Local Authors Appear at Book Groups

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By Helen Kossler

Reading Between the Lines

Just in case you missed the feature article in the Chicago Sun Times last week about area book clubs for mothers and daughters, here’s the scoop:

Two local authors, Pamela Todd and Stephanie Kuehnert, were mentioned as authors who have spoken to these groups. Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park are blessed with a plethora of published writers, many of whom publish children’s and young adult fiction. Todd’s book, Blind Faith Motel, is about a young teen grappling with finding her place after her parents separate and she moves with her siblngs and mother to a new community.  Kuehert’s novel, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, is for older teens and explores growing up punk.

I love this idea.  Not only the opportunity to read and discuss the same book and gain the understanding and insight that comes with it, but the chance to talk to a real author.  What a powerful way to encourage reading, writing and critical thinking.

I am inviting local authors who would be open to appearing to local book groups to contact me.  And I’d like to hear from local book groups, whether you are mother-daughter or adults only.  I’m interested in how long you have been meeting, the types of books you read and what keeps you coming together to talk about books.

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kathy johnson from mokena  

Posted: October 2nd, 2010 1:47 PM

Keeping teens involved in positive activities is essential. This is a great way to highlight local talent and connect young people with literature.

Janis Guggenheim from Morton Grove  

Posted: October 1st, 2010 2:52 PM

What a great way to pull people away from the boob tube and stimulate reading!It's time to explore other worlds on the printed page!Good for you, Helen, for supporting this.

J. Bard-Collins from Oak Park  

Posted: October 1st, 2010 8:39 AM

Bravo!Oak Park has so many published and soon to be published authors. We need to put the spotlight on them.WE should know one another - exchange thought, ideas etc.Keep it coming.....!

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