The Algonquin Book Club ( offers a selection of 25 paperback titles chosen for their popularity, widespread critical acclaim, and power to provoke discussion. Each includes a reader’s guide with discussion points, author interviews, original essays, or other special features.

We’ll be featuring four Algonquin Book Club selections a year for dynamic literary events held around the country and simultaneously livestreamed on our site. For each event, an Algonquin author will be interviewed by a notable writer:

March 21, Julia Alvarez (In the Time of the Butterflies) interviewed by Edwidge Danticat
April __, Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants) interviewed by Kathryn Stockett
August __, Heidi Durrow (The Girl Who Fell from the Sky) interviewed by Terry McMillan
October __, Robert Goolrick (A Reliable Wife) interviewed by Patricia Cornwell
Early 2012: Lauren Grodstein (A Friend of the Family) interviewed by Stephen King

Read each book club selection along with us and join in the discussion by posting your comments on our blog’s discussion section or on our Facebook page, sharing your thoughts on Twitter, and submitting your questions for possible inclusion during the live interview. And then tune in to each live webcast, where you’ll be able to chat with other viewers from around the world.

In the weeks leading up to each event we’ll be featuring exclusive author interviews, book excerpts, discussion guides, and giveaways, including Algonquin Book Club tote bags, Advance Review Copies of forthcoming titles, new books hot off the press, and other swag.
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