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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.

Book Club Choices: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

February 22, 2018

Lilacs bloom best after a harsh winter Caroline tells her Polish friend Kasia, two of the three main characters in this story of Ravensbruck, the only concentration camp exclusively female in Germany during the Nazi reign of terror. And, indeed, Kasia had the harshest of winters as she spent several years along with her mother…

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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…

2018 Reading List: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

February 21, 2018

At ALA Midwinter, the Reading List Council announced the 2018 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprising eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

2018 Reading List: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

February 20, 2018

At ALA Midwinter, the Reading List Council announced the 2018 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprising eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

Book Club Choices: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

February 15, 2018

This is a story of loss, abuse and madness. When Willow’s parents die in a car accident, she and her sister Lily are placed in a foster home. If the loss of her parents isn’t enough, Lilly a charming and very young girl is adopted leaving Willow all alone–until, that is, she is placed with…

Book Club Choices: City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

February 8, 2018

Riddled with survivor’s guilt, Brand, who has lost everything to the Nazis – his wife, his sister, his parents – heads to Palestine following his release from the camp. He is not alone in this and the British Mandate caps the number of Jewish immigrants it will allow into the country. This forces Brand to…

Listen to the Booklist Carnegie Shortlist Webinar Archive!

February 5, 2018

Missed the Booklist Carnegie Shortlist webinar? Now you can listen to the archive! Booklist editors and Carnegie Selection Committee members Donna Seaman and Annie Bostrom moderated a 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 Beachi, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the…

Ayobami Adebayo on OverDrive’s Professional Book Nerd Podcast

February 2, 2018

Ayobami Adebayo, author of the latest Book Club Central selection by Sarah Jessica Parker and the American Library Association, joins Professional Book Nerd all the way from Nigeria to discuss her moving novel Stay with Me. Adebayo also discusses how she built a character out of her surroundings, studying under legendary authors, and realizing that there…

Win an SJP Read Poster!

February 16, 2018

As a passionate advocate for libraries and literacy and the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central, Sarah Jessica Parker is thrilled to have her own Read poster at the American Library Association Store. Enter for your chance to win a poster! Click to Enter for Your Chance to Win. Sign Up for the Read with SJP…

Announcing the 2018 Notable Books List!

February 15, 2018

The Reference and User Services Association’s Notable Books Council, first established in 1944, has announced the 2018 selections of the Notable Books List, an annual best-of list comprised of twenty six titles written for adult readers and published in the US including fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The list was announced during the American Library Association’s…

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