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1. TODAY Show Book Club to Read ‘Positive’ by Paige Rawl

PositiveThe TODAY Show has unveiled its next Book Club pickPositive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl.

This selection marks the first time this book club will focus on a nonfiction title. Participants are encouraged to share messages and pictures on social media with the hashtag #PositiveProject.

According to the press release, “NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager will join Rawl for a Q&A session about her memoir at The Atlantic and MAC AIDS Fund’s Town Hall on Activism on Friday, November 14. The Town Hall on Activism convenes leaders around the country for a discussion on social justice and philanthropy to inspire positive action.”

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2. 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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3. 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.

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4. 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).

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5. 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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6. Fusenews: Berries of new, cots of Cal.

  • WinnieComic Fusenews: Berries of new, cots of Cal.Today I shall begin by ripping out your heart and stomping it into tiny shreds upon the floor.  You may be aware that for years I have worked with the real Winnie-the-Pooh toys at NYPL.  You may also know that the real Christopher Robin had a serious falling out with his father about the books.  Now Ian Chachere has written was is easily the BEST graphic story about Christopher Robin at the end of his days.  Thank you for the link, Kate.
  • Well, get out your fire hoses and start running for the hills (I prefer my mixed metaphors shaken, not stirred).  The Newbery/Caldecott prediction season is about to begin 4 realz.  Calling Caldecott is gently starting its engine, checking its rear view mirror, and making sure the gas tank is full.  Heavy Medal, meanwhile, is putting pedal to the medal (so to speak), revving this puppy as loud as it can go, and then tearing down the street leaving only burnt rubber and flames in its wake.  If you have favorites, they will be systematically destroyed (even, God help us, Doll Bones if Nina’s comments are any indication).  Personally I’m just biding my time until Jonathan Hunt attempts to defend Far Far Away as a Newbery contender.
  • Speaking of the berry of new, Travis Jonker is churning out the fun posts on Newbery stats.  They remind me of the glory days of Peter Sieruta (he loved these sorts of things).  Want to win a Newbery of your very own?  Then you’d better check out So You Want to Win a Newbery, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Whenever I hear that a celebrity has written a children’s book my reaction isn’t so much outrage as a kind of resigned, “What took them so long?”  In my perverted take on Andy Warhol’s famous quote, in the future everyone will have their own children’s book for 15 minutes.  The latest not-so-surprising travesty is Rush Limbaugh’s are-we-absolutely-certain-this-isn’t-from-The-Onion book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.  And we could pull out the usual jokes and all (certainly I’m highly tempted to buy a copy, if only to randomly quote from it on this blog to comedic effect from time to time) but it was Thom Barthelmess who classed the joint up recently by writing of it, “I believe that librarians can shape that discourse by modeling respect for those with whom we disagree. And I believe that every time we suggest to a child that her book choice is inappropriate we weaken the foundation on which she is building a life of reading. This, my friends, is where intellectual rubber meets the freedom road. Let’s be sure we’re holding the map right-side up.”
  • How did I miss this?  Last year I did indeed notice the plethora of Chloes.  So why didn’t I see the abundance of 2013 Floras?  Fortunately Elissa Gershowitz at Horn Book was there to pick up my slack.
  • Once you start talking about Common Core it’s hard to stop. I’ll just close up my mentions of it here by pointing out that if you ever wanted some great reading, it’s fun to take a gander at Museums in a Common Core World.
  • Um . . . awesome.

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If you’re not a regular reader of the very rare middle grade science fiction / fantasy blog Views From the Tesseract, I cannot recommend it highly enough.  Stephanie’s recent post on the book The Fallen Spaceman is fabulous.  Particularly when you discover which Caldecott winner and his son did the illustrations.  Australian readers in particular are urged to comment on it.

  • Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! It’s time for a little game I like to call Guess the Picture Book. Or, rather, it’s a little game Marc Tyler Nobleman likes to call, since he’s the one who came up with it in the first place.

