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In this post, Jennifer Hart reminisces about the books she read when she was young, from Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret to Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy Ray series --- and why the allure of YA literature is still just as great and perfect for book club discussions.
April 7, 2008

Approaching Authors, Dead and Otherwise

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In his debut novel, Finn, Jon Clinch imagines the life of Huckleberry Finn's father. Here he talks about drawing on one of Mark Twain's most beloved works, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, for the seeds of the story, the risk he took in writing the novel --- and how books spark a conversation between reader and writer.
April 4, 2008

Regroup Your Book Group

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Last week at the Public Library Association Conference in Minneapolis, I had the pleasure of lunching with blog contributor Nora Rawlinson and librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl. Here Nora shares some of Nancy's tips for book clubs, including how to get the conversation flowing and the question one should never ask. --- Carol Fitzgerald
April 3, 2008

Decisions, Decisions

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Last month Jennifer Hart shared how her book club makes reading selections --- several titles are presented monthly by the current hostess and voted on in two rounds, which she likened to the presidential primary and general election. Shannon McKenna Schmidt's book club uses a very different method. Here is their story.
Yesterday Amanda Eyre Ward reminisced about meeting The Bookies, a book club in Springboro, Ohio, near Dayton.
Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of three novels, the most recent of which is Forgive Me. Here Amanda reminisces about being a recently-published writer and making a special connection with a book club. The Bookies in Springboro, Ohio, a town outside Dayton, were among Amanda's first fans, and they recently had the chance to meet the author in person.
March 31, 2008

Men and Books: Why Men Aren't Joiners

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In this post, Andrew McCullough ruminates on why men and book clubs aren't a match made in heaven. He has, however, overcome that stereotype with the 18-member Man Book Club, which celebrated its first anniversary this month. Congrats, Andrew!
One of the questions that we are asked most often is, "How does a group decide what to read?" This post from Jennifer Hart, who writes the blog, talks about how her group does this and how they enlist the help of their local independent bookseller in their selection process.
Guest blogger Heather Johnson founded the Storie delle Sorelle book club in 2005 in the greater Baltimore/Annapolis, MD, area. After trying unsuccessfully to find an existing group to join, she contacted every woman in her address book and found five like-minded souls. The club has since more than doubled in size, and here Heather shares some of their reading adventures.
As we pick up with Kathy L. Patrick and her Pulpwood Queens Book Tour they are driving onto Memphis, home of THE King to continue their adventures. Here's more about their glamorous life on the road as the tour starts to blur!