Press Release Archive
Booklist chosen again as partner for National Reading Group Month
CHICAGO — October 1, 2009 — Booklist, the American Library Association’s review source, is proud to have been selected again as a partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s National Reading Group Month in October, its third year.
The popular Booklist blog Book Group Buzz, offering helpful and entertaining information to reading groups both in and outside libraries, has again been selected as the official partner blog for National Reading Group Month. Book Group Buzz includes informative, wise, witty, and salutary posts by expert contributors from around the country, plus links to a wide range of free book group-related guides, tips and other resources. “This online destination for reading groups is the ideal blog for National Reading Group Month,” said NRGM Chair, Jill Tardiff. “We are delighted to partner with ALA’s Booklist and to make Book Group Buzz a visible part of the program. We’re impressed by the scope of this one-stop resource for reading groups.”
As a new initiative for National Reading Group Month this year, nine “Great Group Reads” (eight novels and a memoir) have been selected on the basis of their appeal to reading groups, covering timely and provocative topics. Booklist is making reviews of the Great Group Reads available free to non-subscribers at Booklist Online. Booklist Online is also a vibrant resource for book groups throughout the year, with wide-ranging free content from e-newsletters to featured reviews of the day.
National Reading Group Month celebrates shared reading by promoting reading groups. “People are reading less and less for pleasure, yet month in and month out, thousands of groups nationwide gather to discuss the latest and to revisit older titles,” observed Tardiff.
To learn more about National Reading Group Month and scheduled events, visit www.NationalReadingGroupMonth.org. Events featuring reading-group favorite authors are planned nationwide in the Association’s 10 chapter cities, with partners from libraries and all areas of the book industry supporting the initiative.
Booklist’s free one-stop resource, Book Group Buzz, can be found at http://bookgroupbuzz.booklistonline.com
Booklist is the book review magazine of the American Library Association, considered an essential collection development and readers advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 100 years. Booklist Online includes more than 125,000 reviews as well as a free Web site offering the latest news and views on books and media.
The Women’s National Book Association, founded in 1917, is the oldest continuously running women’s literary organization in the USA. For the past 90 years, it has united women – and now men – from every corner of the book world: writers, editors, librarians, bookstore owners, and more. It provides a vehicle through which members can act on their professional and personal commitment to champion the book and to stimulate the increased tolerance, social awareness, and civic involvement associated with reading.
National Reading Group Month Announces the 2009 Great Group Reads
NEW YORK — September 24, 2009 —The National Reading Group Month Selection Committee has chosen nine books, eight novels and one memoir, as this year’s Great Group Reads. The books are:
Appassionata by Eva Hoffman (Other Press)
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist (Other Press)
The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë by Syrie James (Avon A)
The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey (Harper Perennial)
Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal by Julie Metz (Voice)
While I’m Falling by Laura Moriarty (Hyperion)
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson (Picador)
Cost by Roxana Robinson (Picador)
Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie (Picador)
These titles were selected on the basis of their appeal to reading groups for whom they are bound to open up lively conversations about a host of timely and provocative topics, from the intimate dynamics of family and personal relationships to major cultural and world issues. The Committee also made a conscious decision to focus its attention on under-represented gems from small presses and lesser-known mid-list releases from larger houses. All are books with strong narratives peopled by fully realized characters; books which perhaps have flown under the radar of reviewers and reading groups overwhelmed by the sheer number of new releases each year.
Selection Committee coordinator Rosalind Reisner puts it this way: “Great Group Reads will help passionate readers find that great mid-list fiction and nonfiction that may be overlooked in the clamor over best-sellers.” Ms. Reisner also was one of ten selectors, all of whom praise the process and the choices made. According to her colleague, Judith Strand, “This NRGM program taught me to read more objectively and gave me greater insight into how to judge a book based on its appeal for group discussion rather than how the story affected me personally. I am grateful to the publishers who trusted our judgment, and to the authors who continue to astound me with their ever higher standards of excellence.” Another Committee member, Michele Leber adds, “Suggesting titles for book groups is a natural next step in WNBA’s celebration of National Reading Group Month. As a lifelong lover of reading, a published reviewer for 35 years, and a member of a 15-year-old book group, I’m delighted to have a hand in selecting these titles.” (A full list of Selection Committee members can be found at the National Reading Group Month Web site.
