Reading Group Choices Newsletter
National Reading Group Month
Awarded, Forbidden & Recommended Reads
October 2009
Greetings!
National Reading Group Month - how, where, and with whom to celebrate the joy of shared reading;
 
Plus the newest discussibles, the critics' choices, the forbidden fruit of reading groups, and your own discussible choices;
 
All in this month's Reading Group Choices newsletter!
In This Issue
New Discussible Selections
Sunburst Awards
Man Booker Awards
The Dog Ate My Paper!
Island Reads & Your Discussible Choices
Banned Books Week
Reading Group Choices 2010 Released!
National Reading Group Month
New Discussible Selections

Chronic City by Jonathan LethemJonathan Letham's Chronic City is a gorgeous, searing portrayal of Manhattanites -- wrapped in their own delusions, desires, and lies. From the acclaimed author of Motherless Brooklyn, Chronic City attempts to unearth the answers to the questions of what is real and what is fake. Lethem's characters search to find the meaning of truth on an island where everything can be bought.  
 
The Return by Victoria HislopAlready a #1 bestseller in the UK, The Return is a captivating new novel of family, love, and betrayal set against a backdrop of civil war, flamenco, and fiery Spanish passion. The author of the beloved international bestseller The Island, Victoria Hislop transports the reader to Granada, Spain, in a time of historic turmoil. Sonia knows nothing of Granada's shocking past, but ordering a simple cup of coffee in a quiet café will lead her into the extraordinary tale of a family's fight to survive the horror of the Spanish Civil War. 
 
The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter AckroydTwo nineteenth-century Oxford students-Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley-form an unlikely friendship. Pete Ackroyd's The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein is a haunting and atmospheric novel that opens with a heated discussion, as Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and life. These concepts become an obsession for the young Frankenstein as he conducts experiments to bring life to the terrifying creature that will bear his name for eternity. The book is filled with literary lights of the day such as Bysshe Shelley, Godwin, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley herself, and penned in period-perfect prose.
Sunburst Awards
 
Sunburst MedallionThe Sunburst Award Committee announced that the winner of its 2009 adult award is The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson and the winner of its 2009 young adult award is Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is based on excellence of writing and awarded to a Canadian writer who has published a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection any time during the previous calendar year.
Man Booker Awards
 
The Winner of The Man Booker Award will be announced on Tuesday, October 6th. The Guardian has the lowdown of the six shortlisted books. 
The Dog Ate My Paper
 
The dog ate my paper? "Who wrote what? " in the The Guardian's quiz testing your knowledge on literature and school. Hope you get a A! 
Island Reads & Your Discussible Choices
 
Book Dots
Congratulations to Sheryl and The Book Club at Big City for winning the random drawing for this month's Discussible Book Choice!
 
"We have read and totally enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  Even though we all live on an island (Oahu), we all want to go visit the Channel Islands and "walk the book".  We also had a great time discussing which actors would play which characters from the book. You just can't talk about the book without a smile on your face."
Sheryl, The Book Club at Big City, Honolulu, HI
 
We enjoy hearing from book club members and sharing their choices with everyone. Please let us know about your group's discussible choices - you may win a book-related prize for every member of your reading group! 
 
More Discussible Choices
 
Banned Books Week
 
Banned Books Week (September 26-Oct 3) is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. See a map of book bans and challenges in the US from 2007 to 2009. It is your right to decide!
Vote Now: Best Fiction Award 
 
Hurry, cast your vote for the Best of the National Book Awards Fiction and enter to win two tickets to the awards ceremony! YOU have a month to vote for your favorite.  And, four of the finalists are short stories collections - awesome! Now, maybe short fiction will have its due - even Oprah picked a collection of short stories, Uwem Akpan's, Say You're One Of Them.  Pick one, and select it for your book discussion!
 
Reading Group Choices 2010 Released!
 
Last month, Reading Group Choices announced the release of Reading Group Choices 2010: Selections for Lively Book Discussions, and the new edition is now shipping!
 
Reading Group Choices 2010The 2009 guide marks the 16th annual print edition, which once again includes reading recommendations of some of the publication industry's best authors. Reading Group Choices 2010: Selections for Lively Book Discussions includes over 75 new titles for recommended reading and book group discussion. Titles by such reading group favorite authors as Barbara Delinsky, Khaled Hosseini, Elizabeth Noble, Geraldine Brooks, and Dennis Lehane, as well as work from debut authors have been selected for inclusion. The guide also includes valuable resources available to reading groups and book clubs all over the world. 
 
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Thanks for keeping the joy of shared reading alive,
 

 
National Reading Group Month
National Reading Group Month Great Group Reads
October is National Reading Group Month - celebrating YOU and good book conversations around the nation. The reading group community is literally sharing the pleasures, ideas, adventure, knowledge, and self- and world-awareness that emerge between the covers of a book. The National Reading Group Committee has selected nine discussible choices for their 2009 Great Group Reads (GGR). The GGR list focused on titles from small presses and other less-know titles from large publishers - great for lively book conversation! Here are the selections:
 
 
 
Reading Group Choices' Barbara Mead will be in Nashville and will attend the NRGM panel. 'Hope to see you there! 
 
Reading Group Choices is proud to be a National Reading Group Month partner.
 
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