Simon & Schuster Launches Facebook Fan Page/Book Club "Something to Read About" With Jaycee Dugan's A Stolen Life
(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK: Simon & Schuster today announced the launch of a new Facebook fan page, “Something to Read About: The S&S Book Club.” This new page is designed to enhance readers experience with books and authors by featuring a variety of activities and events including a spotlight “Book-of-the-Month” title, moderated conversations about favorite books, a listing of authors from all Simon & Schuster’s imprints who are available to call into reading groups, favorite book club selections, and daily updates. Fans of the page will also have direct access to videos, photos, a book-specific discussion forum, and excerpts as well as opportunities to interact with some authors and enter contests for free books.
The first S&S Book Club event will be a discussion of Jaycee Dugard’s bestselling memoir A Stolen Life on Wednesday, October 12 from 1-4 pm EST. Readers and fans of the book can gather for a conversation led by a Simon & Schuster moderator. Dugard is not participating in the discussion.
With “‘Something to Read About’ we are establishing a community that allows readers from all over to engage with Simon & Schuster’s books and authors—and fellow readers—in a rich and dynamic way that is ideally suited for Facebook,” says Wendy Sheanin, Director of Marketing for Simon & Schuster’s Adult Publishing Group. “We are especially thrilled to launch ‘Something to Read About’ with a book club discussion of A Stolen Life. Jaycee Dugard’s inspiring memoir is a book you feel compelled to talk about both while you are reading and after you have finished, and we look forward to a lively discussion.”
Since its publication on July 12, 2011, Jaycee Dugard’s book A Stolen Life has become a major national bestseller. The book has been widely praised as “brave, dignified and painstakingly honest” by The New York Times and “startling and inspiring” by USA Today. A reviewer on EW.com wrote, “I was amazed by her resilience….I didn’t finish the book thinking she was damaged. I finished it feeling blown away by her courage,” and Oprah Winfrey tweeted, “Don't we love Jaycee's resilience. She is remarkable. Much to teach us all.”