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Celebrating 11 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 2021? Email Alice at alice@aliceosborn.com All of our spots are now filled through 2020, but if you'd like to be considered for 2021 please email Alice your interest and a link to your author website as well as industry reviews as well as Amazon/Goodreads reviews.

2019-2020 Schedule

January 25 Denise Heinze, Sally St. Johns (novel)

February 22 Jinny Batterson, Where the Great Wall Ends: A China Memoir

March 29 Steve Mitchell, Cloud Diary, a novel

April 26 Barbara Claypole White, The Promise Between Us, a novel

May 31 Debbie Moose, Carolina Catch, a cookbook

June 28 David Ira Wood III, The Russian Galatea (novel)

July 26 Michele Tracy Berger, Reenu-You (novel)

Aug 30 Robert O’Connell, Flash Mob (novel)

Sept 27 Ralph Webster, One More Moon (novel)

Oct 25 Philip Gerard, Cape Fear Rising (celebrate the book’s 20th Anniversary)

Nov 15 Leslie Tall Manning, I am Elephant, I am Butterfly (novel)

Dec 6 Open House and Wrapped Book Exchange

Jan 31 AJ Mayhew, Tomorrow’s Bread (novel)

Feb 28 Marianna Crane, Stories from the Tenth Floor Clinic (memoir)

March 27 Jason Miller, “Langston Hughes” in the Critical Lives series distributed in the U.S. by the University of Chicago Press.

April 24 Adopting Grace, Tricia Wilson

May 29 Jorge Cortese, The Watchtowers

June NO BOOK—Enjoy the month off!

July 31 Iris Yang (Qing Yang), Will of a Tiger

Aug 28 Val Nieman To the Bones

Sept 25 Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds

Oct 30 Joanna Evans, Sinai Unhinged

Nov 13 Discover a Classic: Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Dec 4 Open House Wrapped Book Exchange

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Meet Steve Mitchell, author of Cloud Diary, a novel at Wonderland Book Club

Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Meet Steve Mitchell, author of Cloud Diary, a novel Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, March 29, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Following Book Club, we'll gather for lunch at Vivace at North Hills. RSVP HERE: http://meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub About the Novel: In the world lovers create for themselves, it's the simple images and quiet gestures that linger in memory. A silent moment together on a bench, a hand loose upon a table, a voice carried across a crowded room. Doug is quiet and aimless when he meets Sophie, an extravagant, excitable artist. They live together on box wine, ramen and peanut butter until their world is fractured by violence. Eight years later, they rediscover each other as Sophie approaches a startling decision. CLOUD DIARY is Doug's story about Sophie and the shattering, transformative nature of intimacy. In considering the ways our histories can both scar and rescue us, it reminds us that the past is never simply the past. About the Author: Steve Mitchell's fiction has been published in December, Southeast Review, and Contrary, among others. His short story collection, The Naming of Ghosts, is published by Press 53. He's co-owner of Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC.

Meet Barbara Claypole White, author of The Promise Between Us

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Join us at Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network: Meet Barbara Claypole White, author of The Promise Between Us, a novel Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, April 26, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Following Book Club, we'll gather for lunch at Vivace at North Hills. RSVP HERE: http://meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub ABOUT THE BOOK Metal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, her newborn daughter. Over time she’s come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art. Despite longing for Maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind—to change her name and never return. But when she and Maisie accidentally reunite, Katie can’t ignore the familiarity of her child’s compulsive behavior. Worse, Maisie worries obsessively about bad things happening to her pregnant stepmom. Katie has the power to help, but can she reconnect with the family she abandoned? To protect Maisie, Katie must face the fears that drove her from home, accept the possibility of love, and risk exposing her heart-wrenching secret. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Originally from England, she writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina, where she lives with her beloved OCD family. Her previous novels include The Unfinished Garden, The In-Between Hour, The Perfect Son, and Echoes of Family. She is also an OCD Advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity. To connect with Barbara, please visit www.barbaraclaypolewhite.com or follow her on Facebook. She’s always on Facebook.

Meet Debbie Moose, author of Carolina Catch, a cookbook at Wonderland Book Club

Join us at Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network: Meet Debbie Moose, Carolina Catch, a cookbook Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, May 31, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Following Book Club, we'll gather for lunch at Vivace at North Hills. RSVP HERE: http://meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub ABOUT THE BOOK Early in life, North Carolinian Debbie Moose encountered fish primarily in stick form, but once she experienced her first raw oyster and first fried soft-shell crab, their pure flavors switched her on to shellfish and fish forever. Moose has now written the cookbook that unlocks for everyone the fresh tastes of North Carolina grilled tuna, steamed shrimp, pan-seared mountain trout, fried catfish, and baked littleneck clams, to name just a few of the culinary treasures sourced from the waters of a state that stretches from the mountains to the sea. In ninety-six dishes, Moose shows how to prepare North Carolina fish and shellfish—freshwater, saltwater, wild-caught, and farmed—in both classic southern and inventive, contemporary ways. The book's Best Basics section provides a much needed one-stop resource for confident selection, preparation, and storage, and the Think Seasonal section offers a comprehensive list with descriptions and peak availability of North Carolina fish and shellfish. Recipes include suggestions for appropriate alternate fish or shellfish—the idea is to try new varieties in season and support local fisheries. And, as Moose explains, dock-to-door services and local seafood organizations are making sourcing easier for home cooks. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Cookbook author, editor, freelance writer and award-winning essayist Debbie Moose takes an omnivorous approach to life - try at least one bite of everything. She started out with a journalism degree and a love of newsrooms, but discovered that food writing could touch on all aspects of life and offer the greatest opportunity to bring people together. The only thing people like as much as eating food is talking about it – no doubt about that. Debbie was born and raised in North Carolina. Throughout her writing career, she has enjoyed discovering the state’s wonderful food, great cooks and traditions. She brings her knowledge of and passion for the Tar Heel State to others, with a large dollop of humor. http://www.debbiemoose.com/

Meet Ira David Wood III, author of The Russian Galatea at Wonderland Book Club

Join us at Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network: Meet Ira David Wood III, author of The Russian Galatea Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, June 28, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Following Book Club, we'll gather for lunch at Vivace at North Hills. RSVP HERE: http://meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub ABOUT THE BOOK: On July 16, 1918, Nicholas Romanov, the last Tsar of Russia, and his entire family were supposedly murdered by Russian Bolsheviks in the basement of a house in Yekaterinburg, Siberia. One year later, Alexander Kolchak, the Supreme Commander of the White Army, appointed a legal investigator to prove, beyond any doubt, that all members of the Romanov family had indeed been executed. The investigator's name was Nicholas Sokolov. The Russian Galatea is a story based on Sokolov's investigation. It takes place in Siberia, 1919 - with the Russian Revolution as its background. The major thesis is fiction but woven around true historical facts. It is a detective story about one courageous investigator's obsession with finding out what really happened to Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family. It is also a story about Sokolov's deep relationship with the girl in a faded photograph. Is she alive or dead? ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ira David Wood III is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright. He is the founder and current Executive Director of Theatre in the Park, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the proud father of three children: Ira David Wood IV, Evan Rachel Wood, and Thomas Miller Wood. He and his wife, Ashley, remain proud to call North Carolina "home."

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Meet Jinny Batterson, author of WHERE THE GREAT WALL ENDS

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