The Next Virtual Book Club is Coming Up in May!

Our next virtual book club discussion will take place on Thursday, May 21. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to read more (and learn more in the process), this is a perfect opportunity for you!

For our book clubs, we choose books that are written by esteemed thinkers in the fields of writing, design, and communication. We take concepts covered in the book, discuss and analyze them, and then identify connections between the content and our own experiences. This is a great opportunity to learn something new about our profession, but also to discuss it with other professionals in the tech comm community.

In the past, we have selected a book to discuss and then disseminated that information to you. For our next discussion, we’re going to change things up a bit. In a couple of weeks, we’ll send you a survey that you can use to vote for the book we will read for our discussion in May. The book that has the highest number of votes will be chosen.

Here’s a brief summary of potential candidates for our next virtual book club:

    1. Bagels, Bumf, and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language, by Simon Horobin
      In the book Bagels, Bumf, and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language, Horobin evaluates the origin of words we use every day and how their usage and meanings have shifted over time. Horobin uses our banal daily activities to describe how the most mundane aspects of our life might actually have an interesting history.
    2. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, by Steve Krug
      Although this book is described as a read ideal for usability testers and web developers, Krug’s book Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability evaluates the communication of information through a different lens than how it’s traditionally considered—through design. He covers topics such as information design and intuitive navigation with the aim of improving user experience. Whether it be through web or information design, there’s surely something we can take from this book to apply to our own tech comm deliverables.
    3. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss
      Truss is an ardent grammarian, and her book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, is all about how vital accurate grammar and punctuation are to our understanding of information. Her philosophy is replete with comical examples, so even if you don’t find yourself a strict grammarist, you might get a laugh out of those who do…and if you are disturbed that the Oxford (serial) comma is missing from the title, you are not alone. This book is sure to spark off much debate!
    4. Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury
      Bradbury is famously revered for his book Fahrenheit 451, but in this book, Bradbury shares with his readers the wisdom and experiences he has gained from writing. This book not only celebrates the act of writing itself but also provides information that we can use to become better writers in our own right. This book has the potential to leave us more inspired and passionate as we take on future tech comm projects.
    5. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
      This book is a compilation of nature and science writing, composed by Mukherjee, a prominent researcher and physician. Each piece in the book is taken from various sources, so we’ll have the opportunity to evaluate multiple pieces of technical communication and discuss what we like, don’t like, and what we can use to improve our own writing.

Hopefully at least one of these books sounds interesting to you, although for some of us, choosing just one might be difficult!

Be sure to keep your eye out for further communication about the book club; you’ll receive an email in a few weeks with the chance to cast your vote for the book you would like to read.

If you have a tech comm, writing, or communication themed book that you would like to read but is not listed, please send an email to us.

Happy reading!