October is National Reading Group Month —
Celebrating the joy of shared reading
NEW YORK — September 13, 2010 — To celebrate the joy of shared reading and to encourage more people to get involved with reading groups, the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) has designated October as National Reading Group Month (NRGM). October 2010 is the fourth annual celebration with 1000s of avid readers taking part in activities through traditional and online book clubs and at neighborhood bookstores and local libraries.
“WNBA proudly endorses this national celebration of reading groups at a time when there is much talk about the ‘decline of the book’ and ‘reading at risk,’” says WNBA National president Mary Grey James. She continues, “The WNBA mission is to promote the value of books and reading and to bring together women and men active in the ‘community of the book.’ National Reading Group Month is a perfect platform for book clubs (individual members and groups) to gather at their local bookstores and libraries to pick their future reading lists and celebrate the congeniality which naturally springs from the reading group experience.”
National Reading Group Month events hosted by the nine WNBA chapters — Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. — springboard programs throughout the country during the month of October.
The highly anticipated National Reading Group Month Signature Event to be held in Nashville at the Nashville Public Library Downtown on Saturday, October 9 (breakfast, 9–11 a.m.; book-signing, 11–11:30 a.m.) highlights popular authors Melanie Benjamin (Alice I Have Been, Delacorte), Tom Franklin (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Wm Morrow), Sena Jeter Naslund (Adam & Eve, Wm Morrow), Helen Simonson (Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Random House), and Lee Smith (Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, Algonquin Books). In a return engagement, Nashville Public Radio WPLN All Things Considered host Nina Cardona will emcee the panel-program. The “breakfast with authors” is an official part of the Southern Festival of Books. The event is co-sponsored by the Nashville Public Library and Davis-Kidd Nashville.
A full roster of WNBA chapter National Reading Group Month events is listed on this site. NRGM program information from partner NJ Library Association and its NRGM Task Force is also included. Updates will be posted to the WNBA National (www.wnba-books.org) and local-chapter Web sites, as well as NationalReadingGroupMonth.org and primary social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter (WNBA_National, WNBA_NRGM).
Official 2010 National Reading Group Month Sponsors include HarperCollins Publishers and its imprints Avon A, Harper Paperbacks, and Harper Perennial, Hyperion/Voice, Simon & Schuster, and Unbridled Books. NRGM has special partnerships with Book Group Buzz—A Booklist Blog, Reading Group Choices, and Reading Group Guides, as well as with the American Booksellers Association IndieBound program (“White Box” mailing).
Those publishers, companies, or individuals interested in becoming sponsors of National Reading Group Month 2011 should contact Jill A. Tardiff, National Reading Group Month chair at (201) 656-7220, or [email protected].
Visit National Reading Group Month www.NationalReadingGroupMonth.org,