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BookBrowse is a thriving and growing community of booklovers. Each week BookBrowse receives hundreds of book reviews, feedback messages, ideas and other information from its visitors.

Out of this feedback came the opportunity - and idea - to further encourage and support this community by publishing interviews with book club. These interviews are packed with useful information, insights - and are just plain fun to read!

Below is our historical archive. We hope you enjoy these Q&As with these fascinating booklovers - just like you!

Librarian Marika Zemke of the Pre-Pub Book Club shares her unique model for a book club - one that, among other things, educates its members on how and why books get published.
A discussion with Beth Redford, librarian at the Richmond Elementary School and leader of The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Book Club, based in Richmond, Vermont.
A discussion with Sharry Wright, leader of The Feisty Readers Mother Daughter Book Club, based in San Francisco, California.
A discussion with Sharon Lucas, founding member and President of The Reading Divas, a book club in Bowie, Maryland which also holds an annual literary event, "The Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend".
Cindy Alt, founder of Agape Plastics, began a book club in her workplace 3 years ago in an effort to balance the physical extra curricular activities that already take place there. The result has been a dynamic group of women - plus one brave man! - who find much meaning in discussing books and learning about each other outside of their usual "work" personas.
An interview with Novels & Nightcaps - a monthly book club of eight women, based near Death Valley, who are all affiliated with the US Navy.
Susie Thurman, of Outlook Book Group, a fifteen-member, all women group based in Henderson, KY, founded in 1922. shares the unusual way their group runs; and reveals a secret that she surprised the group with earlier this year! (Hint: Just who is this woman to the left?)
Meet the Novel Ideas book club of Chicago, who take food as seriously as discussion, combining good literature with ethnic dining. Discover the books they've enjoyed, and the ones they haven't; and the types of restaurants that have proved conducive to discussion and those that haven't!
An interview with the Foster Book Group of Rhode Island, a rural community of about 4,000. However, the very things that make their town special can cause a feeling of isolation and so their book group grew out of the desire to have social and intellectual interactions - but it has bloomed into something so much more...
Bound To Be Read Books is an independent bookstore in East Atlanta Village, Georgia. BookBrowse caught up with owner Jeff McCord to talk about the store's many book clubs – including their infamous Scandalous Book Club.
The South Austin Spiritual BookGroup is about openness. They are independent thinkers and self-proclaimed drop-outs from various belief systems. Their spiritual non-fiction book discussions are lively and passionate. This group fills a need in the community.
An interview with the FRESH Ladies, a group of ten women ranging in age from fifties to ninety-five. With a diverse age range, a wide variety of professions and interests, and a common thread of respect and friendship, this book club hasn't had a dull moment in 8 years! And it's still going strong...
In an effort to connect libraries to the reading community at large, in July 2007, the Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, Arizona began a monthly, librarian-facilitated book group. Lesley Marshall, who heads the program, tells BookBrowse a bit about it...
Has your book club been thinking of reading more nonfiction books, or had trouble finding nonfiction titles that generate good discussions? If so, you'll find this month's interview with a book club that reads almost exclusively nonfiction fascinating, and their annotated suggestion list of more than 30 nonfiction titles invaluable!
What do you do when the cops interrupt a perfectly good book club meeting? Johnna Puttoff of The Sisterhood - a 13-year-old book group based in Frankfort, Kentucky - explains.
The Milpitas Library Book Group in Northern California has been going strong since 1999. BookBrowse spoke with librarian Terye Balogh, who has been instrumental in bringing a wide range of authors to visit. She shares some excellent advice about how to bring authors to your group, manage large discussions, and keep your group engaged.
Meet the Muse & Views book club of Ottawa, Canada - a group of ten women who meet monthly for good conversation about a wide range of books.
Lesley Fitzpatrick and Maggie Thompson, co-founders of the History Book Group in San Diego, CA., join us to talk about their approach to history, and offer up some great advice and selections.
The 3 Rs Book Club - Retired, Relaxed and Reading - based in Tallahassee, Florida, joins us to discuss how these retired educators keep their meetings explosively fun: literature-inspired treats, historical presentations... even bringing a live grenade to a meeting!
The Boys Book Club - aka the "BBC" - based out of San Diego, California, is made up entirely of men between the ages of 45 and 60 and has been meeting monthly for over two years. Dave Schumacher, one of the group's eight members, tells BookBrowse a bit about the club and what makes them so successful.
The Reading Rock Book Club in Dickson, TN, celebrates two years together this month. Laura Hill, owner of Reading Rock Books, joins us to talk about her group.
Derek McIver, co-founder of The Boston Gay Men's Book Club, advises that choosing the right books and using social media are key to starting a new reading group. With a wide-ranging list of books from their first year as a group, Derek offers great advice for discussion and, in particular, how to approach graphic novels if you're unfamiliar with the genre.
Rosemary Toland, one of the sixteen members of the San Antonio based book club Las Revistas, discusses how they've kept the discussion flowing over 25 years and more than 200 books!
