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Monday, December 5, 2011

Book Club Social by BookMarks at Forsyth Central Library

BookMarks Book Club Social
Thursday, December 8th, 
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Forsyth Public County Library Winston Salem, NC
600 West 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC

I was in a book club a few years ago. It lasted for almost three years until member by member, we all started having babies and time for reading was suddenly scarce, but the need to enjoy time with friends was even more important, so it evolved into "wine club". My favorite book selection was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, but it was also my least favorite for it's shocking violence towards children. The book haunted me and evokes mixed emotions even today, its redeeming attributes are that I learned much and became deeply involved with characters that were so unlike me. 

I miss book club. Through it, I read so many books I would not have chosen myself. Because of this, I learned a lot and we shared great, diverse discussions. 

BOOKMARKS is having a Book Club Social on Thursday, December 8th, from 4:00-5:30pm in the Auditorium of Forsyth County Public Library in downtown Winston-Salem. The Book Club Social is free to the public, and all are welcome to attend. However, those interested in attending should register ahead of time The program will be aimed at those currently involved in book clubs, as well as anyone either looking to join a club or wanting to start one.

“Book clubs connect people. They are diverse groups of people coming together for the most passionate discussions and disagreements about literature and life,” Book Club Social organizer Jamie Rogers Southern said. “The value of cheap and fun entertainment continues to rise, especially during tough economic times. There are more people involved in book clubs now than ever, and I only expect that number to go up.”

BOOKMARKS has many opportunities for book clubs that will be discussed throughout the Social, including the new “Sponsor an Author” program. Attendees are eligible to win a variety of prizes, including tickets to BOOKMARKS’ upcoming “Conversations with Kim Edwards” event on January 19.

Algonquin, the publishing house that produced the #1 bestsellers Water for Elephants and A Reliable Wife, and book club favorites like Hillary Jordan’s Mudbound, Heidi Durrow’s The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, and Lee Smith’s The Last Girls, will be on hand to talk about their next big book club hit. The Book Club Social will conclude with the drawing of one lucky winner who will receive $150 worth of books from Algonquin’s catalog.

Local authors Jo Maeder and Rachel Keener will discuss their books with attendees and will be on site to set up private conversations with book groups.  Jo Maeder is the author of the memoir When I Married My Mother. Maya Angelou said, “This book is important to every mother and daughter, and to every woman who wants to be one.” Maeder’s essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News, and More Magazine, and as a DJ, she is renowned from her years on South Florida’s Y-100 and I-95, and New York’s WKTU, K-ROCK, and Z100. She holds a B.S. in Communications from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Keener is the author of The Killing Tree and The Memory Thief. Both novels are inspired, in part, by her Appalachian heritage. A graduate of Carson-Newman College, Keener moved to North Carolina to attend law school at Wake Forest University. It was there, during an intense law class, that she began writing The Killing Tree. By the time she completed law school she had more than a degree, she had a manuscript as well. Following the release of The Killing Tree, Keener completed her second novel, The Memory Thief. Today, she calls the Winston-Salem area home.

Enter to win books and tickets to upcoming special events while you're there. Don't miss this special FREE event and tell all your friends!

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