I’m delighted by this, of course. I love book clubs and reading groups. The novel has already received great support from book clubs across the country, but now that it is in paperback, I’m hoping there will be many more to come. (Penguin have actually included a Reading Group Guide in the back of the paperback edition.) I have visited many local book clubs (in fact I am going to one tonight) and have Skyped in with groups across the US, and as far as Abu Dhabi. I love these occasions – it’s always wonderful to meet with engaged and passionate readers and talk books.
These events are even better when there’s food involved, and there often is. In case you missed it from an earlier post, here’s a link to an article in this month’s Costco magazine which talks about book clubs and how much fun it can be to ally appropriately-themed food to the book discussion. There are also some recipes on this site’s Reading Groups Page for some of the food featured in A GOOD AMERICAN. And yes, people have cooked these for me when I have turned up to discuss the book. And yes, the jambalaya is as delicious as it sounds. There are also some links on the page that will lead you to some of the music in the novel, too. We’re a full service author website here, ya know.
So… please consider choosing A GOOD AMERICAN for your book club, if you haven’t already. I’d be delighted to come and visit (if you’re in mid-Missouri) or to join you via the wonders of modern technology… unless you live in New Zealand or Hawaii and are willing to spring for the price of an airline ticket, in which case I would consider appearing in person there, too. (No sacrifice too great, you see.)
In the meantime, don’t forget that I’ll be at Barnes & Noble tomorrow evening (Thursday February 7) at 7 p.m. with literary twin and Amy Einhorn stablemate Eleanor Brown. The last thing I heard, Eleanor was on the road in a motel room in Memphis. Unfortunately for her, it was Memphis, Missouri, not Memphis, Tennessee. Them’s the breaks.