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.

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