An Inspirational Book Club

I came across this article in my B.U. alumni magazine and was compelled to share it with our readers. After reading Miriam’s recent post about book clubs, Clubbing, this story struck me as a fresh and inspiring way for a small number of people to do so much good, as well as to send such a positive message about the power and importance of literacy and reading in our culture while highlighting the myriad of benefits we can receive from participating in such a group. It also illuminates how much our common interests can bind us together, despite our backgrounds or circumstances. Books have the power to transform lives, in big and small ways. I just love this story, and it puts a smile on my face thinking about the impact of books, and how just a little bit of that is in our control as agents working on books that mean something to people.

How cool, too, that the concept of this homeless book club has expanded to other cities and that several authors have gotten involved. It makes me feel good about the work that I do, and serves as a good reminder to keep the faith when things aren’t going as well as I’d like. Ok, enough with the woo woo rambling, but I hope you enjoy the piece and it puts a smile on your face too!

3 Responses to An Inspirational Book Club

  1. Lara Bricker says:

    How timely that you posted this Stacey! I was their guest author yesterday and had a wonderful time with the group. They spent over two hours engaged in a very lively discussion about my true crime book Lie After Lie.(Several came with prepared questions too!) I’ve already suggested the club to several other local authors. It was an amazing experience.

  2. Janet says:

    What a great concept. Even more so, what a lesson in non-judgment. It’s so easy not to see the person behind the image. Thanks, Stacey, for the wake-up call.

  3. Stacey says:

    Thanks for your comments, and thanks for sharing your story, Lara. It’s so nice to hear from someone directly connected to this group, and to hear that you had such a positive experience.

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