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Archives - February 2009

February 16, 2009

Therese Fowler: Book Movement

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Today's guest blogger, Therese Fowler, talks about what she expects from the fiction she reads --- and how she strives to give her readers the same thing in her stories.
Laurie R. King has reason to celebrate: February 1 marked the 15th anniversary of the publication of The Beekeeper's Apprentice, her first Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novel. The ninth book in the series, The Language of Bees, hits stores on April 28th.
February 13, 2009

THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett

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Debut author Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help --- which I have written/raved/obsessed about over the past two months --- went on sale this week.
Yesterday Susan Rebecca White, whose debut novel Bound South is on sale this week, revealed how, for her, being a member of a reading group goes way beyond talking about the book selections.
Today's guest blogger, debut novelist Susan Rebecca White, talks about both sides of the reading group experience --- as a visiting author and as a book club member. The Atlanta resident used her native city as the setting of Bound South, a multi-generation tale told by three women whose lives intertwine.
Novelist Kelly Simmons has a guilty pleasure when it comes to visiting with book clubs, and she reveals it in today's guest blog post. A former journalist and advertising creative director, Kelly is the author of Standing Still, which is on sale in paperback today, and coming soon, The Bird House.
February 6, 2009

Book Clubs in the News

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Occasionally we highlight news articles about reading groups and related topics. This month's round-up features book clubs in South Africa, India and the U.S. And find out how literature helped a young man in California turn his life Happy Ending to Book Club SearchSherri Gardner Howell of Tennessee was a "book club worshipper from afar for many years" until she finally formed her own group.
February 5, 2009

2009: A Year of Change

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Is your reading group doing anything different this year? contributor Shannon McKenna Schmidt shares several changes her book club has already experienced this year --- and how they came about. 2009 is turning out to be a year of change for my book club. Last month, for the first time in our almost-fifteen-year history (that milestone takes place in September), we had an author join our discussion.
February 4, 2009

Adriana Trigiani on the Today Show

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Yesterday on the Today Show, Adriana Trigiani --- who will be guest blogging for us soon --- talked about her new novel, Very Valentine, which is the first in a trilogy. She discussed her trip to Italy to conduct research for the book and who she took with her as a traveling companion.
February 3, 2009


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Today Heather Johnson talks about her book club's latest pick: the short story collection Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri...