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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

BBF: The Book Club Toolkit (part 4)

This is the 4th post in a series about The Book Club Toolkit panel I'm moderating at the Baltimore Book Festival on 9/26 @ noon. You can read the first post here, the second here, and the third here.

The Giveaways

Thanks to the generosity of The Baltimore Sun's Read Street blog, author Kelly Simmons, and Reading Group Choices I have LOTS of books to giveaway during the panel!

Read Street is providing a selection of newly released books chosen specifically for book clubs.
Read Street, The Baltimore Sun’s book blog, is written by Dave Rosenthal and Nancy Johnston. Each day, you’ll find news and opinion about the world of books. Just go to

Kelly Simmons is providing 5 copies of her novel STANDING STILL to one lucky book club, along with a DVD to enhance the book club's discussion.
Publishers Weekly called Kelly Simmons' novel, Standing Still, “an electrifying debut” in their starred review, hailing it as "the perfect read for a stormy night." And Entertainment Weekly praised its “invigorating prose” and likened it to “Midnight Run featuring a female Charles Grodin character.”

This unique novel about kidnapping, panic disorder and immigration has been embraced by hundreds of book clubs across the country. It's been named one of Target Stores' Breakout Books, and tapped as one of Simon & Schuster's top book club picks for 2009. Kelly Simmons is an East Coast author who regularly travels to book clubs to join their discussion. She offers free chapter samples, free DVDs, and free autographed book plates for book clubs. Details on her website.
Reading Group Choices will give away Publishers Surprise Bags of Reading Group Picks! The “Bag of Books” includes various Advanced Reader Copies and finished books from Algonquin, Grove/Atlantic, HarperCollins imprints, Hyperion, Norton, Penguin imprints, Picador, Random House imprints, and Simon & Schuster imprints! Awesome – thanks to all!
Since 1994, Reading Group Choices has selected discussable books and provided resources for reading groups both in print and online. Even before Oprah, Reading Group Choices is proud to be the pioneer in enhancing the reading group experience. Check them out at

In addition, everyone who attends the panel will get a copy of Reading Group Choices 2010: Selections for Lively Book Discussions thanks to!

THANK YOU to my three "sponsors" for all the books. I can't wait to give them all away!


Kelly Simmons said...

Heather -- Can't wait to hear your discussion on Saturday! I'll be there with samples of Standing Still (the first chapter) to pass out to anyone who attends.

Heather J. said...

Thanks Kelly - I look forward to meeting you!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Have a great time this weekend, Heather!

I already have Dave & Nancy's blog at the Baltimore Sun on my GR, as well as Reading Group Choices (that guide is fantastic). I'll check out Kelly Simmons book ... all the panel attendees will enjoy the discussion, I'm sure. Yay, book groups!

Heather J. said...

Dawn - I'm so sad you're not closer, wish you could be here with us!

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