
Welcome to the Mountain & Prairie Book Club
Knowing that the club will evolve over time, here’s how it will work for now:
- Every other month, I’ll pick an impactful book related to the American West. I will announce the book on the blog, social media, and Goodreads.
- As you plow through the book, visit the Book Club Goodreads Page to share your thoughts, pose questions to the group, challenge or defend the author’s conclusions, or offer your expertise on the subject at hand.
- Toward the end of the two-month reading period, I’ll moderate a live online discussion via Google Hangouts. The number of video participants in limited to 25 (first come, first served), but any number of people can interact with the discussion by typing. The date for the online video discussion will be set and announced via Goodreads at least two weeks out.
- Then I’ll pick a new book, and we’ll do it all again!
What’s the purpose?
To build a community of folks who love the American West and want to learn from one another.
I’ve been blown away by the podcast’s loyal following and have received so many enlightening messages from many of you who share my love of the West. Like the podcast interviewees, your backgrounds span the full spectrum of political persuasions, vocations, hobbies, geographic locations, educations, ages, and more. But despite our differences, we are all united by a shared passion for the West, a desire to see its landscapes and heritage protected, and a deep curiosity to learn more about the region, its resources, history, and people.
Through the book club, you’ll be able to connect directly with other listeners—to get to know each other, focus on our shared values, learn from our differences, and, of course, read a lot of facinating books.
How do you join?
Go to the Goodreads page and sign up. You’ll need to create an account, which is painless. All book discussions and event announcements will come through the Goodreads page. So, yes, joining Goodreads is the only way to participate.
What are the rules?
As Dalton from Road House says, “Be Nice.” The purpose of this group is to expand our knowledge, challenge our assumptions, and find unexpected commonalities. (I think that’s the main purpose of reading too.) So please speak your mind, tell us what you think, and don’t hold anything back… just be nice.