This summer, New York Times bestselling novelist and North Carolina native Wiley Cash launched the Open Canon Book Club, an online community designed to “introduce readers to voices and portrayals of the American experience they may not have otherwise encountered in their day-to-day lives, their education, or their book club meetings.”
Cash believes that “literary diversity plays a vital role in making us understood to one another, and this hope of understanding is the hinge upon which our democracy swings.”
To those ends, Cash will select novels for the book club to read and discuss in an online environment. Cash also will provide supplemental material such as further reading, documentaries, and more meant to round out the conversation.
Several bookstore across the Southeast are offering 10-20 percent discounts for Open Canon Book Club members, including just about any bookstore you can name in North Carolina. (Our hearts swelled with pride at the extensive list of participating Tar Heel bookstores, way more than any other state!)
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To join the book club, click here.
Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. The founder of the Open Canon Book Club and co-founder of the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency, he has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Weymouth Center. He serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and their two young daughters.