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Neil Gaiman Praises Book Clubs

Author Neil Gaiman has shot a video praising book clubs. In the video embedded above, Gaiman sharing his answers for what he feels would be “top book club questions” for The Ocean at The End of The Lane.

Thus far, the video has drawn more than 1,100 “likes” on Facebook. What kinds of questions would you ask Gaiman about this novel? (via Nerdist)

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TODAY Show Book Club to Read ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green

tfioscoverThe TODAY Show has unveiled its next Book Club pick: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

According to the press release, “members will have the opportunity to participate in a Google+ Hangout live from the red carpet of a movie premiere. John Green and the stars of the film will join Willie Geist one hour before The Fault in Our Stars premieres in New York City.”

This book has an enormous fan base; all four of Green’s young adult novels are currently featured on The New York Times bestseller list. During a recent press conference, Green shared that he feels the team behind The Fault in Our Stars movie “really honored my book.” Follow this link to learn more details about the book club. Click here to watch a clip with the announcement.

Topless Reading Parties in NYC Aim to Make Reading Sexy

toplessreadingWe recently heard about silent reading parties hitting NYC, but the latest trend is much more risqué.  The Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society has returned with its annual topless reading initiative. The group hosts events around the city encouraging readers to strip down as they crack open a book.

Here is more about a recent outing:

Visiting one of our favorite haunts, the rooftop sundeck of a nude-friendly, gay-friendly, everything-friendly boutique hotel, we stripped down and gorged ourselves on Prosecco and Tropicana, fresh-baked croissants and brioches and madeleines, and reading material ranging from hardboiled crime yarns to ancient-astronaut tracts to the indescribably glorious ABRAHAM nLINCOLN, PRESIDENTIAL FUCK MACHINE. Conversation ensued. One of our number demonstrated an uncanny ability to imitate the call of a loon, surely a useful urban survival trait.

(ViaThe Huffington Post).

Seattle Bar Hosts Silent Reading Party

sorrentohotelThe Fireside Room at The Sorrento Hotel in Seattle hosts a reading party once a month, and apparently the event is always packed.

The Silent Reading Party takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. Unlike other book clubs, no one talks publicly or reads aloud. Instead the bar is full of readers quietly sitting by the fire and reading on their own.

The Stranger has more about the scene on a recent night:

You can read whatever you want, and it runs the gamut. Two reading parties ago, a business lawyer next to me was reading that day’s New York Times. An art critic was reading A Brief History of Curating by Hans Ulrich Obrist. A singer/performer/musician was reading Moby-Dick. A furniture maker was readingWhere We Live Now: An Annotated Reader, edited by Matthew Stadler. Charles Mudede was reading Walter Benjamin, possibly for the billionth time. An investigative journalist was reading Robert Greenfield’s Exile on Main St., about the Rolling Stones recording Exile on Main St.

‘The Wall Street Journal’ Launches Book Club

wolfhallThe Wall Street Journal has introduced a book club that is led by authors. Every month a guest host picks a book by another author and then acts as a guide for readers on Twitter. Book club participants can ask questions through the social network using the hashtag #WSJbookclub.

For the first month, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert is the host and the book is Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. In February, Gilbert will lead an online discussion about the work. “It’s one of the greatest stories in history. Henry VIII. There’s hardly a better tale of intrigue,” Gilbert told The Wall Street Journal, about her choice. “It’s sex and politics and power and madness and violence. It’s “Game of Thrones.” It’s got everything that you could possibly want.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 650 people have already signed up.  Neil Gaiman and Gillian Flynn will serve as author hosts in coming months. Follow this link to sign up.

 

Housing Works Bookstore & Vonnegut NYC Team Up for The Kurt Vonnegut Book Group

kurtHousing Works Bookstore and Vonnegut NYC (the New York chapter of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library) will partner together to launch the Kurt Vonnegut Book Group.

Members will meet on a monthly basis to talk about Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction and nonfiction works. During each event, a host will present questions and lead the discussion.

The inaugural event will take place on January 18, 2014 at Housing Works Bookstore Café. For this event, the group will discuss the novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Will you be attending?

Oprah Winfrey Picks ‘The Invention of Wings’ For Book Club 2.0

OPR010114_002Oprah Winfrey revealed her third Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Published by Viking, the story of the book features “two unforgettable women, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.”

Follow this link to view a video with Winfrey’s announcement. In the press release, Winfrey explained that she chose this book because “these strong female characters represent the women that have shaped our history and, through Sue’s imaginative storytelling, give us a new perspective on slavery, injustice and the search for freedom.”

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Helen Fielding Is Next Today Book Club Pick

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NBC’s Today show will feature Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding as the second pick for its Today Book Club. This will include both televised and Google Hangout appearances by the author of the beloved Bridget Jones series.

Even though the book won’t come out until October 15, you can follow this link to watch the first Today show interview with Fielding. Here’s an excerpt, with the author talking about her new book:

Well, I dared to make her in her 50s. I thought, you know what, when I wrote the first Bridget, the idea of this 30-something single woman was still a spinster going to end up dying alone and being eaten by a dog and I thought the same thing is going on with the 50-something woman. She has a tight perm and a shopping bag. She’s past her sell by date. All the stereotypes aren’t reflecting what’s really happening. Women are what used to be called middle aged and still have it going on.

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Tumblr Opens Reblog Book Club

Tumblr has launched the Reblog Book Club, its first official book club. The series opens with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, “a coming-of-age story about fanfiction, family, and first love.”

If you want to join the book club conversation, you can post to your Tumblr with the #reblogbookclub tag or you can follow this link to post on the official Tumblr page. Here’s more about the book club:

And because this is a book club the Tumblr way, you can express your feelings about the book however you choose — a written review, fan art, gifs, poems, letters… Maybe you have Fangirl nail art? Maybe you want to post a video blog talking through your ideas, a g-chat with a friend, or a song you think the characters would relate to? It’s all up to you! And, of course, you can reblog other people’s posts to add your own thoughts and responses. Rainbow will even be answering your Ask Box questions throughout the project!

Writer Aims To Visit 365 Book Clubs in a Year

On this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, we spoke with Jennifer Miller, a novelist who visited 76 book clubs in a single month.

To promote her novel, The Month of the Gadfly, she now hopes to visit 365 book clubs in a year. Miller also shared practical advice for other authors looking to connect with book clubs.  Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. Here’s more about the project:

Each club member will receive a signed bookplate and entry into the Book-Club-In-A-Box Giveaway with some of my favorite goodies, and every organizer will receive a free copy of the novel. Your group will also be mentioned in the official RecordSetter.com page. All you need to do is propose an event here on Togather, rally a minimum of four people to read Gadfly, and voilà — you and your group will be part of history!

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