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October 7, 2008

National Reading Group Month

Posted by carol

October is National Reading Group Month! At your next book club gathering, take a few minutes to talk about why you enjoy and appreciate your literary get-togethers...and one another's company. Reminisce about the books you've read. Make plans for the coming months.

National Reading Group Month is an annual extravaganza sponsored by the Women's National Book Association. The organization is hosting events across the country, so gather your group together and head out on the town. Live in Seattle? Mark your calendar for October 20th. The University Book Store's National Reading Group Month event features Nancy Pearl, the author of Book Lust, and Nancy Horan, the author of Loving Frank. Other festivities will take place in Boston, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Whether or not you live in one of these cities, you can take part in Random House's month-long Book Club Fest. It's a virtual way to join in and celebrate National Reading Group Month. Read on for details...

For more than ten years Random House Reader's Circle has had so much to celebrate: compelling stories, talented authors, and dedicated readers. We're always trying to reward our readers. This month we've found a special opportunity to offer even more during National Reading Group Month by hosting a special month-long event: Book Club Fest, where you'll find special podcasts, sweepstakes and much more.

In the past year we've hosted a series of podcasts with our Random House Reader's Circle authors --- and it has been a great success. During the month of October celebrate with us as select authors talk about their books --- and their experiences with book clubs --- in exclusive audio interviews. A new interview will go live each week so don't forget to keep checking back. Elizabeth Strout's podcast is up now --- she discusses her latest book, Olive Kitteridge. Mark your calendars for Therese Fowler (Souvenir) on 10/8, Louise Shaffer (Serendipity) on 10/15 and Stefan Merrill Block (The Story of Forgetting) on 10/22.

For book clubs who love to snack while they chat, we've included a special Recipe section. We'll also be giving away a Celestial Seasonings Tea Basket and one copy of The Book Club Cookbook each week. There will be 5 winners total so be sure to enter here.

These are just a few highlights of our online Book Club Fest --- come visit and see what else we have in store. This site will only be available for a limited time so stop by today and celebrate National Reading Group Month with us!