24/8 Book Club

A break from the snow
February 13, 2008, 12:54 am
Filed under: 24/8 Musings

is proving a perfect time to join us at the next 24/8 Book Club. We have an exciting night planned at Susanin’s Auction House at 900 S. Clinton from 7-9pm.

Three authors will join us: Laura Caldwell, J.A. Konrath and Marcus Sakey.  It is our first night hosting male authors and tomorrow night we have two.

Come on out, you have to be tired of the endless snow, and dish with these three lively authors.   This is your bookclub, no membership or reading required.

Kathy and Judy are talking with author Sue Miller today
February 11, 2008, 9:56 am
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Author Talk, Posts at Other Sites

Kathy and Judy always have so many interesting topics for their girl friends on the show everyday but today they are talking books in the Radio Readers book feature with author Sue Miller.  Sue Miller will chat with the gals about Lost in the Forest, it should be a great segment.

To learn about future Radio Readers interviews and to see who they have talked to in the past. Go to,  http://wgnradio.com/index.php?optioncom_content&task=blogcategory&id=66&Itemid=223.

24/8 Book Club loves book talk. 

Trying to find the right words
February 10, 2008, 9:00 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Posts at Other Sites

Valentine’s Day is the  time to express our sentiments. Besides getting the right sentiment, the right word can be just as challenging.  Wordsmith Chat helps to keep words on the tip of our tongues.  Enjoy Wordsmith Chat, an online discussion with Seth Lerer, a professor at Stanford University and author of “Inventing English”: http://wordsmith.org/chat/history2.html   And here are the coming events in Wordsmith Chat: http://wordsmith.org/chat  

24/8 Night Out is this week, Wednesday, February 13th
February 10, 2008, 3:45 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings

Join us at Susanin’s Auction House at 900 S. Clinton from 7-9 pm. We are proud to be a recommended pick from the Chicago Reader, http://www.chicagoreader.com/listings/static/readings.html#30

. Please tell a friend or bring a friend, we would love to see you there.

If you want more details about this event please visit the event section of the website, http://www.248bookclub.com/events/events.asp

A book you customize
February 9, 2008, 9:29 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings

could be a great valentine’s day or any occasion gift idea.  What will they think of next?

Personalize a book for the special reader in your life. It certainly is a fun and clever idea. We hear the trick is to really take the time to customize it as that will make the difference.  These are several sites you can go to in order to customize your own novel:




Restaurant Week in Chicago
February 7, 2008, 8:49 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Book Notes, Events

When you have finished reading Laura Caldwell’s book,  The Good Liar, www.lauracaldwell.com  2 things will happen.  You’ll love the story, and you will start to crave international travel and cuisine. Honestly.


If Rio isn’t on your schedule this week, may I suggest a trip  to the Brazzaz Steakhouse (www.brazzaz.com ), or any  of the other Brazilian restaurants listed in the Chicago Restaurant  Week Guide. www.choosechicago.com/eatitup  

Holiday Reading
February 6, 2008, 11:25 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Book Notes

Feng Shui  your month of February for all the holiday celebrations.  From Mardi Gras, to Chinese New Year to Valentines days, book placement will be important.  


Start your children’s library with:


Celebrating Chinese New Year, by Hingman Chan

 Story of fourth grader Ryan Leong and his family, who lives in San Francisco.  (Holiday House)



Lion Dancer, by Water and Martha Cooper

The story of six-year-old Ernie Wan’s,  participation in the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

( Scholastic) www.scholastic.com/kids  

24/8 Book CLub is clued in for a month of mystery
February 4, 2008, 10:50 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Author Talk, Book Notes, Events, Posts at Other Sites

If you talk to anyone who loves mysteries, chances are they started reading a great series as a child. The Nancy Drew of yesterday is the Spiderwick Chronicles of today.  And long awaited  movie is opening this Month.  A true fantasy preview is being planned. Saturday the 9th, is a special morning pajama party with a advance screening of the movie at the Navy Pier IMAX   There will also be Spiderwick inspired craft activities and breakfast by McDonalds.  For a chance to win 4 tickets, send your name, age, address, phone number and email address to: Cinemania@theweb.com


Or take your true love to the opening on February 14th.    www.spderwick.com


Our featured author Tess Uriza Holthe was honored
February 4, 2008, 2:20 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Author Talk, Book Notes, News, Posts at Other Sites

by The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division American Library Association (ALA), today released its 2008 list of outstanding books for the general reader. The titles are selected for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge and for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers, http://www.ala.org/ala/rusa/rusaprotools/rusanotable/NBC%20PR2008.doc.

Tess’s FIVE-FORTY-FIVE TO CANNES was among the books selected and 24/8 is proud to be featuring this book on our site. Check out the side by side reviews at 24/8, http://www.248bookclub.com. Tess was kind enough to provide answers to questions we posed at The Dish and Author’s Spotlight.

Congrats Tess!

Guest author gets another nod from a Chicago Paper
February 4, 2008, 12:09 am
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Marcus Sakey is recognized by yet again another media outlet for his new book, At The City’s Edge.  One of the Chicago Reader’s entertainment reporters, Jerome Ludwig, has selected Marcus Sakey’s new book as his critic’s choice,


If you want to meet Marcus Sakey up close and personal and find out all about this talented writer you should join our next 24/8 night out on February 13th.  As if that was not enough, authors Laura Caldwell and J.A. Konrath will round out the Murder, Mystery and Mayham event. They are all friends and a lively group so come out to Susanin’s Auction House at 900 S. Clinton (Taylor and Clinton) to see all three.