SilentBook 300x92 Fusenews: Berries of new, cots of Cal.A book award for wordless picture books?  Boy, wouldn’t it be nice if such a thing existed?  Well here’s the crazy thing.  Now it does.  Seems that the folks in The Town of Mulazzo (no, I am not making any of this up) collaborated with a host of heavies and came up with The Silent Book Contest.  This is for unpublished manuscripts, so if you’ve a wordless piece that’s been burning a hole in your desk drawer, now’s the time to pull it out and submit it.  Many thanks to Sergio Ruzzier for the heads up!

  • It sort of sounds like a dream.  Apparently if you win the Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship then you get to “spend a total of four weeks or more reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville.”  The catch?  You have to be a working children’s librarian.  Still and all, what fun!  Maybe when I’m older . . .
  • Well, I can’t really report on this without being a little biased.  The first ever NYC Neighborhood Library Awards are happening and five of NYPL’s branches are up for contention.  Better still, two are in the Bronx (as I visit branches I am rapidly coming to the opinion that the Bronx is this awesome place that no one knows jack diddly squat about).  Good luck, guys!
  • Things I didn’t know until this week:  1. That the New York Historical Society has this amazing children’s space that’s so drop dead gorgeous that I think I might cry.  2. That they have their own bookclub for kids who love history called The History Detectives.  What’s more, they love authors who have written fiction and nonfiction books about New York history.  So if any of you guys ever want to make a bookclub appearance, these folks would be a perfect “get”.

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Of course, I highly recommend you read the piece just the same.  The art of those jackets is dee-licious.  Thanks to AL Direct for the link.

  • To be honest, his grandfather was also a looker back in the WWII days.  If you don’t believe me, read one of those books about his spying days.
  • Here in NYC, Bookfest (that cataclysmic delight of children’s book discussions, hosted by Bank Street College) is nigh.  Nigh and I’m moderating a discussion that so far includes Nathan Hale and Grace Lin . . . because life RULES!!  Sign on up for one of the panels anyway.  I’m sure there’s space (for now).
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I don’t suppose this is technically a children’s literature article, but the hidden underground flowering world they discovered not that long ago sure feels like something out a kids book. Just a taste:

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7. 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!

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8. 25 Book Campaign for high schools

This isn't going to be a typical blog, more like all the notes I made when talking to two outstanding junior high librarians who do this at their campuses.  There, of course will be some tweaking for high school, but I can see this happening :)  So in incomplete sentence and bulleted notes, here's what was said:

  • Prizes awarded at 5, 8, 12, 15,20, and 25 books.  Prizes are incremental, ie school bracelet, ice cream, coupon for Chick Filet, front of the line lunch pass or one-day delayed assignment, and a trip to Main Event.  Every five books after that going in a drawing for iTunes cards
  • ELA teachers are responsible for keeping track (one teacher does book conversations)
  • Students don't like to write down anything or keep logs
  • Librarian role is to help find books and keep interest high
  • Advisory time is DEAR time, once a week for 25-30 minutes
  • Do books by genre
Another junior high does this program:
  • Create a Moodle page for the 25 Book Campaign.
  • Embed a database into the Moodle page.  HTML will show up if it's copied and pasted
  • Iterate this is NOT an ELA thing.  It's a school thing
  • Dates are important to the database so only that month is checked
  • Students are allowed to keep adding into previous entries to create on book account
  • Teachers can export an .xls document and sort information
  • What has access to the database?  The librarian manages it and disseminates the info to teachers
High school adaptation and ideas of implementation:
  • get students involved in the process.  Call the President's Club (president's and one other rep from each club on campus) to be the voice of the students
  • Classroom competition for pizza parties?
  • Advisory-based bulletin boards throughout the school to promote readers
  • Teachers are expected to read 25 books as well.  They will get rewarded too.  Modeling is important
  • Must decide what a book is:  do magazine articles count?  How about reading news or articles online?  Classroom required reading can be used.  Page count is important.  ie 10 magazine or online articles represent 1 book
  • Librarian's role is to roam and do mini booktalks to classes.  Check out books on the spot using online catalog
  • Each advisory teacher will be responsible for their group.  These are typically smaller in size than regular classes and more equitable instead of doing this only in ELA classes.  EVERY teacher is involved, not just a department
  • Do a prize patrol to reward students - make it a big celebration, not just an announcement.  Principals will be in charge of this
  • Modify this program for SPED students so they can actively participate.
I don't know of many high schools that do this, so this is an exciting and curious journey we'll be undertaking next year.  When things get settled in, I'll be sure to add more information.  

