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.

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Helen Kossler

Helen Kossler loves reading aloud to her grandchildren and is not ashamed to admit that she almost always likes the book better than the movie. She has been buying, borrowing, begging and stealing (well—not...

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