The National Reading Group Month chair Jill A. Tardiff thanks the Committee for its hard work and all the publishers who submitted titles and made reading copies available. Ms. Tardiff says, “We hope that these wonderful titles become reading-group staples and that booksellers and libraries across America feature them during month of October, which is, of course, National Reading Group Month.” She continues, “To that end, we are providing an array of professionally designed display materials such as shelf-talkers and table-top posters on the National Reading Group Month Web site for anyone to download and use in promoting these titles. We encourage visiting the site for these and other features, as well as links to further resources.”
National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). Founded in 1917, WNBA promotes literacy, a love of reading, and women’s roles in the community of the book.
National Reading Group Month 2009 Official Sponsors: HarperCollins Publishers, Harper Perennial, Ingram Content Group and Susannah Greenberg PR.
National Reading Group Month Great Group Reads logo designed by Susan Vianna, Fishergate Inc., Chester, MD.
Women’s National Book Association, P.O. Box 237, FDR Station, New York, NY
Press release prepared on September 24, 2009,
by Jill A. Tardiff, National Reading Group Month Chair/Coordinator
tel (201) 656-7220.
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October is National Reading Group Month
Celebrating the joy of shared reading
NEW YORK – October 1, 2009 – To celebrate the joy of shared reading and encourage more people to get involved in reading groups, the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) has designated October as National Reading Group Month (NRGM). October 2009 will be the third annual celebration.
Festivities will include events with a host of favorite book club authors. These will take place across the nation in each of the Association’s ten chapter cities: Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and the newly formed Charlotte, North Carolina chapter.
WNBA in Nashville will host the National Reading Group Month Signature Event at the Nashville Public Library Downtown on Saturday, October 10 (breakfast, 9:15–11 a.m.; book-signing, 11–11:30 a.m.), sponsored by Ingram Book Co. The event will feature best-selling authors Marie Brenner (Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found, Picador), Holly Goddard Jones (Girl Trouble: Stories, HarperPerennial), 2006 WNBA Award recipient Perri Klass (The Mercy Rule, Mariner Books), Inman Majors (The Millionaires, W.W. Norton & Co.) and Kathryn Stockett (The Help, Putnam). Nashville Public Radio All Things Considered host Nina Cardona will emcee the program. This “breakfast with authors” is an official part of The Southern Festival of Books, and is again co-sponsored by the Nashville Public Library joined this year by Davis-Kidd Nashville.
A full listing of National Reading Group Month events to date is listed below. Updates will be posted to WNBA national and local Web sites, including NationalReadingGroupMonth.org, www.wnba-books.org, Facebook, and Twitter (WNBA_NRGM) in the upcoming weeks.
WNBA is a non-profit educational professional trade organization, promoting books and reading since 1917. The Association draws members from all segments of the book industry and has ten chapters nationwide.
Participants, partners, supporters and sponsors include publishers, librarians, booksellers, book trade organizations, authors and more, including Official 2009 sponsors: Dollar General Literacy Foundation, HarperCollins Publishers [Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks], Ingram Content Group, and Susannah Greenberg PR; partners include: the American Library Association/Booklist’s Book Group Buzz and Reading Group Choices, among others.
Those publishers, companies or individuals interested in becoming sponsors or partners of National Reading Group Month should contact Jill Tardiff, National Reading Group Month Chair at (201) 656-7220, jtardiff-wnbanational at att.net.
For more information about individual events, contact the event coordinators listed.
NATIONAL READING GROUP MONTH SIGNATURE EVENT
WNBA-Nashville with event co-sponsor Nashville Public Library Downtown and Davis-Kidd in conjunction with the Southern Festival of Books (Sat., Oct. 10; breakfast, 9:15–11 a.m.; book-signing, 11–11:30 a.m.): Nina Cardona (NPR-Nashville host/reporter), with Marie Brenner (Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found, Picador); Holly Goddard Jones (Girl Trouble: Stories, HarperPerennial); Perri Klass (The Mercy Rule, Mariner Books); Inman Majors (The Millionaires, W.W. Norton & Co.); Kathryn Stockett (The Help, Putnam). Contact: Lee Fairbend, lfairbend at comcast.net.
