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April 16, 2010

Book Clubs in the News

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What do robots, dogs, singers and financial columnists have in common? They all have book clubs and they are all featured in this month’s Book Clubs in the News!

NewScientist.com: The Robots’ Book Club
Who knew computers could read books? Well apparently they can. They can even tell you what the book is about and identify central themes. Sort of. What’s next, robot book clubs?

KitSapSun.com: Reading Dogs?
I know I made an April Fools joke about reading dogs, but this time I’m serious. All across the country, programs are springing up where kids gain confidence in their reading skills by reading aloud to their fuzzy four legged friends.

WashingtonPost.com: Color of Money Book Club
Book clubs are not just for fiction anymore. There seem to be book clubs out there for every kind of book you can think of, from software manuals to law books to your more obvious genre specific clubs. Check out this online book club run by Personal Financial Columnist Michelle Singletary of The Washington Post. Read the best books on managing your money and your life and discuss them online. You can even win a free book!

MySpace.com: Like to Read? And Sing? Have I got the book club for you!
The Bushwick Book Club in Brooklyn is in their own words “Songwriters who will read a book and write songs about/relating to it and play them for an astounded and appreciative audience. And other people who like books and music and nights involving books and music at the same time.” I’m astounded. And wish I lived closer ‘cause I’d totally go.

Is your book club doing something totally different? We want to hear about it! Feel free to comment here on the blog, or email me at dana@bookreporter.com.

-- Dana Barrett, Contributing Editor