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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.

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‘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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‘The Bone Season’ Novel Selected to Launch the TODAY Show Book Club

The TODAY Show has launched the TODAY Book Club. Samantha Shannon’s newly released novel, The Bone Season, has been named the inaugural selection.

On September 16th, Shannon will appear with news anchor Natalie Morales at a Google Hangout. Follow this link to RSVP for this digital event. Click here to watch a Today Show clip with an announcement about this book club.

Here’s more from the press release: “Part of a continuing series, the TODAY Book Club team will choose unique books across every major genre, and selections will be announced on TODAY a few weeks in advance of each of the Google Hangout discussions. All TODAY fans are invited to participate and will be able to sign up for these special discussions upon each announcement of a new book selection. TODAY Book Club discussions will be archived and available to replay on demand at TODAY.com/BookClub.”

How Writers Can Connect with Book Clubs

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Jennifer Miller, a novelist hoping to break the world record for most book club events in a single month.

She will try to promote her novel, The Month of the Gadfly, by visiting 100 book clubs in 30 days. 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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Stephen Colbert Starts ‘cOlbert’s Book Club’ with ‘The Great Gatsby’

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert plans to launch “cOlbert’s Book Club.”

For the first installment of this humorous “rip off” of Oprah Winfrey‘s book club, Colbert plans to discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jennifer Egan and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann will be his first guests on Thursday, May 9th. The video embedded above contains the full announcement–what do you think?

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