10 Tips to Help You Start a Book Club

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Dawn Papandrea on Nov 10, 2011 at 4:12PM

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10 Tips to Help You Start a Book Club

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Invite the right mix of friends

“Look around your existing circle of friends and decide who you most want to spend time with,” advises Jennifer Basye Sander , a former Random House editor, a New York Times bestselling author, and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published. “Make sure that the members all enjoy each other’s company, as this is a group that might sometimes break out into loud discussion on topics not everyone agrees on. There needs to be camaraderie all around.” Keep in mind that there are many different kinds of readers, says Barbara Desmarais of Vancouver, BC, who started a book club 10 years ago with five friends -- and it's still going strong. “If, for example, you pick a good friend who is an avid reader and is very analytical, that person will not mix well with someone who truly reads just for pleasure and will not be interested in finding all the metaphors, or turning book club nights into an English literature class.”

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