ATG Book of the Week: The Slow Book Revolution: Creating a New Culture of Reading on College Campuses and Beyond

by | Oct 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Slow Book - Meagan-Lacy-book-coverThe Slow Book Revolution: Creating a New Culture of Reading on College Campuses and Beyond
Editor: Meagan Lacy
978-1-61069-715-6, $50; eBook: 978-1-61069-716-3, call for pricing
Imprint: Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2014

In a world of constant Facebook posts and Tweets, digital distractions and online reading habits are wearing at students’ ability to focus, reflect, synthesize, and think deeply. This professional text, based on a concept introduced by Maura Kelly in the online edition of The Atlantic, delves into the trend toward contemplative reading—otherwise known as the Slow Book movement—explaining what it is, why it’s important, and how you can implement it in various ways and in multiple settings.

Author and librarian Meagan Lacy, along with contributions from others in the field, offers insights, advice, and practical tools to help you foster an appreciation of reading in students both during and after college. The first part of the book establishes the importance of the Slow Book movement, while the second and third sections combine case studies and guidance for employing the principles of this method across multiple genres, including fiction, nonfiction, classics, and contemporary works. Chapters build a rationale for the approach, describe its underlying philosophy, and articulate concrete ways to apply the methodology in different venues.


  • Explains how you can address your users’ growing needs for sustained reflection and authentic connection
  • Shows how leading and promoting the Slow Book movement adds new value to your library
  • Presents examples and advice that you can use and adapt to lead the Slow Book movement at your library
  • Shows ways in which academic, public, and school librarians can form partnerships for literacy outreach programs

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