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How to run a vibrant, challenging, on-topic book group discussion

You formed a book group.You picked a book. You emailed and replied-all and replied-all some more and finally wrestled a date and location out of everyone involved. You read the book. (Huzzah!) The big night arrives and you all gather together. Now what? Many book groups sparkle into existence only to see their literary ambitions [...]

May 4th, 2011
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How to Pick a Fantastic Book Group Book

…Or, how I attempt to, anyway. I am the dictator of my monthly fiction book group. For the past 13 years, I’ve selected the novels we’ve read, prepared background on the authors and titles, and tossed out the opening questions. If the book we discuss is lousy, I take the glowers. If it makes for [...]

March 31st, 2011