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June 17, 2008

Masha Hamilton: The Camel Bookmobile

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Today's guest blogger is Masha Hamilton, the author of Staircase of a Thousand Steps, The Distance Between Us and, most recently, The Camel Bookmobile, which centers on a traveling library that delivers books in a remote section of Africa. Fact and fiction merge in the story, and Masha talks about the real-life inspiration for the novel and how book groups in the U.S. have given people in Kenya the gift of the written word.
June 13, 2008

Book and Movie Pairings

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What happens when a movie isn't as discussion-worthy as the book it's based on? Contributor Heather Johnson's group recently found out...
Today Jennifer Hart updates us on an initiative she started several months ago, an online radio show that brings book clubs together with authors...
For all of you who have become faithful readers of this blog, my apologies for the absence of posts last week and yesterday. Between recovering from a six-day trip to LA for Book Expo America and trying to fight the horrific cold/bronchial/laryngitis thing that I picked up somewhere during the past two weeks, the last eight days became more about getting through than being creative. I realize that I actually say the words in my head --- and I think I even verbalize them in my throat --- when I write. Thus last week every time I went to write a column I started coughing.
May 30, 2008

What Books Would You Buy with $100?

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Last month Jamie Layton talked about how her reading group's selections went awry and whether or not she was going to break some book club rules. Here she updates us on the situation. She also comments on novelist Lesley Kagen's recent post and asks a provocative question.
May 29, 2008

Book Club Road Trips

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Today Shannon McKenna Schmidt teams up with Joni Rendon, with whom she wrote Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West, to share some of their favorite pairings of books and literary locales. Their suggestions just might inspire your book club to take to the road or the skies this summer...or perhaps journey vicariously through the pages of these novels.
May 28, 2008

Lesley Kagen: Tales and Tears

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Today guest blogger Lesley Kagen reveals a question she's often asked by book club members about her debut novel, Whistling in the Dark, which follows the adventures of 10-year-old Sally O'Malley and her sister, Troo, during the summer of 1959. Lesley lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and her second novel, Land of a Hundred Wonders, will be published in July.
May 27, 2008

Laura Dave's Book Club Inspiration

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In today's post, Laura Dave reveals how reading groups played an important part in the creation of a character in her second novel, The Divorce Party, which was recently published by Viking Penguin. Laura lives in New York City and is also the author of London is the Best City in America.
With Memorial Day Weekend the "official" start of summer, we wanted to share an idea for a One-Book Book Club, which we think is a great summertime idea. It's a terrific way to dip your toe into the water if you're new to reading groups. For those of you whose groups take the summer off, it's a fun way to keep a book discussion going with a new group of readers. And if you're vacationing with a group of friends, you could host a One-Book Book Club with them and enjoy a book discussion along with the sun and surf.
May 22, 2008

Southern Fare

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Today Shannon McKenna Schmidt talks about her book club's most recent read --- Eudora Welty's The Optimist's Daughter --- how she came to select it for discussion and what her fellow members thought of this Southern novel.