Book Group Helpers

Barbara Mead, president of Reading Group Choices, got in touch with us this week  to tell us how much she likes Book Group Buzz.  If you don’t know Reading Group Choices it’s an organization that develops “resources that enhance the reading group experience.” Their Web site  is a great source for recommendations of  discussable books and discussion topics.  For featured titles, you can find bibliographic data, a summary, an author bio, and helpful “conversation starters.” There are author interviews as well. 

Reading Group Choices has been at it since 1994, so there are lots of books on the site, which can be seached by author, title, publisher, genre, and more.  In addition to the Web site, they publish a print guide, now in its 14th edition, and will provide one complimentary copy to libraries. You can order a copy of the guide by going to the Web site and registering using the code RGC in the code box. Additional copies can be ordered for a special library price.

If tasks like maintaining membership lists and sending meeting reminders are threatening to derail your group, try GenerousBooks, a community that provides free services for book clubs.

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About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

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  1. I LOVE Reading Group Guides! I’ve been a fan of their work for years and still use the little booklets in workshops I give on book groups. What I like best is the mix of fiction and nonfiction and RGG’s ability to mine the gems from the mid-list publishing pile. Just because a book didn’t get onto the NYTBR doesn’t mean it’s not worth discussing. RGG knows this.

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