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Archives - March 2009

March 27, 2009

I'll Bring the Popcorn!

Posted by carol
Read, watch and discuss. contributor and North Carolina bookseller Jamie Layton shares some of her reading groups's most successful book and movie pairings.
We love it when a blog post inspires feedback and discussion, which is exactly what happened when Stephanie Coleman read a piece about solo reading selections that would have made for great group discussions. She shares her list with us today.Tell us about the books you wish you had read with your group instead of on your own --- and why. Drop a note to [email protected]. We'll share your suggestions in a future blog post.
March 25, 2009

Gerald Kolpan: Writing ETTA

Posted by carol
Gerald Kolpan's debut novel, Etta, imagines the life of Etta Place, who dodged the law with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In today's guest blog post, he shares how he brought to life this intriguing and elusive historical figure --- and why he enjoys writing about female characters.
March 24, 2009

Therese Fowler: "A Glamorous Life?"

Posted by carol
The main character in Reunion, Therese Fowler reveals, is modeled a bit on herself and a bit on a famous talk show personality --- and like her debut novel, Souvenir, it's in part a tale of choices and consequences.
March 23, 2009

Book Clubs in the News

Posted by carol
Occasionally we highlight news articles about reading groups and related topics. This round-up illustrates the wonderful diversity of book clubs and the different reasons people come together...and highlights two groups that have shown some serious longevity and are still going strong.
March 19, 2009


Posted by carol
Shannon McKenna Schmidt's book club met recently to discuss Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, which is set in World War II Germany. It's classified as a young adult novel, but as she shows, it clearly doesn't matter what age you are, you're likely to come away with something from this unusual and inspiring story.
"Today we all are Irish," says Mary Pat Kelly, today's guest blogger and author of the novel Galway Bay. Read on for her St. Patrick's Day greeting and to find out which of her family members inspired a central character in the story.
A former actress, Louise Shaffer draws comparisons between show business and book clubs in today's post. She also talks about how her new novel, Serendipity, is different from her previous works and the topic that she's especially interested in discussing with reading groups. Look for Serendipity in stores starting next Tuesday, March 24th.