We received 4 wonderful suggestions this month from book club members, but we ran into a problem while trying to encode the video which depicted the random selection of 2 books of those books. This is unusual as we have been using this tool successfully for 2 years. We didn’t want to re-do the random selection as we felt that wouldn’t be fair so instead, here’s what we’re offering instead:
We received 4 suggestions (from Beth Cummings, Caity Greig, Markey Jones, & Kimberley Palsat—thanks, guys!)
If you’ve checked out our random selection videos before, you’ll know that when the selection process is complete, the remaining books shown on the screen are the ones not selected. Therefore, this screenshot of the remaining 2 books not selected along with the encoding error screenshot can serve as proof of the random selection process. (jfyi: The 2 books not included in the final list of 6 will be included in a list of alternative selections from Spain which we’ll publish in August.)
Our final list of 6 books is a lovely one containing a variety of genres, but before we get to the vote first…
A Poetic Interlude
As noted by the Culture Trip, José Martí was born to poor Spanish immigrant parents in 1853. Martí’s writings are creative & gripping, with many short and memorable lines, as well as long and complex sentences, creating a compelling rhythm and flow.
Below is his poem, Sueño Despierto (I Dream Awake) as well as an English translation.
You can vote from now until Wed., July 24 11PM ET. (That's NYC time. See this converted to your local time below.)