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Author Interviews

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: David Grann

December 22, 2017

In Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Grann examines a startling and largely undiscussed episode in U.S. history. BOSTROM: When did you know you would write this book? GRANN: I knew after I made a visit to the Osage Nation Museum, in Oklahoma, several years ago.…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Daniel Ellsberg

December 21, 2017

In The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, shortlisted for the Carnegie nonfiction medal, renowned whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg dramatically and alarmingly reveals the mad precariousness of our nuclear arsenal. SEAMAN: The Doomsday Machine is a phenomenal work of recollection as well as a galvanizing exposé. How did you summon up such vivid detail…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Jennifer Egan

December 20, 2017

Jennifer Egan is a remarkably prescient novelist, divining the future implications of contemporary trends and obsessions, as in her multiple-award-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010). In Manhattan Beach, shortlisted for the Carnegie Fiction Medal, she looks back. SEAMAN: You spent many years researching this historical novel. What was the impetus for your quest?…

An Interview with Jade Chang, Author of The Wangs vs. the World

December 5, 2017

Our friends at Book Club Appetizer spoke with author Jade Chang about her debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World, an outrageously funny novel about the Wangs, a wealthy Chinese-American family that loses everything and then takes a road trip across America. This riches to rags story reveals how this trial brought the family together…

An Interview with Kimmery Martin, Author of The Queen of Hearts

December 4, 2017

The tagline on Kimmery Martin’s website reads “Writer, Book Reviewer, Professional Literary Nerd,” but she is also an emergency medicine doctor, a library advocate, and a mom of three. Her debut novel, The Queen of Hearts (Berkley/Penguin Random House; 978-0-39958-505-0; $26), will be published in February 2018. In the book, the longstanding friendship between Zadie,…

Book Club Girl Podcast: Laura Lippman

November 3, 2017

In this episode of Book Club Girl on Air, the New York Times bestselling author of What the Dead Know and After I’m Gone discusses her novel Wilde Lake, a modern twist on To Kill a Mockingbird. An African-American man accused of rape by a humiliated girl. A vengeful father. A courageous attorney. A worshipful daughter.…

Audio Alert! Step Into the Studio with Mohsin Hamid

October 24, 2017

Are you looking to invigorate your book club with some audio assets? Look no further! Mohsin Hamid, the talented New York Times bestselling author of Exit West, narrated his own audiobook and gave us insight into that unique experience in a great episode of Penguin Random House Audio’s This is the Author podcast. Join Hamid in the studio as he…

SJP Pick Author Interview: Mohsin Hamid

October 20, 2017

Donna Seaman, Booklist Adult Books Editor and co-chair of the SJP Picks selection committee, spoke with Mohsin Hamid recently about his book Exit West and its selection as the second SJP Pick. Seaman: Exit West offers a beautifully distilled and intimate perspective on complex global, geopolitical, and humanitarian crises. What inspired you to focus so…

Register for NCompass Live on 10/18, featuring Stephanie Powell Watts

October 12, 2017

Stephanie Powell Watts, author of the inaugural Book Club Central selection, No One Is Coming to Save Us, will be joining NCompass Live to chat about her debut novel on Wednesday, October 18th at 10am CT. Beth Nawalinski, Executive Director of United for Libraries, a Sponsoring Partner of Book Club Central, will talk about Book…

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SJP Pick Author Interview: Stephanie Powell Watts

August 11, 2017

In the wake of the exciting announcement of the first title selected for Book Club Central by Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, an avid reader and library supporter as well as an award-winning television and film actor, producer, and designer––No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts––Booklist Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman…


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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