Monday, September 10, 2007

Away, by Amy Bloom on Writers Revealed Virtual Book Club

So far so good! A few weeks ago I talked about Writers Revealed and a number of great WR related programs and events, so I wanted to do a short follow up.

Writers Revealed is a live weekly podcast hosted by Felicia Sullivan that promotes new books and authors. I’ve listened to several of the podcasts, which are aired live on Sundays or can be downloaded from the Writers Revealed website. All of the discussions have been interesting and entertaining.

This upcoming Sunday, WR will be speaking with Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writer’s Homes in New England, which I am dying to read.

Writers Revealed also launched a Virtual Book Club. Each month the WR VBC hosts a live chat with the author of a newly released book. By registering for a selection – and they are offered individually, so you only sign up to read and discuss the books you want to – the Writers Revealed Virtual Book Club sends you a free copy of the book.

Today, I received my copy of Amy Bloom’s Away in the mail. The NYTBR wrote up a great review on this book, so I am very excited about reading it. The VBC chat is scheduled for October 28th so I have plenty of time to finish what I’m reading now and jump right in. I'll get instructions on how to call in to the discussion as we get closer to the date.

The VBC site still shows spots open for the Amy Bloom book discussion – I’m not sure if it’s current or not, but if you’d be interested in participating in this or any of the future discussions, check it out!


Patti said...

oh thank goodness...i peeked through my fingers covering my eyes and saw that the entry sex has been downgraded...oh thank goodness.

Lisa said...

You're too funny!!!

Bernice L. McFadden said...

Hello Lisa - thank you for visiting as well! Glad you enjoyed the opening lines.


Carleen Brice said...

Free books? I'm there! thanks!

smallspiralnotebook said...

You are so utterly supportive. THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!
Cheers, Felicia

Larramie said...

Although my calendar is booked for October 28th, I was able to get Away with a terrific 46% discount from Barnes and Noble. That's "almost" free and I'll be able to listen to the podcast!

Lisa said...

Bernice, I enjoyed them very much. I hope to see more!

Carleen, what could be better than free books and a chance to discuss them with the authors?

Felicia, thank YOU! Between your day job, getting ready for your book release and all the things that you do, I don't know how you manage. You are awesome!

Larramie, we'll have to have our own book discussion after we've read it! Reading Away so soon after The Yiddish Policemen's Union makes me suspect I'm on a theme!

Charles Gramlich said...

My fiction reading habits are so eclectic and often spontaneous that I've never been able to join a book club. I've considered it at times but I always hated "assigned" readings in school and I'm afraid a book club might start to feel like that to me after a while.

Ello said...

Oh I wanted to read Away, I'll wait and see what you think of it!

By the way, did you see Nathan Bransford's first lines contest? It's open til tomorrow but he is already up to 200 entries!

Lisa said...

Charles, that's the beauty of the Writers Revealed Virtual Book Club. They post a list of books and upcoming discussions and if one of them looks interesting, you just get added to the one discussion on the one book -- they send you the book and you get to participate in a conference call with the author and the rest of the group and that's it. No further obligation. I think it's perfect!

Ello, Larramie has it too and I think Amy at the Writer's Group bought it recently. I'll let you know what I think of it. I haven't visited Nathan Bransford's in a while, but I'm due. I'll go check it out. Thanks!

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