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Friday, January 19, 2007

Move Over, Abby

Does your book group need some tweaking? Are there too many no-shows? Do some members talk too much, and others too little? Well, just ask Miss Paige Turner. She’ll have your group running smoothly in no time. (Thanks to the Waterboro Public Library blog for steering us to Miss Turner.)

However, if all you need is a few ideas for books your group can read, there are a number of resources on the Fairfax County Public Library’s Web site. Start with our list of book discussion kits that can be checked out from our branches. The kits contain 10 copies of the same book, plus discussion questions and information about the author. You can also get ideas from our book reviews and Web Sites for Readers. You’ll find links to everything from book awards to bestseller lists and the best in fantasy, horror, mystery, romance and other fiction genres.

Don’t belong to a book group? Well, this is a great season to join! Here are a few adult book discussions coming up in the next week. You don’t even need to have read the book on your first visit; just drop in and see if it’s a gathering you might regularly enjoy.

Centreville Regional Library
Monday, January 22, 10 a.m. Sully Book Club. Brookland by Emily Barton.
Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. Novel Society Book Discussion Group. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

Martha Washington Library
Monday, January 22, 7 p.m. Mystery Group. The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin.

Patrick Henry Library
Monday, January 22, 7:30 p.m. Book Discussion. Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez.
Thursday, January 25, 1 p.m. Book Discussion. White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

Sherwood Regional Library
Saturday, January 20, 10:30 a.m. Reading African Authors. Dr. Michele Simms-Burton discusses Amos Tutuola's The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Brush of Ghosts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sherwood Regional Library and the Black Authors Book Discussion Group.

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