Author Archive: Kaite Stover

Kaite Mediatore Stover refuses to give up her day job as director of readers' services for The Kansas City Public Library to read tarot cards professionally or be the merch girl/roadie for her husband's numerous bands. Follow her on Twitter at @MarianLiberryan.

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Tea & Conversation: Talking about Jane Austen
By October 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Tea & Conversation: Talking about Jane Austen

There are certain books that will never lose interest for book groups and Jane Austen’s works easily fall into that category. The beloved and layered characters, the intricate plots revolving around the social conventions of the times, the attention to detail regarding the differences in the classes, the witty dialogue which can deftly hide what […]

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Read for what ails you
By October 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Read for what ails you

Every reader understands the concept of picking up a book in times of stress, sadness, anxiety, and sleeplessness. Sometimes it’s far more convenient to reach for a book than the aspirin. Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin have a firm grasp on bibliotherapy in all forms and they’ve written a 420 page prescription, The Novel Cure: […]

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Your bookmobile could look like this
By October 18, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Your bookmobile could look like this

It could happen. If the pilot project in Australia is a success, I can’t imagine libraries not considering using drones for delivery services. Homebound and outreach services are an obvious choice for a drone pack mule, but how do you think book groups could use this new technology? I’m thinking that a book group could […]

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Discussable Duets: Teenage bullies–actual, virtual, and fictional
By October 17, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Discussable Duets: Teenage bullies–actual, virtual, and fictional

Rare is the person who doesn’t have a painful memory of the teen years to share when the topic comes up in conversation. One place where many folks feel safe talking about the teen years is a book group. Expect lively conversation from readers of this pair of books, Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight and […]

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Youthreads
By October 14, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Youthreads

I love that the folks at Buzzfeed are readers. Their witty and literary lists make me think about grouping books in quirky ways. One of their most recent lists, “65 Books You Need to Read in Your 20s” should be mined for titles that might attract a younger demographic to the book group, and if […]

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LibraryReads for Book Group Reads
By October 11, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

LibraryReads for Book Group Reads

I’ve been so remiss in not posting about this great new list of hand-picked books from the brilliant hiveminds of librarians across the nation. I’m talking about LibraryReads, the list of top ten favorite forthcoming books published each month. The list is generated by nominations submitted on Edelweiss. Learn more about LibraryReads and how you […]

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Reading librarians vetting favorites

Reading librarians vetting favorites

This just in: A new discovery tool has been launched by librarians, for librarians, and anyone else out there who likes to read, especially book groups. LibraryReads is a monthly list of the top ten freshly published librarian favorites. There’s a sample list here but look for the official list to bow in the fall. […]

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Camping Book Club

Camping Book Club

So if you ever wanted to take your book club camping, it’s obvious that this is how you should do it. The outdoorsy, yet fashionable, folks at FieldCandy have designed tents with kicky trompe l’oeil designs such as the open book below. Or you can select brick ‘n mortar, leopard, or the Union Jack. But […]

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Biblioweb: Qwiklit

Biblioweb: Qwiklit

I don’t know very many book groups that don’t choose a classic title to read every year. But if the group is getting tired of cycling through the typical Western canon, give them this list of lesser known classic novels. Qwiklit, a blog of interesting posts about poetry, theatre, literature, and literary theory, has compiled […]

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Less housework, more reading

Less housework, more reading

The good, intelligent, and funny folks over at BuzzFeed have deemed reading is good for you. Now, readers of this blog already know this for a fact, but the BuzzFeeders have put our beliefs in a context that anyone can understand, with pictures and witty text. Kind of like a Shaun Tan picture book. Even […]

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