The Citywide Book Club trend, which began in Seattle six years go, shows no sign of slowing down. When Bookselling This Week first created its Citywide Book Club list in March 2002, there were 45 known community-reading initiatives. Seven months later, the number has more than doubled, and now lists 94 cities, counties, or states that have organized (or are organizing) events that encourage communities to read the same book at the same time.
BTW 's third report on the Book Club list sees 28 new initiatives added to the list, as well as countless updates. The new book club listings were culled from two sources: the numerous e-mails sent to us from both libraries and booksellers, and from a similar listing on the Library of Congress' Web site, www.loc.gov/cfbook/. To see the new listings, click here. To see the full listing, click here.
If your citywide book club is not listed, or if the details of your community's book club effort need to be changed, please contact Dave Grogan, BTW associate editor, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, for those bookstores, libraries, or other groups looking to help launch a community book club, click here for book club tips adapted from the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Librarys "Building a Citywide Book Club."