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Happy Tolkien Reading Day! Book club ideas, the biopic, and all things Tolkien

On this day each year, March 25, fantasy fans participate in Tolkien Reading Day—an honorary day established in 2003 by the Tolkien Society to encourage fans to celebrate the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favorite passages. This year, many will engage by re-reading Tolkien-penned favorites, visiting exhibits, and preparing to see the highly anticipated…

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When Book Clubs Meet Authors

By Anna Ford My book club makes a point to attend at least one live author event every year. It’s the highlight of our meeting schedule! We consult our local library’s speaker series to learn about authors coming to town and choose one or two books from that list. Universities and independent bookshops are other…

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Unique Book Clubs in the American Riviera (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

By Robin Hoklotubbe, Book Club Central Project Coordinator The City of Santa Barbara, California is often referred to as “The American Riviera,” with its miles of beautiful coastline, classic Spanish architecture, first-class dining and hotels, and the fact it’s home to one of the famous California Missions (est. 1786). The city also has an active…

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Very British Mystery

By Shari Randall and Marilyn Levinson Who doesn’t love a mystery – especially one with a British setting? These books on our Very British Mystery list represent genres from police procedural to cozy, and settings from the rain slick streets of London to the green hills of the Cotswolds. We’ve invited the authors to tell us…

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Book Club?

By Susan McBeth, Founder and CEO, NovelNetwork® Ask any librarian who has ever organized a book club meetup for their patrons and they may respond as the nuns did with Maria in The Sound of Music (changing a few choice words of course): How do you solve a problem like a book club? …Many a…

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A Book Club Mixer at the Sedona Public Library

In the past few years, Cheryl L. Yeatts, Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village, AZ noticed a decidedly increase in book clubs and interest in book clubs in her library.  So, in 2017 she attended an ALA Annual Conference Session in Chicago about Book Clubs, organized by United for Libraries and Book…

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SJP Read-Alikes: She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore

By Donna Seaman Wayétu Moore and her family fled Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, during the civil war in 1989 when Moore was five, a harrowing rupture that her father sought to ameliorate by telling stories full of magic. In her spellbinding debut novel, She Would Be King​, Moore continues that evocative filtering of life…

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Top 10 Book-Group Books: 2018

By Susan Maguire Whether you’re planning ahead for a library book group or selecting for circulating book-club kits, these 10 discussion-worthy titles, reviewed by Booklist from July 2017 through June 2018, will get people talking. Fiction Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley A small museum holds the secrets to a star-crossed romance during the Seven Years’ War…

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Get the Inside Scoop on Book Club Central’s Program at ALA Annual 2018!

Last month, United for Libraries and Book Club Central teamed up to present the Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community panel at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans. Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books for Booklist, moderated the panel that included Bill Kelly, librarian at Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, James Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read…

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