24/8 Book Club

Live in Memphis and have girls that love Meg Cabot
June 15, 2008, 10:28 am
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This is an event you should not miss.  One day two different ways to see Meg.  First is a fashion show sponsored by Justine girls magazine.  It is in conjunction with Macy’s so there will be food, Meg and a fashion show too.    This is $20/per person. 

The second event is a book signing and this one is free.  It takes place at Davis-Kid bookstore with a fashion show by Sachi a local clothing store.  

Both events sound like so much fun.  So if you live in the area or know families that do please contact them with the details.  Go to this link for more: 



A great night out with Elizabeth Berg
June 11, 2008, 11:47 am
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in Forest Park in conjunction with ChicaGourmets last night.  We can’t think everyone enough for their hard work and determination to make this a fabulous evening for everyone that attended. 

Special thanks to House Red who served up some lovely sparkling wine and caffe DeLuca who provided the appetizers. And let us know forget the beautiful and talented Sara that provided the original piano composition for part one of our progressive night.

Elizabeth read one of her short stories from her latest The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted And Other Small Acts of Liberation and it was a such a treat. I can honestly say there was not one person in the room that did not chuckle while she read. 

Next we headed to caffe DeLuca where we were treated to more wine selections and background.  Then the meal was unveiled and we had quiet the offerings and everyone was just delighted.  Centuries and Sleuths was on hand to provide books for everyone that wanted Elizabeth to personalize and she did so with such grace making each person feel a special connection. 

We can’t sign off without acknowledging the following: Tara, Julie, Augie, Sharon, Don and Elizabeth for their willingness to put their heads together to come up with something delicious and delectable for our palettes and our minds.  Never stop feasting and reading. 

If success is judged by the level of chatter, laughs and smiles in the room this was a ten.  We will be featuring Elizabeth Berg on the 24/8 site very shortly. 

In Chicago? Don’t forget this is the weekend for the Printer’s Row Book Fair
June 7, 2008, 9:38 am
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The schedule is amazing and you should definitely plan to attend and pick up a book or two.  With so many fabulous authors in one place it feels like a reader’s paradise.  It is fun to visit with authors you love but you are sure to fall in love with others as you see and hear them throughout today and tomorrow. 

To check on the schedule go to, http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/acrobat/2008-05/39437976.pdf.

See you in the stacks!

With Father’s Day just around the corner

this is the perfect weekend to head to your local bookstore.  While there you can see the great offerings for dad or other special man in your life. 

Just in time for Father’s Day is author David Sedaris’s new book When you are Engulfed in Flames, this book will be sure to touch Dad’s funny bone if it is like David’s other books. 

If Dad is more of the murder mystery type you can pick up Jonathan Santlofer’s latest,  The Murder Notebook.  Jon takes his passion of art and new found brilliance as a writer and combines them in this series with lead character Nate Rodreiguez.  Nate is a sketch artist and his drawings are included within this thriller. 

If Dad is a Lee Child’s fan the latest Reacher offering has hit the stacks, Nothing to loose.  Or if you want to start Dad off on this series pick up the first of the 12 books and that way you will have started Dad on a great series and make shopping easy for the foreseeable future. 

If Dad is a dog lover then he will enjoy The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. This book takes us on an interesting and heartfelt journey featuring Enzo the dog that is our narrator throughout.   

If Dad was glued to the recent HBO series John Adams that hits the stores on June 10th. You can pre-order in places so that makes shopping a snap, just swing by to pick it up. 

It is always fun to go to bookstore under the guise of shopping for another.  Once there check out all of the new releases for summer and maybe a few that you missed along the way. 


Have you signed up for the June 10th event
June 5, 2008, 12:21 pm
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with 24/8 Book Club.  This time we have an exciting partner, ChicaGourmets!  They are experts at pulling together delicious evenings of wine and food pairings to delight.  But that is not all, our guest for the evening is author Elizabeth Berg.  Her latest book, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted …a collection of short stories about women bucking the norm and everyday conventions and other small acts of liberation. 

Our events are always fun and great night out with a friend or just come and make a friend but this progressive evening is a first.  We are going to be in Forest Park which is just outside of the city limits off of the Eisenhower and close to public transportation too. 

So please come and join us and eat, drink and delight in the dishing with Elizabeth.  For further information check out the events page of our site, http://www.248bookclub.com/events/events.asp.

Ready to make your reservation, go to www.chicagourmets.org to sign up. 


Carrie’s great book dialogue in the movie
June 3, 2008, 3:55 pm
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Well I saw Sex and the City and if you are a fan of the TV series I would highly recommend it.  It has that same feel but there was one particular conversation between Carrie and Big that just has to get 24/8 mention.  Don’t worry it is not a plot buster either. 

Carrie gets into bed with a book and Big makes a remark about it being a library book and that Carrie is one of a dying breed to still check out library books.  To which Carrie responds that she loves the smell.  If you have forgotten that smell you have gone too long without a visit to your local library. 

There are so many great programs at libararies this summer be sure to check out your local library.  And if you have forgotten the smell of a library book don’t let the summer pass without a return visit to this smell.

See the movie and visit the library!


Sex and the City started with the written word
June 2, 2008, 8:10 am
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If you are caught up in the Sex in the City fever brought on by the much anticipated release of the movie this weekend, why not check out the columns by Candace Bushnell that inspired it all.  At Candace Bushnell’s site you can read an excerpt and you can pick up a copy of the book inspired by the articles, http://www.candacebushnell.com/content.php?content.1 

Another book by Candace launched a new tv series this year, Lipstick Jungle, is targeted for the 40 somethings.  Candace has the knack for tapping into what women want or want to dream about.  Her new book, One Fifth Avenue debuts in September.