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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: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

July 19, 2018

When 17-year-old Molly enters a rather magnificent home overlooking the Maine coast, she has no idea what to expect. She’s there because she’s doing com­munity service for trying to steal a library book. Molly is a foster child and has been for much of her young life; she’s come to expect the worse. In this…

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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…

Mystery Across America

July 10, 2018

For many, summer means it’s time to hit the road. I love to travel, but there’s never enough time―or money―to go to all the places I’d like to go. So I do what all readers do―travel in the pages of a book. This month’s list of mysteries spans states across the US, showcasing books with…

A Prison Book Club: Your New Favorite Readers’ Advisor

July 2, 2018

Before it was announced that a new George Pelecanos novel was forthcoming, I had begun to worry that one of my favorite authors might have decided to devote himself full time to movies and television. You could hardly blame him, after the groundbreaking success of The Wire and Treme. But with the arrival of The…

Book Club Choices: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

July 12, 2018

As Rachel rides the train every day for work in an alco­holic haze, she keeps a look out for “Jess” and “Jason,” whose backyard the train passes by. Jess and Jason are often outside sip­ping coffee in the morning or wine at night. It’s clear to Rachel that this is the perfect couple — the…

Book Club Choices: Dead Wake by Erik Larson

July 5, 2018

From the au­thor who gave us The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts comes the equally rivet­ing story about the sinking of the Lusitania, just prior to America’s entering into WWI. Erik Larson has written another thriller. One hundred years ago, this majestic ocean liner became fodder for a German…

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…

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…

Get the Inside Scoop on Book Club Central’s Program at ALA Annual 2018!

July 17, 2018

Last month, United for Libraries and Book Club Central teamed up to present the Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community panel at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans. Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books for Booklist, moderated the panel that included Bill Kelly, librarian at Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, James Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read…

Register for Booklist’s Summer Book Club Bash Webinar!

July 17, 2018

No time like the summer for planning your fall book clubs—and for starting to think about your own next unputdownable read! Do both when you attend this free, hour-long webinar on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm CT. Here, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House Adult, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton…

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