October is National Reading Group Month
NEW YORK – August 23, 2009 – To celebrate the joy of shared reading and encourage more people to get involved in reading groups, the Women's National Book Association (WNBA) has designated October as National Reading Group Month (NRGM). October 2009 will be the third annual celebration.
Festivities will include events with a host of favorite book club authors. These will take place across the nation in each of the Association's ten chapter cities: Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and the newly formed Charlotte, North Carolina chapter.
WNBA in Nashville will host the National Reading Group Month Signature Event at the Nashville Public Library Downtown on Saturday, October 10 (breakfast, 9:15–11 a.m.; book-signing, 11–11:30 a.m.), featuring best-selling authors Marie Brenner (Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found, Picador), Holly Goddard Jones (Girl Trouble: Stories, HarperPerennial), 2006 WNBA Award recipient Perri Klass (The Mercy Rule, Mariner Books), Inman Majors (The Millionaires, W.W. Norton & Co.) and Kathryn Stockett (The Help, Putnam). Nashville Public Radio All Things Considered host Nina Cardona will emcee the program. This “breakfast with authors” is an official part of The Southern Festival of Books, and is again co-sponsored by the Nashville Public Library joined this year by Davis-Kidd Nashville.
A full listing of National Reading Group Month events to date is listed below. Updates will be posted to WNBA national and local Web sites, including NationalReadingGroupMonth.org, www.wnba-books.org, Facebook, and Twitter (WNBA_NRGM) in the upcoming weeks.
WNBA is a non-profit educational professional trade organization, promoting books and reading since 1917. The Association draws members from all segments of the book industry and has ten chapters nationwide.
Participants, partners, supporters and sponsors include publishers, librarians, booksellers, book trade organizations, authors and more, including HarperCollins Publishers/HarperPerennial (Official 2009 NRGM Sponsor), the American Library Association/Booklist, and American Booksellers Association/IndieBound.