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May 15, 2009

Book Clubs in the News

Posted by carol
This round-up of news stories illustrates the diversity of book clubs, from one focused on improving its members lives by addressing their medical needs to another centered on an appetizing combination --- reading and cooking. Facilitator Enjoys Helping Others Share Joy of Books
Arizona book club facilitator Phyllis Payne, who leads 10 book clubs in northeast Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, shares some advice.

Connecticut Post: Page Turners: The Overtones are Not What You Might Expect
Meet the Overtones, a vibrant book club in New Milford, Connecticut, who offer up some tips and suggestions (such as putting discussion questions on pieces of paper in a bowl and passing it around for members to each select one).

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Market Street Book Club Combines Eating and Reading for a Different Kind of Discussion Group
Members of a Fort Worth, Texas, group have the best of both worlds with a combination cooking class and book club.

Globe and Mail: Sick? Read All About It
The members of a book club in Kingston, Ontario, came together to find answers when their doctors couldn't help them. After more than a decade, this inspiring group is still going strong. As one member said, "We don't just read the books --- we live the books."

OSU's The Lantern: Book Club Helps Adults with Disabilities Discover Classics
In Columbus, Ohio, the Next Chapter Book Club, adults with intellectual disabilities read classic works...and along with improving reading and comprehension skills build a connection to the community.

The Sun Chronicle: Author Ann Hood Visits Local Book Group
Attelboro, Massachusetts newspaper columnist Kathy Hickman recalls a visit Ann Hood, author of the novel The Knitting Circle, paid to her book club.

Click here to read contributor Debra Linn's post about how books like The Knitting Circle can inspire reading groups to take up a cause and make a difference, and click here to read Ann's response.