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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.

Top 10 First Novels: 2018

November 15, 2018

Madness, maps, and music; poetry, war, and climate change; family and love in Syria, Iran, South Korea, London, Liberia, and Boston—these elements are found in the finest first novels reviewed in Booklist from November 1, 2017, through October 15, 2018. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi In her mind-blowing first novel, Emezi portrays Ada, a young, mentally…

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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…

Top 10 First Novels: 2018

November 15, 2018

Madness, maps, and music; poetry, war, and climate change; family and love in Syria, Iran, South Korea, London, Liberia, and Boston—these elements are found in the finest first novels reviewed in Booklist from November 1, 2017, through October 15, 2018. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi In her mind-blowing first novel, Emezi portrays Ada, a young, mentally…

Who’s Hungry for Culinary Mysteries?

November 12, 2018

Food and books―the perfect combination! With the holidays on the horizon, why not find some culinary inspiration in these mysteries, all featuring deadly plots and delicious recipes. I’ve asked the authors to tell us a bit about their books below. Happy reading and bon appétit! The Tell-Tale Tarte by Maya Corrigan When café manager Val…

Book Club Choices: November Road by Lou Berney

November 6, 2018

This past summer there was a lot of looking back 50 years at the tumultuous summer of 1968. Lou Berney’s new novel provides a look into the American landscape that led to that social turmoil. November Road is set in 1963. In Dallas, President Kennedy has been assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. In New Orleans…

Book Club Choices: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

October 23, 2018

Jodi Picoult does it again! In A Spark of Light, her latest novel, Picoult forces audiences to consider all aspects of a controversial topic. This time it is abortion, and the unlikely meeting of an array of diverse characters at a woman’s clinic, The Center, during a hostage crisis. The book begins at 5p.m. at…

SJP Pick Author Interview: Wayétu Moore

November 7, 2018

Donna Seaman, Booklist Adult Books Editor, interviewed Wayétu Moore about her debut novel, She Would Be King, the fifth Sarah Jessica Parker Pick for Book Club Central, and a highly imaginative tale rife with supernatural elements that illuminate the history of Liberia through the lives of three unusual characters. Seaman: In your author’s note for…

Writers and Readers: Book Club Nation

July 16, 2018

One of the great honors of my life happened in 2017, when my debut novel, No One Is Coming to Save Us​, was selected as the inaugural pick for ALA’s Book Club Central by the honorary chair, Sarah Jessica Parker. I had learned about the selection weeks before the public announcement. I knew that I…

A Book Club Guide for To Kill a Mockingbird, the Great American Read

October 25, 2018

To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America’s #1 best-loved novel in The Great American Read. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture,…

Announcing the Shortlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals

October 24, 2018

Six finalists, three fiction and three nonfiction, have been selected for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The two medal winners will be announced on January 27, 2019, at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in…

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