One for all, and all for one.
So recently many of the literate Irish majority might have seen the “One City, One Book” campaign posters sprouting up on billboards, shop windows and lamp posts around Dublin.
Those of you that have will know, that this year the choice of book for the now annual (I think, correct me if I’m wrong) campaign in Ireland is dear old Oscars ‘Portrait of Dorian Gray’. Before that it was the king of the goths Bram Stoker and his classic Dracula.
The Idea behind the campaign, which apparently started out in Seattle and has migrated west since, is to get an entire city reading and importantly discussing one piece of literature. Now while I’d agree that reading is a quite personal thing, having shared a simultaneous reading of Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ recently with a friend, I’ve grown to like the thought of what is essentially a big book club.
Apart from that, I like big social experiments that try and build a bit of an ad hoc community. So its with some great enthuse I discovered that “One City, One Book” was being taken a step further to ingulf a few of my other favorite things. Namingly, Twitter and Neil Gaiman.
The “One Book, One Twitter” campaign will be aiming to reach much the same goals as it’s geographically hindered brothers and will be promoting discussion and en mass reading of Gaiman’s epic ‘American Gods’.
You can also see what @Neilhimself thinks of the whole thing here.