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The Librarian's Guide to Book Programs and Author Events
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From hosting authors to planning and coordinating book activities such as book signings and book clubs, libraries are perfect venues for readers to interact directly with authors and their books. And mounting literary programming can be easier than you might think. In this guide Booklist's Brad Hooper inspires, encourages, and advises librarians in providing a wide range of programming that targets their communities of book lovers. Incorporating interviews from librarians in the field who share insider tips, this resource includes step-by-step guidance adaptable to any type of audience, from children and teens to millennials and older adults; shows how to plan author readings, coordinate book signings, and put together and moderate an author panel; offers marketing and outreach pointers, including interviewing authors for local radio, library podcasts, or webinars; lays out the nuts-and-bolts of organizing and hosting book clubs, with suggestions for facilitating book group discussions; presents ideas for creating displays of "staff favorites" and other ways to get staff involved and engaged; and explores programs for community-wide book events, such as "One Book, One City." Using this guide, libraries can connect book lovers eager to learn about recent and noteworthy books to authors and fellow book lovers.

From hosting authors to planning and coordinating book activities such as book signings and book clubs, libraries are perfect venues for readers to interact directly with authors and their books. And mounting literary programming can be easier than you might think. In this guide Booklist's Brad Hooper inspires, encourages, and advises librarians in providing a wide range of programming that targets their communities of book lovers. Incorporating interviews from librarians in the field who share insider tips, this resource includes step-by-step guidance adaptable to any type of audience, from children and teens to millennials and older adults; shows how to plan author readings, coordinate book signings, and put together and moderate an author panel; offers marketing and outreach pointers, including interviewing authors for local radio, library podcasts, or webinars; lays out the nuts-and-bolts of organizing and hosting book clubs, with suggestions for facilitating book group discussions; presents ideas for creating displays of "staff favorites" and other ways to get staff involved and engaged; and explores programs for community-wide book events, such as "One Book, One City." Using this guide, libraries can connect book lovers eager to learn about recent and noteworthy books to authors and fellow book lovers.

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  • Brad Hooper is the former Adult Books Editor at Booklist. He is the author of two previous ALA Edition books, The Short Story Readers' Advisory and Writing Reviews for Readers' Advisory. He was the 2015 recipient of the Louis Shores Award for outstanding reviewing. He served as Chair of the selection committee of the Carnegie Medals.

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    December 1, 2016

    What better way is there to engage and enrich a local community of book lovers than by hosting book discussions and author events at a library? Hooper (former adult books editor, Booklist; Writing Reviews for Readers' Advisory) describes how to plan and coordinate the many types of book-related activities such as book clubs, author appearances, and community-wide reading initiatives that would be a natural fit to a library's calendar of events. Despite the overly long and repetitive academic introduction, the substance of Hooper's guide is written in a conversational tone that encourages staff to get excited about planning their library's reading and book programs. VERDICT While the guide provides valuable information and insights, as well as suggestions of titles and a few useful websites, other works such as Brett W. Lear's Adult Programs in the Library, Chappie Langemack's The Author Event Primer, and Lauren Zina John's Running Book Discussion Groups offer more planning tools and publicity advice to assist staff in bringing their programming ideas to fruition.--Donna Marie Smith, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., FL

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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