Donna Delacy has been running book groups across the US since 1968, from Dallas to Birmingham, Manhattan to Los Angeles. She joins us to share over 40 years of book club memories, advice, and inspiration.
Jeff Kamin runs the Minneapolis based Books & Bars book club which regularly attracts over 90 people to a meeting, about 40% of whom are men. Find out more about Jeff's unique concept for a book club...
Kate Mitrovich runs a thematic book discussion group at the Lincoln Township Library in Stevensville, MI. The group is inspired by the ALA's "Let's Talk About It" book discussion model.
Barb Watkins recently moved to Michigan, leaving behind her book club of eight years. However, it wasn't long before she formed a new book club! In this interview she chats with BookBrowse about her current book club and the mother-daughter club she started with her 4th grade daughter.
In honor of Poetry Month, BookBrowse chats with Stephanie Walker who runs The Living Poets Society Poetry Bookclub at Boulder Bookstore, in Boulder, CO. She offers great advice about how incorporating poetry into your own book club can open up a whole new avenue for rich discussion and reflection.
Eileen Burgess joins us to talk about her Great Expectations Book Club. She's an original member of the group that started 15 years ago, in Mississauga, Ontario.
Interested in starting up a new book club, or just looking to jazz up your existing group? Check out our interview with the founder of Chick Lit for some inspiration and great organizational ideas!
After 15 years, Ron Longe's book club recently transformed their traditional meetings into literary events with the author. They create themed menus and invite other book clubs, publishing professionals, and friends to make it a memorable night of fun, networking, and serious discussion.
Carrin Mahmood of Mahtomedi, Minnesota joins us to talk about her book club. After getting off to a slow start, she and the ladies of "Chapter Chat" have now been sharing their reading experiences for eight years. In this interview she reveals the 'it' factor that made the club a success.
How do you meet with your book club when your members are scattered across the country? Ann Kramer shares her story and tips for meeting online via web conferencing, no matter where your friends live!
Judy Mathwin joins us to talk about her Book Swap book club. Instead of the traditional one-book discussion, members share and swap favorite books over potluck salads.
Anne Minton joins us to talk about The Daughters of Abraham book clubs made up of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women who want to deepen their knowledge of their own and one another's faiths through reading fiction and nonfiction together.
Connie Byrnes joins us to talk about the book club she founded four years ago in Southern California - the SoCal Book Babes.
Erica Schwartz joins us to chat about her 17-year-old Manhattan-based book club, "The Nights at the Round Table."
Kate McClelland of Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, joins us to discuss the library's "Young Critics" book club. In the 25 years since the club started it has gone from strength to strength, not only inspiring generations of children but providing a valuable resource for publishers looking for feedback on their books.
Lynda East joins us to chat about her book club that has been meeting in a Borders bookstore in Springfield, Pennsylvania since the late 1980s.
Karen LeClerc joins us to chat about her book club, the Read and Feed Tome-Head Society of Troy, Illinois, which enjoys a very relaxed book club atmosphere, picking their books just one month ahead and happily going off topic to discuss issues of importance.
Carol Peters, founding member of the Literary Goddesses of Mendham, joins us to discuss her book club, that met through the local library and enjoys a wide range of books and activities together.
BookBrowse chats with Ann Kent, founder of book group expo, an event now entering its third year that brings 1500 book club members together for a weekend of books, authors, conversation, wine and chocolate!
Judy Gareis, BookBrowse member and member of the "Wine Not Read" book club of Indianapolis, IN joins us to chat about how their group has developed a cohesive group that values both their book discussion and their social time after only one year together.
This month Jamie Malley of the Allen County Public Library in Scottsville, Kentucky joins us to talk about the challenges and joys of running a library-sponsored bookclub.
This month, Dottie MacKeen, leader of a book club sponsored by the Thoreau Health Club of Concord, MA, shares with us the tips and tricks that keep this 50-member group happily reading, and exercising, together!
This month, Mary of the ELCAN book club shares with us the logistical challenges and many benefits of a corporate book club.
This month, Melissa Hunt joins us to chat about her book club, the "Tortoises and the Hares" - an interstate, multi-generational club who've found a novel way to keep both slow and fast readers happy in the same group!
Meet The Secret Bookers, a three-generational book club who've discovered that good food and good conversation, plus occasional telephone chats with authors, makes for a winning formula that's kept their book club fresh for more than 4 years!
This month we feature four book clubs, linked because one avid reader, and BookBrowse subscriber, Judy Krueger is a member of all four! If you’ve ever wondered what sort of book club would be right for you, you’ll find much of interest in this month’s interview.
Looking for Inspiration and Ideas for Your Book Club? Jane Haase, founder of the "Bookaholics" of Kentucky, shares a wealth of ideas on how to keep a book club fresh month after month
Would you be interested in being interviewed for this feature? If so, please contact us with brief details about your club. It is very helpful if you include both a contact email and a telephone number.
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