Of all the things I do to share my work and engage with readers–book festivals, readings, talks, interviews, guest-blogging–the one I most enjoy is visiting with reading groups. Since the release of The Sisters, I’ve met with close to a hundred reading groups across the country, both in person, via Skype, and even a few times by speaker phone.
You’d think that after engaging with so many groups, ranging in size from three or four to more than fifty, I would instantly be able to list the most-frequently asked questions, but the joyful wonder of this experience for me has been that questions are almost never duplicated from one group to another. Even similar questions are reshaped by the concerns of the individual reader, the values of the group, and the developing conversation. Your ever-fresh perspectives keep me on my toes!
If you are part of a reading group, small or large–whether you have come together as friends, neighbors, co-workers, or through the sponsorship of a library, a bookstore, a school or university–I’d love to find a way to join you in a Q&A.
If your reading group decides to adopt In Our Midst and you’d like for me to join you, please contact me, and, if you’re outside my local area, we’ll figure out which technology will best bring us together.