Toronto Public Library is writing a book on Twitter — with the help of city residents


“I sat on a bench studying my book in the waterfront’s early morning sunshine when a jogger all of the sudden stopped in his tracks and approached me with a understanding smile.”

With this opening line posted on Twitter — tweeted by city librarian Vickery Bowles — the Toronto Public Library is inviting native residents to put in writing a book, one line at a time.

“Toronto is dwelling to so many numerous voices and experiences, and this story will rejoice that variety by telling a story via a collaboration of ideas, concepts and creativity,” Bowles stated in a assertion.

Utilizing #TorontoWritesABook hashtag, folks can tweet the subsequent line. Each day, two strains will likely be chosen by the library to go head-to-head in a open ballot vote on Twitter, with the successful line used to inform a “compelling and purposeful” story.

In line with the library’s communications supervisor, “particular company” corresponding to native city organizations, personalities and authors — together with Catherine Hernandez, David Bezmozgis and Teresa Toten —  plan to take part as nicely.

The social media initiative began on Aug. 7, 2018 and the suggestions has been encouraging, with “tons of engagement to date,” Ana-Maria Critchley informed CBC Books. “Each day, line by line folks can submit their concepts on-line. We simply see it as a possibility for the city to come back collectively, to work collaboratively and to create our personal story.”

Folks can comply with the story each day on Twitter. In line with Critchley, this initiative is scheduled to run till the finish of the month, however the library might prolong it based mostly on on-line response.

The finished story will likely be shared on the library’s web site — and the library is mulling over the risk of publishing a print model as nicely, she added.



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