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.”
Dugard, who wrote A Stolen Life herself, covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 at age 11 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido up to the present. In her stark, compelling narrative, she opens up about what she experienced, including the birth of her two children, and how she feels since she was found. Dugard also reads the unabridged audio book herself, published by S&S Audio. Simon & Schuster has gone back to press 17 times for a current total of more than 1.2 million copies in circulation (combined print, eBook, and audiobooks).
Each month “Something to Read About” will feature a different “Book-of-the-Month.” Alice Hoffman’s epic new novel, The Dovekeepers, set during the siege of Masada in 70 C.E., is the October Book-of-the-Month, and Jodi Picoult’s bestselling novel, Sing You Home, available in trade paper later this month, will be the November selection.
Become a fan of “Something to Read About” at facebook.com/SomethingtoReadAbout to learn more about this new book club community and to find out the December Book-of-the-Month selection.