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Win an SJP Read Poster!

February 16, 2018

As a passionate advocate for libraries and literacy and the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central, Sarah Jessica Parker is thrilled to have her own Read poster at the American Library Association Store. Enter for your chance to win a poster! Click to Enter for Your Chance to Win. Sign Up for the Read with SJP…

Announcing the 2018 Notable Books List!

February 15, 2018

The Reference and User Services Association’s Notable Books Council, first established in 1944, has announced the 2018 selections of the Notable Books List, an annual best-of list comprised of twenty six titles written for adult readers and published in the US including fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The list was announced during the American Library Association’s…

Announcing the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction 2018

February 14, 2018

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced at the RUSA Book and Media Awards event, sponsored by NoveList, at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Denver on Sunday, February 11, 2018. To learn more about the Andrew Carnegie Medals, click here. Fiction Winner: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan From…

Stephanie Powell Watts Wins an NAACP Image Award for No One Is Coming to Save Us!

January 19, 2018

Congratulations to Stephanie Powell Watts for winning an NAACP Image Award for Debut Author for No One Is Coming to Save Us, Sarah Jessica Parker’s first Book Club Central selection! No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice: with echoes of The Great Gatsby it is an arresting and powerful novel…

The 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist Announced!

October 25, 2017

The American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medals, now in their 7th year, recognize outstanding fiction and nonfiction for adult readers. See the shortlist titles below, selected from a longlist of 46 fiction and nonfiction titles published in 2017. The two medal winners, one in fiction and one in nonfiction, will be announced at the Reference…

Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week!

October 16, 2017

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the 12th annual National Friends of Libraries Week from Oct. 15-21, 2017. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, raise awareness, and promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and…

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction 2018 Longlist

2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced

October 9, 2017

The longlist for the sixth Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has just been announced! Check it out to see which titles are under consideration for the American Library Association’s first single-title medal given to books for adults. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be announced on October 25, 2017. The…

Screenshot: Travis Kalanick

Further Reading: Troublesome CEOs

June 22, 2017

After a 2013 memo about sexual harassment was leaked to the press, newspapers at home and abroad have been speculating on whether or not Uber CEO Travis Kalanik—no stranger to controversy—might lose his job. Kalanik has been accused of poisoning company culture with laddish (some might say horribly sexist) behavior. Fictional CEOs are no strangers to trouble.…

Screenshot from A Hanmaid's Tale television show

Aunt Lydia’s Forbidden Bookshelf: Three Books to Read After The Handmaid’s Tale

June 22, 2017

The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale wrapped up last night. If you’re already missing the object of your obsession, you can always read (or reread) Margaret Atwood’s book of the same name, since this dystopian nightmare fuel for feminists and anyone who appreciates not living in a totalitarian faith-based state has been keeping people up at night…

Further Reading: Clouds

June 18, 2017

James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. In his prepared remarks (PDF), made public yesterday, the recently ousted F.B.I. director shared the details of his meetings with President Trump, recorded in memo form, during which the President made several references to the harm his presumed ties with Russia have caused on his ability to govern. In a metaphorical flourish,…


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…

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…


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