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9. Free Books at Mediabistro Book Club in NYC

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors.

To help our community grow, we will host another Mediabistro Book Club on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Stand.

Follow this link to RSVP. The free event will feature giveaway books and lots of literary conversation.

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10. Two Opportunities to Win a Copy of MAY B.

Author Megan Spooner is featuring my writing space at her blog this week. Stop by to have a look and enter to win a copy of MAY B. The winner will also receive a copy of my Navigating a Debut Year mini-poster (in the turquoise frame below).

Librarian Mr. Schu along with teacher Mr. Sharp of the #SharpSchu Book Club, have just announced the books they'll discuss for National Poetry Month : Sharon Creech's LOVE THAT DOG and MAY B.! Mr. Schu is giving away copies of both books at his blog, Watch. Connect. Read. Enter to win and please consider joining us on Twitter April 24 at 8:00 EST, hashtag #SharpSchu.


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11. Submit Your Book to Mediabistro Book Club in April

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors. You can share your work at our free Mediabistro Book Club April 2, 2013 in New York City.

If you are an author or publicist looking to participate, you can follow this link to apply. The deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). If you are a reader, mark your calendar–the next installment of our free book club will feature four authors from different genres, tons of book giveaways and plenty of practical conversation. The location will be announced soon.

Check it out: “Mediabistro is proud to announce the Mediabistro book club, where authors can highlight their latest work for Mediabistro party attendees. At the event, four authors will mingle and share drinks with Mediabistro’s influential audience and read a five minute selection from their work.”

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12. Book Club Members Outnumbered by Bird-Watchers

5.7 million Americans now belong to book clubs, compared to 5.8 million bird-watchers in our country.

ProQuest has released the Statistical Abstract of the United States 2013, taking over the annual volume of American demographics from the Census Bureau.

The New York Times had some key facts: “Liquor stores outnumber bookstores by three to one (the average household spent $100 annually on reading materials and $2,504 on other forms of entertainment). More Americans belong to a fantasy sports league (10.6 million) than to book clubs (5.7 million). Book club members are outnumbered by avid bird-watchers (5.8 million).”

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13. Book Club Virgin


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On Sunday, I met with my first book club, the Stanford Chicano/Latino Alumni Association Book Club of Southern California.
It was a good thing the eight alumni met in Pasadena. This meant that after driving from Santa Barbara to New Orleans, with numerous stops in between and returning in a fiendish schedule of one night and two days to cover two thousand miles in order to do a book signing at the Book Den in Santa Barbara last Thursday and then attend a wedding reception on Saturday, I only had to drive to Pasadena and not Stanford Sunday morning. As you can guess from my long-winded sentences, I’m pretty tired from all the driving, but each stop offers new opportunities that make me grateful for venturing out to promote my debut novel, Ocotillo Dreams. I never had a quinceañera, but I guess the book tour is like one big quinceañera without the fancy gown and tiara. The expenses are comparable and I must certainly rely on the book’s madrinas and padrinos for lodging, meals, and sales.

Sunday’s madrinas and padrinos were the Stanford Chicano/Latino Alumni Association Book Club of Southern California. The host was our very own, Michael Sedano, of La Bloga. He was one of the first readers to review my book on La Bloga and to give his very strong opinion of the characters in Ocotillo Dreams. It’s too bad he is not a member of Amazon and cannot offer his review. Anyone who has ever ordered from Amazon can review any book or simply press the ‘like’ button if they enjoyed the read. Michael served up a mean menudo. I was a little congested and cruda from the previous night’s party when I arrived, but a little menudo helped. He also had coffee, juice, mimosas, and champagne, along with pan dulce, tortillas, and all the usual fixings for menudo, including fresh oregano from his garden.
The Stanford Chicano/Latino Alumni Association Book Club of Southern California

