Book the Writer

30CLUBjp-master675Book the Writer, a recently established venture in New York is matching authors and book groups. The first author to to take part was Alexandra Styron (daughter of novelist William Styron) who talked about her 2011 memoir Reading My Father – and was questioned by club members – in exchange for a fee ($750). The service, started by novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz, has attracted authors including Michael Cunningham, Kurt Anderson, Susan Choi, Zoe Heller, and Luke Barr. As of now the service is only available to Manhattan and Brooklyn book groups.”For club members, it offers a rare opportunity to question authors in person about the writing process … For authors, it is a way to talk directly to their readers, hoping to build word-of-mouth for their books and earning a little money on the side for an evening’s work.” You can read more about this unique venture in today’s NYT article.


Colm Toibin’s “Brooklyn”

Brooklyn seems to be a popular choice with book clubs right now. It was a recent pick for the Irish Times book club, and Toibin answered readers’ questions about the ideas and influences behind the novel.

Book clubs are hot

I ran across a short article in the Trib Business section this week on the popularity of book clubs and the value of hosting club meetings right at the store. It’s nice to hear about the growing population of book clubbers, and it’s nice to think that many of them might be frugal types who pop in to the library to get their copy of the book for free.

Barbara L., Reader’s Services