Just in case you missed the feature article in the Chicago Sun Times last week about area book clubs for mothers and daughters, here’s the scoop:
Two local authors, Pamela Todd and Stephanie Kuehnert, were mentioned as authors who have spoken to these groups. Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park are blessed with a plethora of published writers, many of whom publish children’s and young adult fiction. Todd’s book, Blind Faith Motel, is about a young teen grappling with finding her place after her parents separate and she moves with her siblngs and mother to a new community. Kuehert’s novel, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, is for older teens and explores growing up punk.
I love this idea. Not only the opportunity to read and discuss the same book and gain the understanding and insight that comes with it, but the chance to talk to a real author. What a powerful way to encourage reading, writing and critical thinking.
I am inviting local authors who would be open to appearing to local book groups to contact me. And I’d like to hear from local book groups, whether you are mother-daughter or adults only. I’m interested in how long you have been meeting, the types of books you read and what keeps you coming together to talk about books.