I was pleasantly surprised from the vigorous comments of the Stanford alumni and a little relieved that there were no snarky comments about me being a Cal alum (Stanford’s rival). Michael was kind enough to wear his Berkeley Dad sweatshirt and Concepcion mentioned that she also had a daughter who went to Berkeley. This group had much to say about my book. For the first fifteen to thirty minutes (what seemed like an eternity), I was allowed to listen to the group discuss my book as if I weren’t in the room. A fly on the wall is how someone put it. Then came the defense. I was allowed to speak and answer questions such

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14. Classroom Connections: A BREATH OF EYRE

Classroom Connections is a series meant to introduce teachers to new books.
A BREATH OF EYRE -- Eve Marie Mont

setting: twenty-first century America and nineteenth-century England
age range: young adult


Kirkus starred reviewThis richly satisfying tale of first and last love transcends its genre—not another breathless, fan-fiction take on a literary classic but an intertextual love letter.
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A BREATH OF EYRE is about Emma Townsend, a girl who seeks solace in books to help her escape her loneliness at her exclusive prep school. She has few friends and even fewer romantic prospects, unless you count her crush on her English teacher. But escape soon arrives in a leather-bound copy of JANE EYRE. Emma feels a strong sense of kinship with the lonely, headstrong Jane, but when a lightning strike catapults her into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world, Emma is torn between two vastly different worlds, and two vastly different men. Moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own.
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15. Submit Your Book for Mediabistro Book Club in Los Angeles

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers, and authors. You can share your work at the third West Coast edition of the Mediabistro Book Club on July 18th in Los Angeles.

If you are an author or publicist looking to participate, you can follow this link to apply. The deadline is May 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM (PT). If you are a reader, mark your calendar–the next installment of our free book club will feature four authors from different genres, tons of book giveaways and plenty of practical conversation. The location will be announced soon.

Check it out: “Mediabistro.com is proud to announce the July mediabistro book club, where authors can highlight their latest work to mediabistro party attendees. At the event, four authors will mingle and share drinks with mediabistro.com’s influential audience and read a five minute selection from their work. To be considered, submit your application by May 18. You will be notified of your acceptance one month prior to the party.”

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16. Mediabistro Book Club Returns to NYC

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors.

In an ongoing effort to build community among readers, writers, and publishing types in real life, we are hosting our next Mediabistro Book Club on May 16, 2012 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Stone Creek Bar & Lounge in Manhattan.

Follow this link to RSVP for the free party. Our featured authors include:

Susie DeFord, Dogs of Brooklyn
Jane Hodges, Rent Vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice
Jillian Medoff, I Couldn’t Love You More

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17. Mediabistro Book Club Returns to NYC

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors.

In an ongoing effort to build community among readers, writers, and publishing types in real life, we are hosting our next Mediabistro Book Club on May 16, 2012 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Stone Creek Bar & Lounge in Manhattan.

Follow this link to RSVP for the free party. Our featured authors include:

Susie DeFord, Dogs of Brooklyn
Jane Hodges, Rent Vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice
Jillian Medoff, I Couldn’t Love You More

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18. Oprah Winfrey Relaunches Her Book Club with ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed

Oprah Winfrey relaunched her book club today, celebrating Wild by Cheryl Strayed in a video about “Book Club 2.0.” The New York Times broke the news with a Winfrey video and story.

“I was reading this book. As a real book. Holding up the book. I was on the edge of my seat reading the book and I was like, ‘Where is The Oprah Winfrey Show when you need to announce and tell everybody about this book? I need the book club.’ So I created Book Club 2.0 for this book, Wild by Cheryl Strayed!” cheered Winfrey, waving the book in a video presentation.

The new club will feature social media components, annotated eBooks and be tied in with Winfrey’s cable station.

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19. Your Book Club Could Be on TV

Would your book club make a good television show? The Book Club Show will be a book-themed show on public television, and they just published a casting call for book club members.

Follow this link to apply. If your club ends up getting picked, be sure to tell us all about it. The video embedded above explains more about the upcoming show.

