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Where Do Book Clubs Meet?

Many people think of book clubs as meeting in people’s homes, but the book club world is much more diverse. In fact, according to BookBrowse’s research, only 55 percent of in-person book clubs meet in a home.

So, where will you find the rest?

Overall, 17% meet in public libraries, 14% meet in restaurants or cafes, 6% in community rooms, 4% in places of worship, 2% in bookstores, and a further 2% at work. You can see the breakdown below:

Syrian Culture: A Rich, Layered Legacy

The voices and stories of Syrian refugee experiences are not the only things drowned out by the international news agencies’ overwhelming focus on conflict, war, and death tolls. Underneath the tragedy, now literally buried beneath the rubble in many cases, is a cultural legacy that has spanned centuries and empires. The empires that ruled over and influenced Syria from the ancient to the modern period included the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines, with the Ottoman empire ruling from 1516 to 1918. Religious, art, music, and food cultures are the legacy left behind that vary both according to cultural differences and regional differences, as well as a number of UNESCO World Heritage site designations for plac… [More]

The Link Between Discussion Length and a Happy Book Club

When you hear the term “book club” what image comes to mind? Many readers not in one see them as social groups more interested in gossiping than discussing the book at hand, an impression that is often perpetuated in the media at large. BookBrowse has been researching readers and book clubs for more than 15 years, so we knew that this perception wasn’t accurate, but we didn’t have hard numbers to prove the case. So, over the past 18 months, we set out to find out exactly what’s going on in book clubs, gathering responses from over 5,000 people through two surveys. We’ve recently published the findings in a report which we’ve titled “The Inner Lives of Book Clubs” because it’s the first report to really get to the heart of th… [More]

Six Nonfiction Books to Read With Your Book Club

Truth may be stranger than fiction, but that is not all. It is also, at times, more harrowing, more exhilarating, and more remarkable than fiction too. We’ve gathered six nonfiction titles that evoke all of those feelings and so many more. [More]

How to Write a Manifesto

Women & Power by Mary Beard has labeled a manifesto, which comes from the Latin word manifestus, meaning “to manifest, to clearly reveal, or to make real.” It is a broad term for a public statement of intent, belief, or a call to action issued by an organization or an individual. Most nonprofit and political groups have a manifesto of some sort which states their purpose – why they exist and what they hope to accomplish. This allows them to frame the organization’s goals succinctly, be able to communicate those aims and recruit others to the cause. These declarations are also meant to inspire, to share a vision and excite others. For this reason, some corporations are ditching their mission statements – which have a dry static co… [More]

An Original Poem by Rhett Miller

Our Nerdy Book Club by Rhett Miller My friends and I, we have a book club. We read and we read and we read. We talk and we laugh and we argue. And books are all that we need. The stories, they bring us together. The world can be lonely sometimes. The Great American Novel, Or some goofy […]

Books as Safe Haven by Paula Garner

For a writer, this is a strange and kind of awful thing to admit, but it’s the truth: I grew up in a bookless house. Okay, it wasn’t 100% bookless, strictly speaking. There was a bible. And there was a book called Jokes for the John, which, as a very small person, I found far more […]

I’ve been thinking about the girls of this world by Ali Benjamin

I’ve been thinking about the girls of this world. I’ve been thinking, for example, about a moment, not so long ago: it happened during one of those “What To Expect Now That Your Child’s in Middle School” programs — the sort of occasion where parents and teachers talk anxiously about how to guide kids […]

My Reading Life by Toni Yuly

I did not grow up a big reader. My family was really into sports and we watched a lot of TV, especially cartoons, (I was born in 1954.) I don’t remember hearing a good night story before bed or enjoying reading, except for comic books, as a young child. I loved comic books. I […]

The Book Love Foundation Summer Book Club: supporting teachers, supporting learning by Penny Kittle, Clare Landrigan, Fran McVeigh

I feel a tug on the back of my dress as I walk down the hall to debrief with the first-grade team of teachers. I shift my stance wondering if I somehow caught my hem on something. Then I hear her voice. Miss Clare. I turn and see her small fingers wrapped tightly around the […]

10 Ways to Make Home Reading a Path to Lifelong Literacy by Kyla McDonald

Home Reading is ideally a time for your reader to unplug and instead connect to the world of stories, information and adventures. Unfortunately, the ideal is not always possible. Busy households can make home reading a chore, or worse a battlefield. As a mama, a teacher and a librarian, I have come face to face […]

Nikki Giovanni, Flannery O’Connor, The Dalai Lama, James Baldwin, and Me by Nora Raleigh Baskin

This is the speech Nora gave as a Key Note Speaker at The Wamogo Oratory Invitational on March 22, 2019. “Writers don’t write from experience, though many are resistant to admit they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience you’d get maybe one book maybe three poems. Writers […]

The Story, My Story by Todd Strasser

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of my first young adult novel, Angel Dust Blues. Like many first novels, it was quite autobiographical, the story of a young man living two discordant lives. In his suburban home town, he is a druggie (or “head” as we called ourselves back in the day). […]

Ten Bios of Women Artists Who Found their Place in History by Mary Zisk

“My cousin had given me his History of Art textbook, but when I poured through that fat book page by page by page, there were no lady artists in it at all! In 572 pages! And I went through it three times. Frontwards and backwards. There were plenty of paintings of ladies—a lot of them […]

The Joys (and pains) of Book Talks with Upper Elementary by Carrie Rodusky

Teaching upper elementary in a pre-k to eighth-grade school with one class per grade is no easy feat. If you are a teacher of fourth and fifth graders or a parent of a child around this age, you know that some days are better than others. I won’t go into the developmental characteristics of […]