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SJP Picks

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.

Book Club Choices: Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

June 14, 2018

Imagine that you get a text to come to your children’s school immediately, only to find there has been a mass shooting and more than 10 are rumored dead. That’s the startling and horrific news that Simon and Rachel Connelly receive one bright fall day. As children file out of the school and are reunited…

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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…

Mysteries That Make You Laugh

June 4, 2018

Many book clubs choose novels that deal with serious issues, grappling with strong emotions and the darkness of the human heart. After several books like this, though, sometimes you need a break. You need something lighter, something fun. That’s why I’ve asked these authors to tell us a bit about their humorous mysteries. Wouldn’t a…

Join Our Summer Reading Challenge and Be Entered for a Chance to Win!

May 22, 2018

Read one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Book Club Central selections with your book club this summer and enter for your chance to win a prize pack of Book Club Central swag and a collection of books that SJP has recommended on her Instagram! To enter, take a picture of your book club with the SJP…

Book Club Choices: The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

June 7, 2018

It’s 1938 when Layla defies her father by refusing to marry the man he has chosen for her. As a punishment he arranges to have the young socialite removed to Macedonia, W.V., to write its history for the New Deal Federal Writers Project. As Layla enters the home of the Romeyns, where she will be…

Book Club Choices: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

May 31, 2018

One thing is guaranteed, there is no one in the world quite like Frank. That’s what Alice found out when the boss at her publishing company deployed her to California to encourage the reclusive M.M. Banning, author of one award-winning novel, to complete her second. She was also asked to be an au pair to…

Jonathan Miles Shares What Book Clubs Should Discuss After Reading Anatomy of a Miracle!

May 16, 2018

At American Library Association’s 2018 Midwinter conference in Denver, Jonathan Miles discussed what he thought book clubs should talk about after reading Anatomy of a Miracle, a Sarah Jessica Parker selection for Book Club Central. Watch the video below to hear what he has to say and get your book discussion going! Click to Watch Jonathan…

A Facebook Live Book Discussion with Jonathan Miles!

April 18, 2018

On Thursday, 4/12, Cuyahoga County Public Library hosted a book discussion on Facebook Live featuring author Jonathan Miles! Miles is the author of the most recent Sarah Jessica Parker selection Anatomy of a Miracle, and interacted with patrons and librarians for some great book discussion about the SJP Pick. Click to Watch the Highlight Video. Click…

Don’t Miss the Book Club Central Program at ALA Annual 2018!

May 29, 2018

Join us for our Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community Panel at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans! Our panelists include Amy Stewart, author, bookseller, and speaker, James Mustich, bookseller and author of  1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, and Bill Kelly, librarian from Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio. Booklist‘s Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman will moderate the…

Read Along with Celebrities’ Favorites of The Great American Read

May 23, 2018

In the first episode of The Great American Read, PBS introduces America’s 100 best-loved books to launch the campaign to find America’s favorite book. Celebrities, authors, and readers across the country, share why they love reading and specific novels on the list. These are just a small selection of the 100 books that Americans voted…

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