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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 7:26 am
People will talk about reading
Posted by: Kaite Stover

Print or E, people still like to talk about what they’re reading. Some booksellers in the Chicago area are concerned, but others are not letting the new formats keep them from doing what they love–connecting readers with good books and other readers to talk to. They’re looking for ways to sell the new e-formats directly to their customers and keep the community of readers active with book groups meeting in their own cafes.

Libraries in the area also report consist attendance at their book groups, particularly specialty groups that focus on a particular genre such as mysteries. The Sugar Grove (IL) Public Library recently had a healthy crowd to chat about The Body in the Snowdrift by Katherine Hall Page. Nice choice for January.

I know this probably isn’t news to many of us, but isn’t it encouraging to know that there are other folks in the book biz working hard to keep the reading life vibrant?

2 Responses to “People will talk about reading”
  1. Katherine Hall Page Says:

    How lovely to see this through Google Alerts and I’m honored that Sugar Grove selected The Body in the Snowdrift to discuss! I poured at a local Massachusetts mystery book group’s annual tea on Sunday and we all had a great time trading titles. I mentioned the new Bess Armstrong series Charles Todd is doing and a YA trilogy, The Agency, by Y.S. Lee (terrific Victorian London setting and Mary Quinn is a wonderful character for all ages). Besides the other essential services our libraries provide,I’m thankful for these book groups that bring readers together. I wrote an Author’s Note about libraries in the last book, The Body in the Sleigh, and dedicated it to librarians-that feisty bunch.
    Best wishes,

  2. Karen Ehlers Says:

    My book club meetings generally range from 3 to 5 hours. And when everyone is really tuned into the book – the conversation is just overwhelming. We laugh a lot and eat and drink and really enjoy everyone’s POV. I hear a lot of ‘wow, I never thought about it that way’ peppered into the conversation.

    I have only one male member and he braves the hormones every month simply because he says he loves to talk about books. We all love him dearly!

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