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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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Listen to the Booklist Carnegie Shortlist Webinar Archive!

Missed the Booklist Carnegie Shortlist webinar? Now you can listen to the archive! Booklist editors and Carnegie Selection Committee members Donna Seaman and Annie Bostrom moderated a free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction (Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beachi, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the…

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Ayobami Adebayo on OverDrive’s Professional Book Nerd Podcast

Ayobami Adebayo, author of the latest Book Club Central selection by Sarah Jessica Parker and the American Library Association, joins Professional Book Nerd all the way from Nigeria to discuss her moving novel Stay with Me. Adebayo also discusses how she built a character out of her surroundings, studying under legendary authors, and realizing that there…

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