Awhile ago I made an allusion to a super awesome project I was working on with a few other bloggers after BEA, which I’m excited to finally talk about. A group of bloggers and I have decided to found BAND — the Bloggers’ Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees — a group to celebrate the awesomeness of nonfiction.
The idea came up at BEA when a group of us were talking about how we wished there were more bloggers writing about nonfiction, since we all love it so much. Since I always need new projects to work on (sarcasm!), we decided to form a group that would be “advocates for nonfiction as a non-chore,” a slogan coined by Ash (English Major’s Junk Food). Ash also designed the logo, which is fantastic.
The other bloggers who’ve been working on the idea include Cass (Bonjour, Cass!) who came up with the name of the group, Amy (Amy Reads), Joy (Joy’s Book Blog), Kit (Books are my Boyfriend), and Anastasia (Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog).
Right now, we envision BAND as a monthly online discussion organized like a blog carnival. Participants will take turns hosting the discussion each month by posting a topic/question on their blog that others will respond to in posts, linking back to the original (very similar to how other memes and carnivals work). We’re hoping these topics will bring more attention to nonfiction and prove that reading it can be awesome. Eventually we want to do more, but this is what we’re working on for now.
The first discussion topic will be posted here tomorrow, and we’ll put a link to it on our Tumblr, which is the home base for the group. You can follow us there to keep updated. If you don’t have a Tumblr, you can also follow the blog using RSS in a feed reader.
Anyone is more than welcome to participate — whether you’re a regular nonfiction reader or someone who just occasionally picks up a memoir or the big nonfiction title — we want a range of perspectives and thoughts on what makes nonfiction great. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments or e-mail me directly. I hope you’ll stop back tomorrow and/or follow our website and join in on our discussion!