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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…

PLA Highlight: Book Club Central Lunch & Learn

March 28, 2018

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…

Listen to the Professional Book Nerds Interview with Jonathan Miles!

March 19, 2018

The Professional Book Nerds speak with Jonathan Miles, author of Anatomy of a Miracle, the latest Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Central Pick. They discuss Jonathan’s writing process, his background as a journalist, and Cleveland! Click to Listen to the Interview.

Watch Jonathan Miles Discuss Anatomy of a Miracle!

March 15, 2018

Booklist‘s Donna Seaman talks to Jonathan Miles, author of Sarah Jessica Parker’s newest pick for Book Club Central, about the humor in his writing, how journalism influenced his novel, and more! Watch below.  

Listen to the Booklist Carnegie Shortlist Webinar Archive!

February 5, 2018

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…


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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