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Author Interviews

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…

Stephanie Powell and book cover: No One is Coming to Save UsWatts

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…

Author Rachel Khong and book cover: Goodbye, Vitamin

Hello, Rachel Khong: Talking with the Former Lucky Peach Editor about Her Debut Novel, GOODBYE, VITAMIN

July 26, 2017

Rachel Khong’s first novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, is a story of regular people dealing with irregular things. It dials down the looming menace of that which we fear the most for ourselves and our loved ones, while underlining just how extraordinary it is to be a person surrounded by other people. Vitamin‘s narrator, Ruth, moves home…

The Carnegie Interview: Colson Whitehead

June 21, 2017

When Booklist reviewed Colson Whitehead’s historical novel, The Underground Railroad, back in June, we designated it as a major work. Ever since, we’ve been cheering along its rise: as Oprah selected it for her book club, as Whitehead received the National Book Award, as the New York Times named it one of “The 10 Best…

Author Matthew Desmond and book cover: Evicted

The Carnegie Interview: Matthew Desmond

June 19, 2017

In Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond does a marvelous job exposing the heartbreaking stories of people who find themselves in bad situations, shining a light on how eviction sets people up to fail. Desmond, co-director of Harvard University’s Justice and Poverty Project and a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, recently spoke to us…

Nancy Pearl balancing books on her head, book cover: George and Lizzie

Nancy & George & Lizzie

June 18, 2017

Given Nancy Pearl’s expert and ardent book recommendations in her best-selling Book Lust series, her public-radio appearances, and her monthly television show, readers have come to know what sort of novels she loves best. When George & Lizzie arrives in September, Pearl fans will discover whether her reading preferences shaped her first novel. As soon…


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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