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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Thursday, February 21, 2019

-why I love book clubs


                                         WHY I LOVE BOOK CLUBS

I belong to two book clubs. The first one I joined was in the fall of 2006. It was a new book club started by Carol Baker, the local librarian and we met in a cafe with lunches and antiques and crafts for sale. It was called the Brew Basket. I think the first book picked was To Kill a Mocking bird, but I didn't keep a record then.

Eventually, Carol couldn't be with us because government funding for the library was cut back. She still had another book club at the library where she worked. We met there every third Thursday for several years until the Brew Basket went out of business. Then we went to several other restaurants for awhile and finally ended up at Roby Lee's, a larger restaurant where we had more room and where we still meet at 11:00 a.m. the Third Thursday of each month except wen one of our members has us meeting up at her cottage on Lake Erie in July.

Just one of the book shelves in my whole house.
Then in December we meet at my house and each of our members comes with two or three books to pick from for the following year for January to November. The extra books are added to a list for anyone to read after they've read that month's book. We have a pot luck meal at my house, too.

When we meet at Roby Lee's we discuss the book of the month and then some of us stay for lunch. Some order take-out, or some like me order the meal for takeout, but stay there to eat from the salad bar which is really good and includes soup, dessert and delicious small slices of white pizza. Carol Baker is retired now and has joined us again. The waitresses who take care of us always bring coffee or tea and fresh baked bread with butter to nibble on while we're discussing the book or talking about what has gone on in our lives since the last time we met.

The other book club I joined was the Red Read Robin book club. It was started in February 2008 on the last Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. It's a larger book club with over half of the members related to each other and at least half of them go to the same Sunday Mass I go to and we sit together. With that one it's held in different member's homes or if they don't have room in their homes they choose a restaurant to meet in. If it's at someone's home they prepare and evening dinner for us. One of my friends who is a member has a small home and a husband with a disability so she always chooses a restaurant when it's her month to have the book club. This book club always serves wine with the meal, too.

The first book chosen for that book club was also To Kill a Mockingbird. Only three members have dropped out not because they didn't like us, but because they were too busy like Erin, who is a teacher and has two little children. Her husband is also a teacher and both of them have lots of papers to grade. Two of our members live close to fifty miles away so don't come quite as often and when it's their turn to have book club they have it on Saturday afternoon so we don't have to come home after dark and we tend to car pool, too.

My love of belonging to book clubs has so many positive aspects. First, it's interesting to hear everyone's opinions of a book you've just read. Some really liked it. Some had a few complaints and then there's one member who often hated the book which is kind of upsetting for the hostess of the book club that night who picked the book. (That member has dropped out now.)

Second, it's fun to be with fellow book lovers, who have become my friends over the years I've belonged to both book clubs.

Third, I'm introduced to books I might never have heard of or particularly wanted to read. I'm a big mystery fan and read more mysteries than anything else, but it's good for everyone to read other books, too. There have only been a few over the years that I didn't like, but that is because the person who picked the book didn't bother to read it first, too. I often pick a good mystery or a book I'd read in the other book club and enjoyed.

Today I will be at my Third Thursday's Book Club at Roby Lee's discussing the book Little Fires Everywhere, bu Celeste Ng. It's a book that will have a lot about it to discuss.

Do you belong to a book club?

If not, would you like to belong to one?


KM Rockwood said...

I belong to a mystery book club, and I love it. It encourages me to read mystery and crime novels I might never have selected on my own.

We meet once a month, and whoever is hosting serves food related to the story. Sometimes that can present a problem. When I chose one of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael stories, I had to update the foods a bit. Oatcakes and mead, anyone?

We also go on fun field trips. After reading a Dick Francis novel, we went to a racetrack. March's book is Murder in the Library of Congress, and we are taking a trip there.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Sounds like a fun group, Kathleen! I'm in an on-line crime writers book club which pushes me to read outside my favorite subgenres. I've enjoyed Mystic River, the Poet, Winter and Night, Iron Lake, and a Brother Cadfael.

Great blog, Gloria. I always enjoy reading about your book club selections.

Gloria Alden said...

KM I'd love to belong to a mystery book club. Being a horse lover, I read all of Dick Francis'es books, too. Both of my book clubs meet once a month, too.

Margaret, I love the Brother Cadfael series. I think I've read all of them unless the author has come out with some new ones since I read the last one some months ago. Right now I'm reading a book chosen by my Red Read Robin book club which isn't a mystery. It's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I'm not very far into it yet. Upstairs I'm reading A Walk for Sunshine a non-fiction book by Jeff Alt who walked the whole Appalachian Trail. My sister Suzanne gave that to me because my other sister and I walked sections of the Appalachian Trail. I'm finding it very interesting especially when he hits places we walked. Of course, we didn't walk very much of it.
He covered more than 2000 miles of walking it from Georgia to Maine.

Warren Bull said...

It sounds like fun. I'd like to be in a serious group. the one I know about wanders off into other topics.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, we're not always serious. we tell jokes, too, and laugh about things. Today I went to the meeting of my Third Thursday Book Club and we discussed the book we had all just read and it was interesting to hear all the different comments about the book - what we liked, what we didn't like and what characters we liked and those we didn't like as well as discussing the author. We spent over an hour discussing the book while we ate some snacks, drank coffee or tea as well as water with lemons in it. that were brought to the table by a waitress. This club meets at Roby Lee (and yes, it's Roby Lee) After it was over I took the book back to the library.