Web Crush of the Week: The Rumpus

While The Rumpus.net isn’t  a book website per se  (it’s more of a literary/culture site), they do feature plenty of book news and features, making it Crush-worthy.  What I really liked was this statement from their manifesto:  “Nobody’s paying any attention, for example, to books that have been out for a couple of months and haven’t had some massive debut. We’re not going to worry about reviewing books the minute they’re released, or following the publisher’s lead on what we should or shouldn’t pay attention to. ”

 

Their interesting take on book discussion is The Rumpus Book Club, where members pay a yearly fee and receive pre-pub copies of forthcoming books, and the opportunity to discuss them online with the author (how cool is that?)

 

They also recently added a unique subscription feature called Letters in the Mail.  For $5 a month, subscribers will receive a real, live letter from the likes of  Dave Eggers, Tao Lin, Stephen Elliott, Janet Fitch, Margaret Cho, Wendy MacNaughton, Emily Gould, and Jonathan Ames, and other authors.

 

 

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Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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