The Atlantic’s Twitter Book Club, 1book140, will pick an African book for its March Read

I don’t know how many of us are aware of 1book140, The Atlantic magazine’s Twitter book club?  I heard about the initiative around its launch but promptly lost interest – I think I was underwhelmed by their choices or something. Anyway, it seems they’ve kept it going and interest is strong.

1book140 will focus on the “stories of Africa” this March and are asking readers to vote for one of these four books:

Ibook140 Africa

  1. One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina
  2. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
  3. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
  4. Open City by Teju Cole

Here is the link to the articles and voting page:  Vote for 1book140’s March Read: Stories of Africa

I have 3 of the books listed, so I voted and will participate.

Head over to vote if you want to influence the selections. Voting closes on Monday March 2, 2014.

Follow 1book140 on Twitter at @1book140



  1. I hadn’t heard of this, so thanks for mentioning it. I’ve only read the one that they ended up choosing (in case someone else doesn’t want it spoiled, I shan’t say) but I have copies of the others too and really should make time for them.


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