Some announcements and updates, and an interview with Lauren Lovett of Reading Opens Minds, a nonprofit devoted to enriching lives through books and conversation.
A Thanksgiving Cornucopia
A mishmash of topics in segment one this week:
- My thoughts on the Catching Fire movie (hint: read the book first).
- Project Short Story is back, though perhaps briefly. This week, the wonderful Jessica Keener, author of the story collection Women in Bed, honored us with a guest post about fairy tales.
- A short Booktopia update: registration opened this week for Booktopia Vermont and Booktopia Boulder. Both events are now full, but we do have a waiting list. We are still finalizing plans for Booktopia Asheville, and registration for that will open sometime in January. If you’d like to be updated on Booktopia Asheville or receive announcements later next year for Booktopia 2015, please sign up for the Booktopia mailing list.
- We had a great response to our call for ideas last week — we’re looking for ideas for our BOTNS collaborative book. We’ll take your ideas through the end of the year, so if you want to contribute your ideas, there’s lots of time.
- Lastly, the Books on the Nightstand Holiday Gift Guides are almost ready. They will go up sometime on Thursday, and will be posted on the right-hand sidebar of this blog (booksonthenightstand.com). There will be a second gift guide this year, Michael’s Gift for Geeks (or whatever he decides to call it).
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Reading Opens Minds (16:03)
This week, I speak with Lauren Lovett, founder of Reading Opens Minds, a nonprofit organization that helps to enrich people’s lives through book clubs. I apologize for the audio quality — telephone interview are tough to make sound good — but I hope you’ll agree that the conversation is worth the poor audio quality. One of the topics we cover is Lauren’s experience leading a book group at a women’s jail, discussing Piper Kerman’s Orange is the New Black. Lauren also fills us in on Giving Tuesday, held this year on December 3rd, a charitable initiative embraced by hundreds of nonprofit organizations.
Lauren also recommends two books for us: Divergent by Veronica Roth, which she loves to use for new book discussion groups started at Reading Opens Minds, and Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Lauren and I both agree that Wonder should be read by everybody.
I hope you will check out the great work that Lauren and her volunteers at Reading Opens Minds are doing. Thank you, Lauren, for taking the time to speak with me.
*Cornucopia image borrowed from Lori Richardson of Score More Sales