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.
In Our Midst will be released on April 28, 2020, but you can read the first chapter right now! Go ahead and have look at the Reading Group Guide, too.
You can pre-order In Our Midst from the publisher, Dzanc Books, from any of the links on my site’s home page, or from your favorite independent bookstore via IndieBound.
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.
I would also be delighted to talk with any group that might be interested in adopting The Sisters. Just click to read the first chapter of The Sisters and get the reading group guide.