Check it out: “We’re looking for book clubs, book club members, and everyone who loves books to join the interactive conversation on TV. If you love to read and talk about books, and if you and your book club think you would like to be on TV, please submit your audition application. We’re looking for a book club group of 5-8 people, and we strongly urge you to apply as an individual book club member or as a book club group (4-8 members.) In order to be considered, you must fill out our SURVEY. Book clubs responding to the CASTING CALL must have each member applying fill out the SURVEY.” (Via Sarah Weinman & Wilda Williams & Random House)

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20. Mediabistro Book Club Returns to Los Angeles

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors. To help our community grow, we will host our second West Coast edition of the Mediabistro Book Club on July 18th at Whiskey Blue in Los Angeles.

Follow this link to RSVP. The free event will feature giveaway books and lots of literary conversation. Our featured authors will include:

Jim Krusoe with Parsifal
Lisa Napoli with Radio Shangri-La
Alix Ohlin with INSIDE
Tere Tereba with Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.’s Notorious Mobster

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21. I"m baaaaack (thanks Jack for that incredible movie line!)

Okay, so I took the summer off from everything except a few tweets here and there. This summer was just a time-out for me so get re-focused and enjoy bliss. Don't get me wrong, I love the library, librarianship, librarians...but I wanted to enjoy other things. I painted, swam, became a master at Tiny Wings, and cooked some savory and unsavory dishes. I vacationed, I slept, and I spent time planting trees and trying to keep them alive in this hellish heat.

But now, I'm back at work and there's something to be said about going back to work and getting back that professional focus. I want to be ON FIRE this year!! So, what do I have planned? Oh, so many things! First of all, this is the year I program! I've been saving emails, listening to what others have done, and will try to replicate these in the library. Here are a few ideas (not all my own ideas, so thanks virtual friends out there!)  We'll meet once a six weeks or monthly, depending on how good my group is :)

Blind Date a Book - wrap a book in brown paper wrapping and have them be checked out by my (hopefully) book club to read and swap.

Poetry Slam - So many ideas!  I'm following a thread right now about Blackout Poetry and Susan Smith has a wonderful idea dealing with words and pages.  I'm also going to try my hand at spine poetry as well

Book Club - I've heard many people talk about how hard it is to get a high school group going, but I'm still going to try.  I'll do it during lunches where there will be incentive (think food) as well as online through bookclubit

Book Bake-Off - I saw this last semester and loved the idea!  Read a book, bake something that's thematic or relevant to the book and display (tasting later!!)

Book Art - Who doesn't like a great craft now and then?  Who doesn't have weeded books they're getting rid of?  In comes book art for the book club.  It'll be all about cutting, shredding, pasting, and redesigning for library displays!

Book Techie - Let's get these kids involved!  I'll be setting up GoodReads and Shelfari with the students as well as getting each one to read an e-book from the collection.  I'll also try my hand at book trailers (of course!!)

I Dont Wanna Read Non-Fiction! - Get the club to choose and read non-fiction and create a web-based project about the book to be displayed on the library webpage

Booktalking by Genre - pick a favorite genre, read a book, booktalk it!

And so that's what I want to do this year besides the co-teaching with teachers, doing booktalks, helping with technology and databases and being involved on the state level.  You know, it may sound like a lot, but for high school librarians, it's something we can all handle and do, especially with capable help. 
Wish me luck in this endeavor!!!!!

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22. Submit Your Book for Mediabistro Book Club in NYC

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors. You can share your work at our free Mediabistro Book Club November 14, 2012 in New York City.

If you are an author or publicist looking to participate, you can follow this link to apply. The deadline is October 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM (PT). If you are a reader, mark your calendar–the next installment of our free book club will feature four authors from different genres, tons of book giveaways and plenty of practical conversation. The location will be announced soon.

Check it out: “Mediabistro is proud to announce the Mediabistro book club, where authors can highlight their latest work for Mediabistro party attendees. At the event, four authors will mingle and share drinks with Mediabistro’s influential audience and read a five minute selection from their work.”

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23. Free Books at Mediabistro Book Club in NYC

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors.

In an ongoing effort to build community among readers, writers, and publishing types in real life, we are hosting our next Mediabistro Book Club tonight (November 14, 2012) from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at The Stand in Manhattan (see map).

