Book Groups

Rogue Book Group Choices
By February 28, 2018 1 Comments Read More →

Rogue Book Group Choices

Is your book group in a rut? Are folks sick of reading World War II-era historical fiction? Is your attendance dwindling? Maybe it’s time to go rogue. We hosted a live event (sponsored by NoveList) where we gathered some book-group experts to talk about what makes a good selection, how to pick something unexpected for […]

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Walking around in Others’ Shoes (with Your Book Group)
By February 21, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Walking around in Others’ Shoes (with Your Book Group)

I am an eternal optimist. This tendency to think things will work out for the best is sometimes at odds with my inner curmudgeon, but what can you do? I like to think this conflict keeps my also-inner Pollyanna in check, but sometimes, that Pollyanna is strong. Take, for example, the time my book group […]

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SJP Pick Author Interview: Ayobami Adebayo
By December 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

SJP Pick Author Interview: Ayobami Adebayo

Donna Seaman, Booklist Adult Books Editor and co-chair of the SJP Picks selection committee, interviewed Nigerian writer Ayobami Adebayo about her debut novel, Stay with Me, a complex and suspenseful portrait of a besieged marriage—and Sarah Jessica Parker’s third selection for SJP Picks. For more information, visit Book Club Central.     DONNA SEAMAN: Stay with Me is […]

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Great Group Reads 2017 Announced

Great Group Reads 2017 Announced

  We at Booklist are proud to once again partner with the Women’s National Book Association for National Reading Group Month. Every October, the WNBA supplies a list of Great Group Reads. The 20 titles on this year’s list have been chosen for their appeal to reading groups by a selection committee of writers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, publicists, and committed […]

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Good Books for Book Groups: IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN
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Good Books for Book Groups: IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN

This month, after our brief foray into BYO Books, the LIT book club resumed our normal reading schedule with In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. This 2012 novel, Ratner’s first, tells the gorgeous, wrenching story of a prince’s daughter, Raami, who grows up in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge takes over in […]

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Good Books for Book Groups: Bring Your Own Book

Good Books for Book Groups: Bring Your Own Book

Every year, area clubs invariably ask us to suggest short books for holiday reading. There are many such titles, of course, but it can be hard, at this time of year, for members to get copies of holiday titles when they need them. But there are ways to work around the holiday crush. Some book clubs in our area have each […]

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Good Books For Book Clubs: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
By September 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Good Books For Book Clubs: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

This month, the LIT book club finished out the last of our genre summer reading with Isabel Quintero’s wonderful Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, a young adult novel recommended by librarian Lizzy Klinnert. In this Lincoln Award-winner (given for excellent YA literature), seventeen-year-old Gabi is dealing with some heavy issues. One friend is pregnant, and another is gay […]

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National Reading Group Month: The 2016 Great Group Reads

National Reading Group Month: The 2016 Great Group Reads

We at Booklist are proud to once again partner with the Women’s National Book Association for National Reading Group Month. Every October, the WNBA supplies a list of Great Group Reads. The 20 titles on this year’s list have been chosen for their appeal to reading groups by a selection committee of writers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, publicists, and committed readers. […]

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Booklist Partners with WNBA for National Reading Group Month with “Great Group Reads”

Booklist Partners with WNBA for National Reading Group Month with “Great Group Reads”

We’re very pleased to be once again working with the Women’s National Book Association for their National Reading Group Month this October. Want to learn more? The press release below tells all.   Booklist, the American Library Association’s premier review source for public libraries and schools, has been selected once again to collaborate with the Women’s National Book […]

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Group Reading in the Digital Age: The Wired Book Club

Group Reading in the Digital Age: The Wired Book Club

We may never see a book club as singularly influential as the one Oprah Winfrey included as a segment on her show, particularly since the influence of nationally syndicated talk shows has diminished so drastically since Oprah put away her stickers and laid her club to rest. In subsequent years, other televised book clubs sprang up to replace the Oprah-shaped void in the […]

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