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Award-winning actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is the honorary chair for Book Club Central. In this role, Ms. Parker selects books throughout the year to share her joy of reading and discussing good books with readers everywhere.

A Reading List for Showtime’s The Chi

January 16, 2018

The Chi, a new drama series created by Lena Waithe and produced by Common, is a coming-of-age drama set on Chicago’s South Side. Most striking about the show is the range of characters it contains: while they span age groups and economic strata, all are interconnected in ways that are both touching and surprising. Here…

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Confessions of a Book Club Addict

June 16, 2017

I’ve run three book clubs at one time. Sound like a foolish thing to do? Well, I’ve done it twice. And, trust me, you don’t do something that harebrained (twice) without help. The Book Clubs The first time I was in over my head, I was running my Romance Lovers Book Club, genteXt, a book…

Find Books for a Book Club

There’s a question I always ask whenever I visit a book club: “What’s the best book you’ve ever discussed?” This is a surefire way to start a lively discussion, one that always begins with the books the group has enjoyed and inevitably transitions to those they haven’t. Eventually, the group will conclude that the best…

A Reading List for Showtime’s The Chi

January 16, 2018

The Chi, a new drama series created by Lena Waithe and produced by Common, is a coming-of-age drama set on Chicago’s South Side. Most striking about the show is the range of characters it contains: while they span age groups and economic strata, all are interconnected in ways that are both touching and surprising. Here…

Carnegie Medal Shortlist Read-alikes, 2018: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

January 16, 2018

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner), tells the story of 13-year-old Jojo as his drug-addicted mom, Leonie, leads him and his baby sister on a lurching odyssey across the state of Mississippi to retrieve their father from prison. As Jojo, Leonie, and Leonie’s father narrate from alternating perspectives, Ward conjures the ghosts that some…

An Interview with Kimmery Martin, Author of The Queen of Hearts

December 4, 2017

The tagline on Kimmery Martin’s website reads “Writer, Book Reviewer, Professional Literary Nerd,” but she is also an emergency medicine doctor, a library advocate, and a mom of three. Her debut novel, The Queen of Hearts (Berkley/Penguin Random House; 978-0-39958-505-0; $26), will be published in February 2018. In the book, the longstanding friendship between Zadie,…

Book Club Choices: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

November 30, 2017

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse in Connecticut. With her 20 years of experience, she is proud of what she does and how she does it. Her fairly normal life comes to a screeching halt, however, when a white supremacist and his wife come to Ruth’s hospital to deliver their baby. Ruth is…

SJP Pick Author Interview: Ayobami Adebayo

January 3, 2018

Donna Seaman, Booklist Adult Books Editor and co-chair of the SJP Picks selection committee, interviewed Nigerian writer Ayobami Adebayo about her debut novel, Stay with Me, a complex and suspenseful portrait of a besieged marriage—and Sarah Jessica Parker’s third selection for SJP Picks. Donna Seaman: Stay with Me is such an accomplished first novel, and…

Register for Booklist’s 2018 Andrew Carnegie Shortlist Webinar!

January 2, 2018

Join Booklist editors and Carnegie Selection Committee members Donna Seaman and Annie Bostrom for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction (Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine, David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon,…

The 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist Announced!

October 25, 2017

The American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medals, now in their 7th year, recognize outstanding fiction and nonfiction for adult readers. See the shortlist titles below, selected from a longlist of 46 fiction and nonfiction titles published in 2017. The two medal winners, one in fiction and one in nonfiction, will be announced at the Reference…

Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week!

October 16, 2017

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the 12th annual National Friends of Libraries Week from Oct. 15-21, 2017. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, raise awareness, and promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and…

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