Random House UK has launched ReadersPlace, an “online book club community.” In addition to a book of the month and a live chat with its author, the site offers ways for book groups to network by creating profiles, reviewing and rating titles, and posting pictures and videos of their discussions. Not much here yet in the way of book group profiles, but there is a good selection of reading guides. If you don’t feel like browsing through the list of guides, you can use the interactive tag cloud instead.
The 2009 Orange Prize shortlist has been announced. The shortlisted titles are Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman, The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey, The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt, Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deidre Madden, Home by Marilynne Robinson, and Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie.
Though the Richard and Judy Show, which in various forms has been a British TV staple for decades, is coming to an abrupt end in July, a new home is being sought for their book club, which has been as huge–and influential– in the UK as Oprah’s Book Club has been on this side of the pond.