Book Club 2.0
People love to talk about books they have read, and authors REALLY love to talk about books they have written. Wouldn’t it be great if the two could meet up? Well they can!
Recently I have talked to several authors who love to talk to book clubs and lead the discussion of their books. I first heard of this idea before I even opened a book store when my cousin’s wife (cousin-in-law?) mentioned that her book club often has authors as guest leaders – even skyping them in occasionally. At the time I could not imagine how you contact the authors, but suddenly a few authors have asked me about meeting with book clubs. I love this idea, and one of the most fun parts is I get to act sort of like the matchmaker and help “set your book club up” with a selection of authors. You can think of me as a bookish match.com.
Does your book club like mysteries and thrillers? I have an award winning author for that!
Does your book club enjoy a regional story ? I have an author for that?
Does your book club prefer non-fiction about the area? I can find you an author for that!
To kick this off I thought we would revamp our own book club and kick off with a discussion of the Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale. I was introduced to Celeste’s books by The Storied Life Book Club of Baton Rouge. The ladies of this book club held a book club girls weekend retreat in St Francisville a few months back and mentioned that they had read this fabulous book and then skyped a discussion with the author. They could not stop saying great things about the author and her books, so of course I had to contact her myself. As a result Celeste will join us for a book signing the Friday night of Christmas in the Country (December 1, 2017) from 5:30 until 7:00 and she has graciously agreed to discuss the book with us at the beginning of this event. So come into the bookshop and pick up a copy early, read it , then bring it back to have the author sign it on December 1. I started reading my copy last night and I am so looking forward to getting back into it tonight.
If your book club would like to contact an author to participate in a discussion with your group send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s see who we can match your group with for Book Club 2.0!