Author Archive: Mary Ellen Quinn

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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National Reading Group Month
By September 15, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

National Reading Group Month

October is National Reading Group Month. This program of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) was launched in 2007 “to promote reading groups and to celebrate the joy of shared reading.” Once again, Book Group Buzz  is thrilled to be chosen by the WNBA as a National Reading Group Month partner. Here’s the 2010 list of Great Group […]

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Community Reads for Fall

Community Reads for Fall

The Chicago Public Library has announced the selection for the next installment of its One Book One Chicago program:  Toni Morrison’s A Mercy. Morrison will come to town for a reading and talk in October. This is One Book One Chicago’s 19th selection.  Some other community reads coming up in the few months: Nashua, NH is reading We Are […]

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PEN’s New Online Book Group

PEN’s New Online Book Group

PEN has announced the launch of a new online book group, PEN Reads. The inaugural title is The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector, and a post by Colm Toibin will kick off the discussion on July 6. PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s oldest literary and human rights organization, announced […]

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The Books on the Bus Go Round and Round

The Books on the Bus Go Round and Round

Here’s a story about a different kind of book group. If you watched the NBC Nightly News last night, you probably saw the Making a Difference segment about Miss Kookyi’s Book Club. Miss Kookyi is a Florida school bus driver who has come up with an interesting solution to the problem of kids acting up on her […]

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Discussibles

Discussibles

Reading Group Choices has just released the results of the Favorite Discussible Books of 2009 survey. Here are the top ten: The Help by Kathryn Stockett The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Loving Frank by Nancy Horan The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak Olive Kitteridge by […]

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Brooklyn in Chicago

Brooklyn in Chicago

Yesterday The Chicago Public Library announced the latest selection in its One Book, One Chicago program: Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin. In the report I saw on the local news, the official who announced the selection seemed almost defensive, explaining that Brooklyn was chosen in part because it’s about Irish immigrants; Chicago, of course, is a big […]

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Pillars of the Earth on TV

Pillars of the Earth on TV

Spurred on by terrific reviews, my fascination with the Middle Ages, and the fact that it was an Oprah Book Club pick, I bought a copy of  Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth more than a year ago and never managed to finish it.  Now I don’t have to–it’s been made into an eight-hour television series that […]

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One Book, 2010

One Book, 2010

A “One Book” program is an excellent way to get people reading and talking about books. Here’s a rundown of some 2010 “one book” programs. One Book, One Philadelphia: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. One Book South Dakota: What Is the What by Dave Eggers. One Book One Marin: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by […]

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We Want Your Recommendations

We Want Your Recommendations

Regular users of Booklist Online know that, in addition to writing and editing reviews, our editors recommend similar titles for many reviewed works. In 2010, we’d like to hear from you, too, for a new feature on our REaD ALERT newsletter called Booklist Readers Recommend. In every issue of REaD ALERT, Booklist Online senior editor […]

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Time to Read (and Talk about It)

Time to Read (and Talk about It)

All of my acquaintances who are retired love the fact that they have so much more time for activities that used to be just shoehorned into a work week. One of the things I plan to do when I retire–besides volunteering, adding a  second weekly yoga class, learning to knit, and writing that novel I’ve been creating in […]

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