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Sarah Smarsh with book cover: Heartland

SJP Pick Interview: Sarah Smarsh

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…

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Register for Booklist’s Presenting the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist Webinar

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,…

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SJP Pick Author Interview: Wayétu Moore

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…

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Writers and Readers: Book Club Nation

By Stephanie Powell Watts 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…

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A Facebook Live Book Discussion with Jonathan Miles!

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…

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Join the Facebook Live Book Discussion with Jonathan Miles!

Jonathan Miles, author of the newest Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Central Pick Anatomy of a Miracle, will join Cuyahoga County Public Library for a Facebook Live event on Thursday, April 12th at 2pm ET. RSVP below and be sure to have your questions ready! Click to RSVP to the Facebook Live Book Discussion with Jonathan…

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Author Jill Santopolo on Being a Book Club Guest

By Jill Santopolo I’ve always loved book clubs—the chance to get together and talk about how stories make you feel, what you think writers did well, the parts that make you want to throw the book across the room—they turn the solitary experience of reading into something communal. The longest-running book club I’ve been a…

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PLA Highlight: Book Club Central Lunch & Learn

At the Public Library Association’s 2018 conference in Philadelphia last week, we hosted a Book Club Central Lunch & Learn with our Sponsoring Partner United for Libraries and Booklist, and Corporate Platinum Partner Penguin Random House. Over two hundred librarians came to hear a panel led by Booklist’s Donna Seaman that included authors Cristina Alger (The Banker’s…

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