This article in The Guardian, Book groups sleuth for hidden literary gems, tells how book clubs in various parts of England will be looking to uncover fiction, poetry, topography and travel writing about or inspired by their vicinities. Dubbed Reading Detectives, they’ll be working with local historians, archivists, booksellers, publishers and librarians to track down the best local writing.
The Reading Detectives project launches officially in August, and will run for two months. The book clubs will be blogging regularly about their discoveries, accepting suggestions for where to look and logging their discoveries’ locations onto Google maps at www.readingdetectives.org, which launches next week. They will also be using Twitter, at #read_detectives, to keep people updated on their quests.