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Archive for June, 2009

Sun, June 28th, 2009
Summer Book Group Suggestions
Posted by: Misha Stone

In a past post I mentioned that my colleague, Linda, and I were preparing to book-talk some book group suggestions to a women’s group in Seattle. I thought that I would share our list. We wrote many of the annotations, but honestly also adapted a few from NoveList and used some from our Book Group […]

Fri, June 26th, 2009
Summer Reading Redux
Posted by: admin

Here are a few more lists of books to read this summer,  courtesy of NPR. True to form, Nancy Pearl’s picks  are an eclectic mix, including a teen novel (The Disreputable History of  Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart and a graphic novel (The Photographer  by Emmanuel Guibert and others).  Among her other suggestions: The Color […]

Thu, June 25th, 2009
So what's left to talk about?
Posted by: Kaite Stover

I love the publishing world. You just never know what’s going between the covers next. Well, the next bestseller is going to be short on plot development, character depth, and description, but it’ll have a zippy pace. Penguin is going to publish a book from two college students that will summarize all the classics using […]

Thu, June 25th, 2009
Who Will Speak for this Book?
Posted by: Neil Hollands

The person who picked the book didn’t make the meeting. Strike one. The book proved to be surprisingly difficult to obtain. Several of us couldn’t track down a copy in a timely way. Strike two. As discussion limped to a start, there was too much awkward silence. Our book, which shall remain nameless (but its Nobel-winning author’s name rhymes with HELLO, as […]

Wed, June 24th, 2009
Some Like It Hard-boiled
Posted by: Ted Balcom

A few weeks ago my mother-in-law sent me a copy of the newsletter from the library where she works (The Urbana Free Library in Urbana, IL).  In it there was an article about the library’s recent Big Read event, with information about a series of programs which I’d like to share with Book Group Buzz […]

Wed, June 24th, 2009
Modern Art, Anyone?
Posted by: Ted Balcom

Here in the Midwest, there is currently great excitement about the recent opening of the Modern Wing at The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC).  One of the ways the museum is spotlighting this momentous occasion is by inviting its book club members to read My Love Affair with Modern Art, by Katharine Kuh, the woman behind the development […]

Tue, June 23rd, 2009
Go to Guernsey
Posted by: admin

Did your book group love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society? Now you can enter the Take Your Book Group to Guernsey sweepstakes. The winner and five friends will visit Guernsey from Friday October 2nd through Monday October 5th, 2009.  Activities will include a joint book discussion with a UK book group and an island tour.

Fri, June 19th, 2009
Posted by: Misha Stone

I just finished Stitches: a memoir by David Small, which was all the buzz at BookExpo. This graphic novel memoir cinematically captures Small’s horrific childhood and adolescence with his parents in 1950s Detroit. His father, a taciturn doctor rarely home for dinner, and emotionally repressed mother, who slammed around the house for no discernable reason, […]

Fri, June 19th, 2009
Survey Says…
Posted by: admin

ReadingGroupGuides has published the results of its 2009 Reader Survey, which was conducted in March and April. The 62-question survey was completed by more than 6,000 members of book groups. Here are some highlights: Most popular place to meet: members’ homes, on a rotating basis Most common numbers of members in a group: 5-9 Most […]

Fri, June 19th, 2009
The 2009 Barry Award Nominees
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

Deadly Pleasures magazine and Mystery News magazine just announced the 2009 nominations for the annual Barry Award for various “bests” in crime and mystery fiction. To see the complete list, go to

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