Though our friends The Author Enablers are the official advice dispensers for BookPage, occasionally we get a question from a reader that isn’t related to writing. Last week brought one to my inbox. Reader Diana wrote,
We are a group of retired friends that would like to start a book club, or book discussion group. We have no idea where to start. Any suggestions?
Props to Diana for already having a group! Of course, any book club leader needs suggestions beyond the obvious “meet and decide how often to meet/what to read,” and that’s where you come in. To enter this week’s contest, leave your best piece of advice for someone starting a book club in the comments. The prize? Five copies of our January Top Pick for book clubs, Peter Carey’s Parrot & Olivier in America, for the lucky winner to read with their own book club.
So be creative! Is there a strategy for picking books that you’ve found useful? Any ways to ensuring that discussion remains on the book and away from the participants’ personal lives? Is there a brand of wine that all your club members can agree on? A winner will be chosen at random from all who have entered before 5 pm CST on January 14, 2011.