Follow this link to RSVP for the free party. Our featured authors include:

Jen AdamsThe Books They Gave Me
Toby BallScorch City
Caitlin KellyMalled: My Unintentional Career in Retail
Kitty PilgrimThe Stolen Chalice

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24. Oprah Winfrey Picks The Twelve Tribes of Hattie as Her Book Club 2.0 Selection

Oprah Winfrey revealed her second Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. Published by Knopf, the book “tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one indomitable heroine.”

Winfrey explained her choice: “The opening pages of Ayana’s debut took my breath away … I can’t remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.”

Winfrey will release an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 edition of the book. She will interview Mathis on Sunday, February 3 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN’s “Super Soul Sunday,” but the episode will air on Oprah.com and OWN’s Facebook page and on Oprah Radio’s “Oprah’s Soul Series” on Sirius radio.

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25. Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

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Welcome to the Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs List!  I’m Kate Messner, the children’s author and educator who maintains this site.  I started it because I’ve found that virtual author visits are a great way to connect authors and readers, and I realize that many schools facing budget troubles don’t have the option of paid author visits. With that in mind, this is a list of authors who offer free 15-20-minute Q and A sessions with classes and book clubs that have finished reading one of their books. As an author, I offer free Skype chats for the following titles:

(Please check book release dates! Upcoming titles are also listed; Skype visits available upon book’s release!)

If you’re interested in booking a “virtual visit” with me, please visit my website or drop me an email (kmessner at katemessner dot com). 

How does a Skype virtual visit work?  Click here to read a blog entry about my students’ virtual visit with the fantastic Laurie Halse Anderson. It includes an overview of how a Skype chat with an author might work, as well as tips for teachers, librarians, & book club organizers to help your virtual visit run smoothly.  You can click here to read my first School Library Journal technology feature on Skype author visits, called “Met Any Good Authors Lately? Classroom Visits Can  Happen Via Skype” and this follow-up SLJ feature, “An Author in Every Classroom: Kids Connecting with Authors via Skype. It’s the next best thing to being there.”  There’s also an ever-growing list of authors who offer both free and paid Skype visits at the Skype An Author Network.

Important note for teachers & librarians: Please check with the author via email to be sure he or she still offers free Skype chats before you purchase books or make plans. (Some authors offer only a limited number of free Skype visits, and some who start out offering free visits begin to charge later on.  I don’t always get those updates right away.)  And authors…if you’re on this list but no longer offer free Skype visits, please let me know.

Authors Who Skype With Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

The following authors offer free 15-20-minute Skype chats with book clubs and classes that have read one of their books! (Many also offer more in-depth virtual visits for a fee.) To arrange a virtual visit, check out the authors’ websites for book choices and contact information.  Then ask for their books at your favorite bookstore or visit IndieBound to find a store near you!

For Middle Grade Book Clubs (Ages 8-12)

Sarah Albee
R.J. Anderson
Hannah Barnaby
Dale Basye
Julie Berry
Helene Boudreau
Larry Dane Brimner
Christine Brodien-Jones
Susan Taylor Brown
Leslie Bulion
Stephanie Burgis
Dori Hillestad Butler
Jennifer Cervantes
Katie Davis
Kenneth C. Davis
Julia DeVillers
Erin Dionne
Bonnie Doerr
Gail Donovan
Kathleen Duble
Kathleen Duey
Sarah Beth Durst
Deva Fagan
Greg Fishbone
D. Dina Friedman
Dee Garretson
Donna Gephart
Mike Graf
Danette Haworth
Bridget Heos
Tess Hilmo
Sara Lewis Holmes
Jacqueline Houtman
Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Mark Jeffrey
Lynne Kelly
Derek Taylor Kent
Rose Kent
Morgan Keyes
Jo Knowles
Jane Kurtz
R.L. LaFevers
Irene Latham
Jessica Leader
Lindsey Leavitt
Debbie Levy
Cynthea Liu
C. Alexander London
Dayna Lorentz
Eric Luper
JoAnn Early Macken
Torrey Maldonado
Leslie Margolis
Nan Marino
Kate Messner
Rita Murphy
Richard Newsome
Jennifer Nielsen
Barbara O’Connor
Wendy Orr
Mitali Perkins
Erica Perl
Sarah Prineas
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Yolanda Ridge
Karen Romano Young
Kurtis Scaletta

