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“Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists” is ALA’s Newest Resource for Book Club Leaders

May 3, 2019

A new resource from ALA’s Public Programs Office is available for those whose book clubs need a little (or big) boost! Book Club Reboot-71 Creative Twists by Stephanie Saba and Sarah Ostman offers many creative and surprising ideas to help inspire book club organizers and leaders. Saba is a community program supervisor at San Mateo County…

Meet Max Joseph, Lover of Bookstores

May 1, 2019

Small, independent bookstores are growing in the U.S.! What better way to jump on the bandwagon than to enjoy the new short film, Bookstores, that chronicles Max Joseph — an award-winning filmmaker and reluctant reader — and his journey to solve how books fit into our modern content diet. Max Joseph’s new film Bookstores takes…

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,…

SJP Pick Author Interview: Wayétu Moore

November 7, 2018

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…

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…

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…

Join the Facebook Live Book Discussion with Jonathan Miles!

April 9, 2018

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…

Author Jill Santopolo on Being a Book Club Guest

April 4, 2018

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 part of began…

HOW TO BOOK CLUB

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…

Find A Book Club

Joining a book club can seem impossible if you don’t know where to look but you’ll find like-minded book lovers at the following tried-and-tested places. BOOK CLUBS IRL The Library Always the best place for aspiring book clubbers to start. Head to the reference desk and ask the person there about book clubs she’s sure…

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