24/8 Book Club

National book Month
September 30, 2007, 7:36 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Book Notes, News

October is National Book Month. This annual event encourages readers of all ages to enjoy books. classiclit.about.com/od/nationalbookmonth/National_Book_Month what better time to kick back and pick up a book.

Contact the National Book Foundation http://www.nationalbook.org/ or call at 212-685-0261 for a full list of National Book Award Winners and Finalists from 1950 to present. The list, in downloadable PDF format, includes the names of the authors and the year and title of the work for which they were honored.


Sue Monk will be in town this week – Thursday, Oct. 4th
September 30, 2007, 10:15 am
Filed under: Author Talk, Events

Within JoAnne’s posting on August 20th, on the 24/8 blog, we learned that Sue Monk was coming to town and now the time is here,  http://www.bordersstores.com/events/event_detail.jsp?SEID=154287

You should make every effort to support the author events, especially of authors that you love because they are fast becoming a thing of the past.  It is always so fun to see the author and listen to their thoughts and musings. 

With the holidays just around the corner, what a great idea for a personalized and loving gift.  It is very thoughtful to give someone you care about a book that has touched you in some way.  It shows you care and that you are giving a piece of yourself and that you actually made the effort to go out and get it and not just order it on line. 

Why not make an autographed paperback part of every gift you give this year.  If you look in the paper, on line and at various websites including 24/8 you will see many author events before the end of the year. 

Daily Candy visited CHicago again
September 29, 2007, 9:33 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Author Talk, News

It was wonderful to see Danielle Romano, editor of DailyCandy.com and the editor of the book, The ABC ‘s of Daily Candy as a  guest on the new Bill Rancic show In The Loop with i Village. Shown at 11 am on NBC.  She talked about unique wedding gifts in the modern and the traditional gift registry.

It brought back  delicious memories of the great  time we had with her and the Chicago editor, Emily Fiffer at our roving event at ethyl’s chocolate boutique at the North Bridge location in June.    www.dailycandy.com, www.intheloop.ivllage.com  Falise and I hope to see her and  in Chicago more often.

Anniversary Celebrations
September 28, 2007, 10:11 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Events

Last year at this time, Falise and I met at a book signing! See how books can change your life!  I think that it is even more significant that it was on  National Punctuation Day.  ( 9/24)  Talk about exclamation points. 

Read about a person, place or thing
September 28, 2007, 8:27 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings

If you are still not excited about reading or pick up novel after novel and just put them down, why not try a different direction.  Pick up a book about someone you admire. Or what about a destination you have always wanted to visit real or fictional.  It might not be that you don’t like to read but that you are reading the wrong genre for you. 

Maybe you see a movie today or watch a tv show and you ask yourself some questions or wonder about something you saw, go pick up a book to give your mind what it is craving.  Or just go in to a bookstore or your local library and walk the stacks, it is highly improbable that you will not find one or many books that peak your interest or strike your fancy.

 We are always interested at 24/8 in what you are reading, so why not drop us a line or better yet start with a comment to the blog. 

A Cheesecake Weekend
September 14, 2007, 10:22 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Posts at Other Sites

This just happens to be the weekend of the 11th Annual Cheesecake Festival. Our friends at Eli’s Cheesecake Factory, a Chicago favorite, have planned a great weekend benefiting two wonderful groups and of course with cheesecake to boot.

Why not take a break from reading and head out to the festival, 24/8 always supports that woman cannot read without brain food.  The festival takes place on both Saturday and Sunday, 15th – 16th.  For more information on the event and the schedule go to: http://www.elicheesecake.com/festival.aspx.

A book-aneer is the latest
September 13, 2007, 11:48 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, News, Posts at Other Sites

twist on Sesame Street to raise reading awareness to their audience of children.  This year’s Season Premiere of Sesame Street featured Tina Fey as the book-aneer.  If you have not guessed up to now, a “book-aneer” is a pirate that loves to read. 

If you want to see more about her appearance check out this really crazy website,  http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_4135. Be careful if you like the Muppets you may never leave this site. 

Ahoy Mateys

Ever get that writing bug
September 9, 2007, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Book Notes, Events

If you do but don’t have all of the answers or only questions why not come and see Susan Shapiro on Monday, September 10th at Borders on Michigan Avenue, 830 N. Michigan Avenue, http://www.bordersstores.com/stores/store_pg.jsp?storeID=58.  Susan will be there at 7:00 pm. 

Susan’s latest book, “Only As Good As Your Word” http://susanshapiro.net/word.html is an excellent place to start for writing advice from someone that followed her inner voice to do just that.  Not everyone is willing to share but that is what Susan will do on Monday.

There is a new girl in town
September 6, 2007, 10:14 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Book Notes, Events, News

Staying with the mission that Falise and I have for the 24/8 Bookclub, that all reading is rewarding, tell your daughters about the new book at American Girl.  For the first time in 5 years, 2 new dolls are joining the ranks of American Girl History. Julie and Ivy, 1970’s girls growing up in San Francisco.

The unveiling will take place on September 10th at American Girl Place, 111 E. Chicago Ave.  And, on September 23rd, meet Megan McDonald, the author of the new books about  Julie and Ivy. She will be signing books from 11am to 1pm.  www.americangirl.com

Making sure that young boys also catch the reading bug, check out the Spiderwick Chronicles.  This would be a good chance to read the series, before the movie debuts in February. www.spiderwick.com


Good Reads at your fingertips
September 6, 2007, 12:16 pm
Filed under: News

For Her Information On Line Magazine September edition is now on line.  You should check out all of the interesting features there is some very interesting stuff this month.  While there be sure to check out Good Reads feature, http://www.forherinformation.com/goodreadsart1.php