Is it Over?
National Reading Group Month is over. Or is it? Reading groups and book clubs celebrate the book and literary conversation all year.
One case in point, reading groups have weighed in on the Guardian's First Book Award. The award recognizes the best new literary talent, whether working in the field of fiction or non-fiction. Five UK groups from Oxford, Leeds, London, Bath, and Edinburgh help choose the 5 works in the shortlist.
The Enemy by Charlie Higson,
The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah
The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
A Swamp Full of Dollars by Michael Peel
Three fiction, one story short collection, and a nonfiction title. These works explore personal and world issues, identity, a little bit of satire and excellent writng -- perfect for a book group lively discussion! And fiction isn't dead despite the rumor of its demise!
The 2010 First Book Award will be announced in November. Stay tuned!