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We're starting a book club! And we want your help.

We're starting a book club! And we want your help.

Book club

Over the past nine months that I've been working on PAPER/PLATES, I've been asked over and over when we'd be starting a book club. Not just yet, I'd say. We have to focus on getting more posts up, we have to blog more. The truth is, there was a tiny part of me that was scared no one would want to join my club. A juvenile molecule of self-doubt that made me hesitate. But that's over. I've realized that the PAPER/PLATES book club is the best idea ever!

And now, I'd like to invite you to join us. But first I want your feedback. I've talked it over with a few contributors to this blog, and we've got a basic framework in place. Before we finalize it, though, I figured I'd let you have your say. That's the point whole point of a democratic club like ours, isn't it?

Here goes.

  1. The book club will meet once a month at a different restaurant/café in Chicago. Unless someone is feeling incredibly generous and wants to host out of their home. In good weather, we can do picnics.
  2. Books will be decided two months ahead to allow ample reading time.
  3. Books will be contemporary and no longer than 300 pages.
  4. Club members will be asked for a $5 donation/fee/whatever you want to call it per meeting. This will be put toward maintenance of the site (sigh, it costs money to keep this ship afloat!).
  5. Meetings will be limited to 10 people, give or take. If fewer than five people sign up for any given month, we'll be sad and skip that one.
  6. Once a book is chosen, our team will select the corresponding venue (unless, again, someone wants to host).

Those are the basics. Holler in the comments if you agree or disagree with them. Now, time for your real input. Please respond in the comments or, if you have a lot to say, you can also email me through our contact page.

  1. Do you want any say in the books we read (community voting) or should our team assign titles?
  2. For non-Chicago residents or those who don't want to join the in-person club (why wouldn't you?!), would you be interested in an online live chat meeting, either via Google Hangout or on our Facebook page?
  3. Do you prefer to meet on weekends or weeknights (please specify whether you're talking about the online club or in-person)?
  4. For restaurant meetings, how much would you be willing to spend on your meal? For in-home meetings, how much would you be willing to chip in and help the host?

So there you have it. I'd love to hear from you in the comments with opinions, answers to my questions and tips you have for running a club. I hope you'll be interested in joining us to talk books, food and the connection between them. Sounds like the perfect setting to make new friends :)

Love, Amina

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