 

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Laura Schaefer
Lisa Schroeder
Adam Selzer
Laurel Snyder
Margo Sorenson
Tricia Springtubb
Anna Staniszewski
Catherine Stine
Melissa Thomson
Jennifer Trafton
Anne Ursu
Greg van Eekhout
Cynthia Willis
Barry Wolverton
Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

For Teen Book Clubs
(Also check out the list of adult authors below; many also work with teens.)

R.J. Anderson
Ann Angel
Heidi Ayarbe
Kim Baccellia
Pam Bachorz
Cyn Balog
Tracey Baptiste
Lauren Bjorkman
Amy Brecount White
Sarah Rees Brennan
Larry Dane Brimner
Jessica Burkhart
Kay Cassidy
Angela Cerrito
Crissa-Jean Chappell
Ellen Dee Davidson
Kenneth C. Davis
Jaclyn Dolamore
Kathleen Duble
Kathleen Duey
Sarah Beth Durst
Debby Dahl Edwardson
Beth Fehlbaum
Megan Frazer
D. Dina Friedman
Margie Gelbwasser
David Macinnis Gill
Carla Gunn
Teri Hall
Brendan Halpin
S.A. Harazin
Sue Harrison
Cheryl Renee Herbsman
Jim C. Hines
Jennifer Hubbard
Jennifer Jabaley
Denise Jaden
Christine Johnson
Tara Kelly
James Kennedy
Jo Knowles
Daniel Kraus
Nina LaCour
Marie Lamba
Kristen Landon
Anita Liberty
Sarah Darer Littman
Cynthea Liu
Dayna Lorentz
Elisa Ludwig
Eric Luper
Sarah Maclean
Torrey Maldonado
Leslie Margolis
Peter Marino
Neesha Meminger
Marissa Meyer
Lynn Miller-Lachman
Megan Miranda
Saundra Mitchell
Mike Mullin
Greg Neri
Patricia Newman
Caragh O’Brien
Micol Ostow
Jackson Pearce
Mitali Perkins
Erica Perl
Amy Plum
Gae Polisner
Beth Revis
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Lena Roy
Carrie Ryan
Peter Salomon
Sydney Salter
Lisa Schroeder
Inara Scott
Adam Selzer
Kristina Springer
Catherine Stine
Laurie Stolarz
Tiffany Trent
Melissa Walker
Elaine Wolf
Mary Rose Wood


For Adult Book Clubs
(Also check out the authors listed above; middle grade & teen novels can be great book club selections!)

Christa Allan
Charlene Ann Baumbich
Sandra Gulland
Carla Gunn
Sue Harrison
Sarah Maclean
Maryann McFadden
Kitty Morse
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Kelly Simmons
Garth Stein
Gwendolyn Zepeda

Picture Book Clubs for Younger Readers  (4-8)

Marsha Diane Arnold
Mike Artell
Louise Borden
Larry Dane Brimner
Susan Taylor Brown
Leslie Bulion
Katie Davis
Elizabeth Dulemba
Kathy Duval
Sonia Clark Foster
Laurie Jacobs
Jane Kohuth
Jane Kurtz
Kara Lareau
Deb Lund
JoAnn Early Macken
Wendy Martin
Kate Messner
Jamie Michalak
Wendy Orr
Erica Perl
Jean Reidy
Barb Rosenstock
Michael Shoulders
Margo Sorenson
Jennifer Ward
Natasha Wing

If you’re an author of a traditionally published book who would like to be added, please email me (kmessner at katemessner dot com).  If you’re a publicist and would like to send a list of all your authors who Skype with book clubs, that’s fabulous, too.  Again…this is a list of authors who offer FREE 20-minute Skype chats with classrooms & book clubs that have read one of their books.

If you’re a bookseller or book club member, teacher, or librarian, thanks for stopping by – and feel free to comment with any questions!

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