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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: The Tell-Tale Heart by Jill Dawson

June 21, 2018

Nobody would call Professor Patrick Robson warm and fuzzy. In fact he’s a womanizing boozer. It comes as a surprise to him, therefore, when he wakens from heart surgery to see his ex-wife by his side. Patrick had been given a death sentence because of his failing heart, but sadly thanks to Drew Beamish, a…

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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…

The July 2018 LibraryReads List

June 3, 2018

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the July 2018 LibraryReads list! Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik “A wonderful reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story. A tale of love, family, magic, and destiny, told from the perspective of three strong female characters.” –Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT Del Rey, 2018. Clock Dance…

A Book Club Kit for The Bookshop of Yesterdays

June 19, 2018

To celebrate the publication of Amy Meyerson’s darkly delightful THE BOOKSHOP OF YESTERDAYS [Park Row Books] about a woman who inherits her uncle’s bookshop–along with the scavenger hunt he left for her within it–we thought it would be appropriate to share the book’s official Book Clubbish book club kit with you. Download it free, here. “Terrifically fun… Part riddle, part…

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…

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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