A quick heads up for book lovers: Goodreads is a large social network for readers, with over 3,000,000 members who review, recommend and swap books. The site also features "book-give-aways" for its members. This month you can enter to win a free copy of If You Follow Me, a novel by Malena Watrous, a talented colleague of mine at Stanford. About the book one reviewer said: It's "the kind of book you finish and then clutch to your heart as you run around telling everyone you know that they have to read it." The book is hitting the bookstore shelves today, and you can sign up to win a free copy until March 16.
PS Malena will be teaching an online writing course through Stanford Continuing Studies this spring. The course, called The Creative Writing Coach, is open to all. Meanwhile, we're also piloting our first online humanities course, a philosophy course called Envisioning the Good Life. Watch the video introduction for the course here.