About this group :
This is a group designed to bring book lovers together in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss fiction (and some non-fiction).
Who is in this group?
We have a very diverse membership that leads to great book selections and great discussions. Our members are of different ages and backgrounds.
How much does it cost to be in the group? It's free.
What do we read? We read primarily fiction (including science fiction and fantasy) but occasionally will read non-fiction as well. Based on input from the members, selections are made and posted on the calendar for future discussions. If you become a member, you will have input. The most important criteria of any selection is that the material lends itself well to discussion. While we often schedule meetings far ahead to help members plan readings and library visits, we will make every attempt to put a new recommendation on the schedule in the very near future.
When do we meet? For discussions, we meet twice per month to help to accommodate those who both like to come often and those who can only come once in a while. We will discuss well-reviewed and/or award-winning general fiction (short stories as well as classics)-- and occasionally non-fiction. We usually meet one Friday night per month and one Sunday morning per month.
Do I have to attend every time?
No. Come as often or as infrequently as you would like. This is about enjoying yourself.
Do I have to read the material? What if I don't finish the book?
All members are welcome as listeners, whether or not they are familiar with the material. The discussion floor is generally held open for those who have put the time and energy into reading the book. There is no cut off for what percentage of the book you need to have read to discuss it. While it does take away from discussion time to do plot recaps for those who didn't finish, if you've read enough to get an impression and feel you have something to add, you're welcome to participate in the discussion. We usually have time before and after the book discussion time for general conversation which everyone can enjoy.
How many people attend at each event? We get very heavy attendance. I usually limit the number of people who may attend each event to around 14.
What if I would like to attend and the event is full?
It is always a good idea to send me an e-mail and see if there may be an opening. Sometimes people who have rsvp'd yes end up not coming and a spot opens up. Priority is given, however, to those who have attended before. Don't forget about the waiting list!
Where do I get the books? Libraries and book stores (new and used) will carry the books we discuss. We generally pick paperbacks to keep costs down. The members are a wealth of information about where to buy reasonably priced books. If enough notice is given, we can arrange to share a book.
Do we always meet at Barnes & Noble on 90th St. and Shea?
Usually. This location works out very well because the manager sets up a large area in near the front of the store. If there is another convenient location that has merit and is in the Scottsdale or North Phoenix area, let me know.
Who leads the discussion? So far, I have been the discussion facilitator. While I'm certainly comfortable in this capacity, I am happy to share in this role. Anyone who would like to lead a discussion on a book is welcome to do so.
May I bring guests?
What if I need help with the reading material? Can I get discussion questions in advance? Discussion materials and study questions are available via google. However, please write to me if you need direction.
How do the RSVP's work?
You have the opportunity to RSVP "yes" or "no" for each event. If you RSVP yes but then cannot attend, please notify me by changing your rsvp or by e-mailing me. This will allow members to make a more accurate projection count. Out of fairness to the members, those who never attend but continually RSVP "yes" without further notification will be at risk of losing their membership. I rarely allow people to rsvp "maybe" simply because individuals tend to hedge their bets and use the "maybe" option so often that I can't get an accurate count of how many people are coming.
About the organizer:
It has been my privilege to facilitate this book group for the past two and and half years. When I get the chance, I also enjoy organizing and facilitating book discussions for pre-teens and special needs groups. I have a B.A. in English and Government as well as a background in writing and literary analysis. After receiving my law degree from George Washington University's National Law Center, I moved to New York where I practiced law (once upon a time, I used to be a public defender in Brooklyn) and taught college-level English and law classes. I am currently a special education/language arts teacher at a local high school and remain an inactive member of both the New York and Arizona Bar associations.
Why a book group? Book groups are a wonderful way to meet new people, get great book recommendations, and enjoy the lost art of conversation. Not only do book discussions provide self-education in that one learns about the reading material, but the group dynamic also adds a whole new layer of ideas and viewpoints.
"Those who judge must take all aspects of an individual's personality into account. It is only through literature that one can put oneself in someone else's shoes and understand the other's different and contradictory side and refrain from becoming too ruthless." -- Azar Nifisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
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