HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 26 – Community Novel Project

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — the Community Novel Project.

Listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe to “Hush: a podcast from your library” through iTunes.

Community Novel Project

Our guest this episode is Anne Pepper, one of the organizers of the library’s first Community Novel Project.

A community novel is one that is written collaboratively by members of your community. The library invites writers to each contribute a chapter to advance the group’s story. The story is set in Topeka and will use landmarks and a setting that all will recognize. Writing and publication began in May and continues through September with a chapter added each week (just like any other serial novel you’ve experienced). Each chapter will appear here so you may read them in order, with a new chapter published each week.

New! Pre-order a copy of Capital City Capers for $5. Preorder forms and payment must be received by August 17, 2012.

Books mentioned

Search for these books and place requests at

  •  Capital City Capers by 20 TSPL community novel project authors
  • Naked Came the Manatee by Carl Hiassen
  • Charles Dickens serialized novels
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King
  • Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

 Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about the Community Novel Project. Have you been reading Capital City Capers? Have you ever read a serialized or a round-robin novel before? Do you have any ideas for the plot of next year’s community novel?  Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group at our Community Novel Project discussion.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future topics please comment on our blog post or send us an email at

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

One thought on “HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 26 – Community Novel Project

  1. So AWESOME to be a part of this Community Project. You and Anne presented the project well. I’m looking forward to next year. I’m more motivated…when I see the completed version I just might be inspired to participate in completing and publishing my own novel one of these days.

    Will there be an e-audio book where each of the authors narrate their own written chapter, which will make the words come more alive to the listener?

    Again this was great. Thanks for the opportunity Lissa.

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