About Read This Summer

Read This Summer is MailChimp’s summer reading program.

Now in its third year, Read This Summer has developed through our longstanding partnership with the AJC Decatur Book Festival. In 2015, our DBF friends asked us if we’d like to invite a track of authors to the festival. Did we ever! In fact, the only thing we wanted more was to extend that offer, in turn, to novelist and essayist Roxane Gay. She brought a roster of 11 esteemed writers to the DBF across all genres, and even hosted that year’s festival Keynote.

In 2016, we asked novelist Alexander Chee to do the honors. And whaddaya know, he did a pretty bang-up job, too. The folks he invited were all so awesome, we had no choice but to do a company-wide book club. All MailChimp employees got to pick a book by one of the 11 writers to read over the summer, then we hosted discussion groups and a lil shindig with all the authors when they came to town.

So that was *chef’s kiss*, but then the pressure was really on for 2017. We thought our buds at Longform might be up for the challenge, and boy did they come through.

In fact, we’re so excited about the gang they’ve pulled together—reporters! essayists! cultural critics! fellow podcasters! novelists! graphic novelists!—we’re inviting everyone to read along with us. Yep, you and you and you. And even you.

About Longform

Longform is a website celebrating the best nonfiction writers working today. It's also a podcast hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff. They like fiction too.

About MailChimp

MailChimp is the world's leading marketing automation platform and a very proud partner of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the United States.

Festival Vibes

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Curated by Longform

Read Last Summer

Alexander Chee asked these great folks to join us for the 2016 AJC Decatur Book Festival.

Read The Summer Before Last

Roxane Gay summoned this stellar crew to the AJC Decatur Book Festival in 2015.