Faithful readers know I'm a big fan of Laurie Viera Rigler's Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - a wonderfully imaginative tale of a modern day woman (Courtney) who wakes up in Jane Austen's time. Luckily, like many of us, Courtney's an Austenite, and she's able to use her knowledge of Austen novels to find her way in around 1813 England, though not without some hilarious mishaps. Confessions has just been released in paperback and here are ten reasons why you should read it now. Here is Laurie on the topic of inviting the author to your book group, a practice I wholly support -- check out the many author websites to the left to find contact info!
What to Bring to Your Next Book Club Meeting: The Author
by Laurie Viera Rigler
author of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
There is nothing I like better than, as Jane Austen herself said, to be in "the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation." That is why I feel especially fortunate to be not only a member of a book group, but also to visit with other book groups. As an author, visiting with book groups is one of my favorite ways to connect with readers.
For your next book club meeting, consider bringing something besides cheese and crackers, cookies, or a pitcher of margaritas. Consider bringing the author. How do you know if an author would consider visiting your group? Many authors state their availability on their websites or on sites like BookClubCookbook.com which has an Invite An Author page.
Even if an author doesn't state that he or she is available for book club discussions, it doesn't hurt to ask. Writing books is a solitary business, and every so often we like to sally forth into the world and meet some of our readers. Or stay at home and get on the speakerphone and chat with our readers that way. It is a rare author who does not like to talk about her work, especially if she's surrounded by a group of people who are eager to discuss it.
If you do invite an author to your meeting and he or she accepts, here are a few suggestions:
How to find an author's email address or phone number? Just do a Google search and type in the name of the author. Many authors have websites with a "Contact" page. If he or she doesn't have a site, you can get in touch through the author's agent or publisher, one or both of which is bound to come up via Google.