What we're about
Celebrating 10 years, Wonderland Book Club has always been about getting members to read books they wouldn’t normally read. And more recently, Wonderland features the actual authors of the books we’re reading each month. We’re a very warm, accepting group—you don’t need to be a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network to join, nor do you need to be working on your next novel. But I think the number one reason we’re growing is because we’re easy to join and easy to find on the Internet. Through a web connection and a physical event, Meetup brings folks together who share a common interest. In fact, if I hadn’t made Wonderland a Meetup group nine years ago, we’d be long gone by now. Most book clubs that aren’t library or bookstore-related form from friendships, neighborhoods or clubs—there’s no county-wide book club directory and you need to be “in the know” to be invited. That’s what’s so neat about Wonderland Book Club: newcomers to the Triangle love it, it’s free and there’s no special code or association to join the fun!
So what do our guest authors discuss for two hours from 10 a.m. to noon? Usually the first hour is taken up with the book discussion, the author reads a few passages and then in the last hour the floor is opened for the story behind the book. How was this book published and marketed? How long did the author take to write the book? Did the plot or characters come first? And the questions continue when we take the author to lunch.
Want to join? It’s easy! Sign up as a free member at http://meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub so you know the details of our next meeting. We typically meet the last Friday of every month from 10 am to noon at the Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh, NC 27609. And if you don’t sign up beforehand, we want you to come anyway. I promise you our veteran members don’t bite and we love seeing new folks.
Published authors! Interested in being our guest in 2019? Email Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org. All of our spots are now filled for 2018, but if you'd like to be considered for 2019 please email Alice your interest and a link to your author website as well as industry reviews as well as Amazon/Goodreads reviews.
April 27 Ralph Webster, Smile in One Eye/Tear in the Other (memoir)
May 25 Christine Simolke, Children of Italy (novel)
June 22 Shaun Assael, The Murder Of Sonny Liston (nonfiction)
July NO BOOK—Enjoy the month off!
August 31 Dori Ann Dupre, Scout's Honor (novel)
September 28 Nancy Young, Sensing Things (novel)
October 26 Lucetta Zaytoun, It’s Already Tomorrow Here (memoir)
November 16 Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (novel)
December 7 NO author book, Holiday Open House, the Great Wrapped Book Exchange
January 25 2019 Denise Heinze, Sally St. Johns