I’m was so excited when Elisabeth emailed me and told me she’d be happy to answer these questions. I think I’m telling my husband we have to move so I can be in Elisabeth’s book club. This may require some plotting…
Also, I CANNOT get enough of these interviews. I’m addicted. So if you’d like your book club to be featured, just email me at trish(at)heylady(dot)net.
How long has your book club been in existence?
We have been in existence for 14 years.
Does your book club have a name?
Our name is The Lit Chicks. (I love this name. Can I borrow it?)
How many people are in your book club?
We currently have 9 members but have had as many as 13.
Is your book club open to new members? How do new members end up in your book club?
We are open to new members, although we like the group as is. New members are brought in by current members who know the person who would like to join.
When do you meet? Is it a set day every month, or do you work it out so it’s on a different day but convenient for everyone?
We try to meet on the third Wednesday of every month. We are flexible though, so if that day does not work for us, we will switch.
What kind of books do you read?
We mainly read fiction, but always read one classic a year. We also occasionally dabble in non fiction.
How do you choose books?
Books are chosen once a year at our January or February meeting. We bring suggestions to the meeting, and also choose books from our annual holiday book grab bag.( Every December when we go out to a restaurant for our meeting, every member brings a gift wrapped paperback book. The books go in the center of the table and everyone picks.) The books we want to read, has to be agreed upon by all and not read by anyone.
Which book generated the best discussion?
The books that garner the best discussions are usually the ones where we are divided on whether we liked or disliked the book. We have a lot of good discussions but one of our best ones was The Thirteenth Tale. Our most recent book that generated a good discussion was The Year of the Fog.
Do you invite authors to join your discussion when you discuss their book? How do you handle having the author in on your discussion if some or all of the members didn’t absolutely love the book?
Never had an author come to a meeting, although we do have a member who has published.
Do you have one person who moderates the discussion?
We are a very informal group and have no one person who leads us, although technically I am our “leader”, since I started the group.
Have you ever had a professional moderator moderate one of your meetings?
Nope, never hired anyone.
How long does the discussion last?
The length of the discussion varies. Books where we are divided tend to be longer. We also digress from our talks and then return later to revisit.
Do you eat food at your book club meeting?
There is always food and drink. Very important!!!
How do you decide where the meeting will be held?
Every member hosts for one meeting. We always go out for our holiday meeting in December. We have just recently downsized to nine, we have one open month and we will be meeting at Panera’s. Next year, we will have to decide what to do about that extra third month.
Is there anything else about your book club you’d like to share?
We are not only a book group but friends. We do movie nights where we have read the book and then we meet on a Friday to watch the movie. This is in addition to our regular meetings. Best of all though is we love to go away on trips. We try and go in the fall and the spring. Our fall trip this year is to to Saratoga, New York. Our last trip was to Mystic, Connecticut. We have a blast!!! We laugh and laugh and talk about everything from soup to nuts, shop, play games and of course eat out!
Since I love Elisabeth’s book club name, I’m wondering if your book club has a name? Mine doesn’t, and I’d love to hear yours and/or cool names for book clubs! For a while our book club was called Gin and Phonics, but I just didn’t *love* it.
Leslie, my friend from high school
Ti from Book Chatter and her Valencia Library Book Group
Kelly from Yannabe and her OPRA Book Club
Heather from A Lifetime of Books and her book club Storie delle Sorrelle
Helen from Helen’s Book Blog and her TWO book clubs