I’m thrilled that In Our Midst will be featured with three other wonderful novels selected as Great Group Reads at the Virtual BiblioFeast 2020, sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association–Charlotte and Park Road Books. I hope you can join the feast via Zoom on Monday, 19 October at 7:00 p.m. EST. It’s sure to be a compelling evening with short readings and a lively discussion. RSVP here to receive a direct link via email for BiblioFeast 2020.
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Thank you to the Women’s National Book Association for naming In Our Midst a selection for Great Group Reads 2020!
As I’ve said before and will no doubt say many times again, I love talking with reading groups, so perhaps the greatest thrill of having In Our Midst included on this list is that more reading groups will have a chance to discover the book and possibly choose it for discussion.
You can read the first chapter right here and see the reading group guide by clicking here. If your group chooses In Our Midst, I’d love to join you for a portion of your meeting via Zoom or Skype or whatever platform works for you. Please get in touch, and let’s see what we can work out!
Before joining me via Zoom for At Home with Literati, check out this interview with Michelle Dotter, my editor and publisher at Dzanc Books. On Monday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Michelle and I will be talking about the relevance of In Our Midst and the challenges of publishing in the tumult of current times. Please join us via Zoom at the Literati, the 2019 Indie Bookstore of the Year on Monday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
If you missed my conversation earlier this month with bestselling novelist Sena Jeter Naslund, you can still access the recording here, through the Carmichael’s Bookstore event page.
If you’d like to know a little about the writing of In Our Midst and how my original intentions for the novel connect to our present, turbulent times, read this brief interview.
Through July 31, 2020, you can also get a 20% discount on In Our Midst by ordering directly from my publisher, Dzanc Books. At checkout, add the code: INOURMIDST
Reviewer Janice Ottersberg says In Our Midst, “is a close look at America’s German internment camps, including how the government justified them and the lengths gone to in keeping them secret. In many ways, the conditions in the camps and the treatment of the prisoners can be compared to a Nazi prison camp or a Stalin Gulag. This cruel treatment often tested the American loyalty of prisoners, causing many to join the militant Nazi factions developing within the camps. The Aust men tread a line between compliance with the camp rules and avoiding the bullying Nazi followers in order to survive.”
I’d love to join in conversation with any book club that adopts In Our Midst.
Contact me if you’d like me to join your book group discussion.