Here is a great article from the Philadelphia Inquirer about Joshua Henkin's travels, whether by car or by phone, to book groups to talk with them about his acclaimed novel Matrimony. The story speaks to the growth of this trend among authors and how Henkin in particular has made it his mission to reach out to readers of Matrimony via sites like Good Reads and Facebook. I think it's great how Josh has made himself available to book clubs and I love the comments about how the discussion of the book with the author himself has enriched the reading experience for so many people. That's what I love about being in a reading group -- the discussion always adds to my appreciation of a book, making me think of something that I wouldn't have thought of on my own. I'll have to check out the other author mentioned in the piece, Kelly Simmons, and her book Standing Still.
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