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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.

The Binding by Bridget Collins

April 15, 2019

If you are lucky enough to be in a book club, may I suggest you give The Binding by Bridget Collins a try? I think your club will find that this historical fantasy causes enthusiastic discussion. A short synopsis: As his name suggests, Emmett Farmer thinks his life will be one of toil on the…

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Book Club?

February 4, 2019

Ask any librarian who has ever organized a book club meetup for their patrons and they may respond as the nuns did with Maria in The Sound of Music (changing a few choice words of course): How do you solve a problem like a book club? …Many a thing you know you’d like to tell…

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…

Sisters in Crime: Not the Usual Suspects

April 11, 2019

I adore police procedurals and stories of private investigators – the professionals who take down criminals in real life. But in fiction, anyone can be a sleuth. Are you looking for a different kind of crime solver? Sisters in Crime has you covered. I’ve asked these crime writers to introduce us to their amateur sleuths.…

April Picks from LibraryReads

April 4, 2019

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the April 2018 LibraryReads list! Lost Roses: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly “The Ferriday family (The Lilac Girls) returns in this story of love, loss, and triumph. The voices of four compelling female characters tell of the devastating effects of the Russian Revolution and…

Book Club Choices from LibraryReads: Speculative Fiction

April 12, 2019

LibraryReads is the monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction. Each month, staff in public libraries vote on their favorite upcoming books that they loved reading and cannot wait to share. The list represents a broad range of reading tastes and showcases a variety of new titles, including buzzed-about debuts, genre…

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage, and A Girl Saved By Bees by Meredith May

April 8, 2019

Following the breakup of her parent’s marriage, Meredith May, her brother Matthew, and her mother move from Rhode Island to California’s Big Sur to live with her grandparents. There Margaret is exposed to her eccentric grandfather’s passion: beekeeping. In her memoir The Honey Bus, May recounts her childhood and teenage years in 1970’s California with…

Sarah Smarsh with book cover: Heartland

SJP Pick Interview: Sarah Smarsh

January 19, 2019

Annie Bostrom, associate editor in Adult Books at Booklist, interviewed Sarah Smarsh about her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth​ (2018), the sixth Sarah Jessica Parker Pick for Book Club Central. In Heartland, Smarsh recalls her Kansas youth while compiling her families’ histories and turning a journalist’s eye…

Register for Booklist’s Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist Webinar

December 18, 2018

Join Carnegie Selection Committee members Annie Bostrom and Susan Maguire along with Booklist Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction (Francisco Cantú’s The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, Kiese Laymon’s Heavy: An American Memoir,…

Happy Tolkien Reading Day! Book club ideas, the biopic, and all things Tolkien

March 22, 2019

On this day each year, March 25, fantasy fans participate in Tolkien Reading Day—an honorary day established in 2003 by the Tolkien Society to encourage fans to celebrate the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favorite passages. This year, many will engage by re-reading Tolkien-penned favorites, visiting exhibits, and preparing to see the highly anticipated…

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction 2019

February 7, 2019

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced at the RUSA Book and Media Awards event, sponsored by NoveList, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, established in 2012, serve as a guide…

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