NEW YORK CITY
WNBA-NYC at the Mint Theater (Wed., Oct. 21; 6–9 p.m.): Rosalind Reisner (Read On…Life Stories and Jewish American Literature, Libraries Unlimited) and Miriam Tuliao (New York Public Library, Assistant Director, Central Collection Development), with Christina Baker Kline (Bird in Hand, Wm Morrow); Eva Hoffman (Appassionata, Other Press); C.M. Mayo (The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, Unbridled Books); Julie Metz (Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal, Hyperion/Voice); Roxana Robinson (Cost, Picador). Contact: Lori O’Dea, LO’dea at amscopub.com.
WNBA-Boston at Hotel 140 (Thurs., Oct. 22; 6–9 p.m.): Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp (The Book Club Cookbook and The Kids’ Book Club Book, Tarcher), with Lisa Genova (Still Alice, Pocket Books); Katherine Howe (The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Hyperion); Margot Livesey (The House on Fortune Street, HarperPerennial). Contact: Erin Brown, ebrown at harvardbusiness.org, or Katherine Dibble, kdibble at att.net.
WNBA-Charlotte with program co-sponsor Park Road Books (month-long): “WNBA-Charlotte Picks of the Lists.” Contact: Carin Siegfried, Carin.Siegfried at baker-taylor.com.
WNBA-Dallas with event co-sponsor Barnes & Noble Booksellers-Lincoln Park (Sat., Oct. 17, 7–9 p.m.): Dixie Cash (Curing the Blues with a New Pair of Shoes, HarperCollins, Avon A).
Contact: Melinda Woolf, melinda.woolf at mac.com.
WNBA-Detroit with event co-sponsor Baldwin Public Library-Birmingham (Mon., Oct. 26; 7 p.m.): Laura Kasischke (In a Perfect World, HarperPerennial). Contact: Celia Morse, cmorse at berkley.lib.mi.us.
WNBA-LA at the West Hollywood Book Fair with event co-sponsor Book Soup (Sun., Oct. 4; panel, 11–11:55 a.m., book-signing, noon–1 p.m.): Kelly Sullivan-Walden (I Had the Strangest Dream, Grand Central) and Paul Ryan (The Art of Comedy, Back Stage Books), with Diana Birchall (Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Sourcebooks); Dori Carter (We Are Rich, Other Press); Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen and The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë, HarperCollins/Avon); Estherleon Schwartz (Tears of Stone: And My Deal with God: My Life Story, Estherleon Schwartz). Contact: Kelly Sullivan-Walden, kellygq at mac.com.
WNBA-SF with event co-sponsor Book Passage/Corte Madera (Thurs., Oct. 15; 6:30–8:30 p.m.): Tanya Egan Gibson (How to Buy a Love of Reading, Dutton); 2008 WNBA Award recipient Kathi Kamen Goldmark (And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You, Chronicle); Christopher Gortner (The Last Queen, Ballantine). Contact: Lynn Henriksen, lynn at telltalesouls.com.
WNBA-SF with event co-sponsor BookShop West Portal (Thurs., Oct. 29; 7 p.m.): Joan Gelfand (A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams, San Francisco Bay Press), with Allison Hoover Bartlett (The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, Riverhead); Meg Waite Clayton (The Wednesday Sisters, Ballantine); Charlie Haas (The Enthusiast, HarperPerennial); Mary Mackey (The Widow’s War, Berkley). Contact: Joan Gelfand, joan at joangelfand.com.
WNBA-Seattle with event co-sponsor Third Place Books (Wed., Oct. 21; 6:30–9 p.m.): Nancy Pearl (Book Lust, More Book Lust and Book Crush, Sasquatch Books), with Jamie Ford (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Ballantine); Diane Hammond (Hannah’s Dream, Harper Paperbacks); Jim Lynch (Border Songs, Knopf); Stephanie Kallos (Sing Them Home, Atlantic Monthly Press); Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain, Harper Paperbacks). Contact: Cheryl McKeon, cmckeon at thirdplacebooks.com.
WNBA-D.C. with event co-sponsor Politics & Prose Bookstore/Coffeehouse (Tues., Oct. 27; 6:30–9 p.m.): “Washington Reads/P&P Reads,” NC Weil (WNBA-D.C. chapter president), with Carla Cohen (Politics & Prose, co-owner); Edward P. Jones (<The Known World, Harper Paperbacks). Contact: NC Weil, ncweil at patriot.net.
LIBRARY & OTHER EVENTS
NEW JERSEY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
NRGM partner NJLA/NRGM Task Force and New Jersey State Library presents “Readers, Writers & Reading Groups: A Day of Reading Group Workshops,” at the College of New Jersey–Ewing (Sat., Oct. 3; 9:15 a.m.–3:15 p.m.): Keynote speaker, Margo Hammond (Between the Covers: The Book Babes’ Guide to a Woman’s Reading Pleasure, Da Capo Press); Masha Hamilton (31 Hours, Unbridled Books and The Camel Bookmobile, HarperPerennial); others (TBA). Contact: April Judge, bookdirector at yahoo.com.
Women’s National Book Association, P.O. Box 237, FDR Station, New York, NY 10022-9998; (212) 208-4629
Press release prepared on August 13, 2009,
by Susannah Greenberg, Publicity for the Women’s National Book Association and President, Susannah Greenberg Public Relations
tel/fax (212) 208-4629, http://bookbuzz.com
WNBA Announces Winners of the 2009 Pannell Award
The Women’s National Book Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2009 WNBA Pannell Award given annually since 1983 to two bookstores that excel in contributing to their communities in ways that bring books and young people together. The winner in the General Bookstore category is Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati with Honorable Mention going to That Bookstore in Blytheville. The Children’s Specialty store category winner is Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop in LaVerne, CA.
The jury of five book industry professionals deliberated for four weeks, then selected the winners based on creativity, responsiveness to community needs and an understanding of young readers. Jurors complimented the winners, as well as all of the entries, for the innovative ways these independent stores are reaching young readers in spite of shrinking budgets and resources. Illustrating what can be done without a lot of funds, Joseph-Beth’s citywide reading project, Small Fries: A Kids’ Cookbook with sales benefiting a children’s hospital, and Reading Reindeer gift tree were among the highlights. Mrs. Nelson’s Young Authors contest and use of outside venues (libraries, churches, etc.) to reach more children were noted as being exceptional at a time when many such programs are being eliminated.
That Bookstore in Blytheville was applauded for its Head Start classroom reading program, as well as its wide reach of programs into the community connecting with all ages at multiple venues.
In addition to WNBA, the Pannell Award is underwritten by a generous gift from Penguin Young Readers Group. Each winning store will receive a check for $1,000 and framed original art donated this year by Barry Moser and Anna Dewdney. Presentation of the awards will be at the Children’s Book and Author Breakfast on May 29th at Javits Special Events Hall in New York City.
WNBA Announces Bookseller Award Nominees
The Women’s National Book Association is proud to announce the nominees for the 2009 WNBA Pannell Award. Established in 1981 to honor Lucile Micheels Pannell, a model bookwoman and children’s bookseller, the Pannell Award recognizes retail bookstores that excel at inspiring the interest of young people in books and reading. WNBA will present this year’s award to two bookstores—one general and one children’s specialty store—at BookExpoAmerica in New York.
Each recipient will receive a check for $1,000 and a framed piece of original art by a children’s book illustrator. In addition to the Women’s National Book Association, the award is supported by Penguin Young Readers Group, a leading publisher of books for young people.
This year’s nominees represent a wide range of stores from all over the country:
… and Books, Too! – Lewiston, ID
As the Page Turns Bookstore and Gallery – Northville, MI
Baker Books – North Dartmouth, MA
Changing Hands – Tempe, AZ
Cowan’s Book Nook – East Ellijay, GA
Downtown Books – Craig, CO
Garfield Book Company at PLU – Tacoma, WA
Joseph-Beth Booksellers – Cincinatti, OH
Mrs. Nelsons Toy & Bookshop – LaVerne, CA
St. Helens Book Shop – St. Helens, OR
Schuler Books and Music – Okemos, MI
That Bookstore in Blytheville – Blytheville, AR
The King’s English Bookshop – Salt Lake City, UT
Urban Think! Bookstore – Orlando, FL
Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers – Minneapolis, MN
A jury of five book industry professions will select the award winners based on the store’s demonstration of creativity, responsiveness to community needs, passion and a genuine understanding of making the connection between books and young people. For the first time in the history of the award, nominated stores have the choice of making submissions electronically or with a physical submission sent by mail.