24/8 Book Club

Labor Day is a great time to get to those books on your
August 29, 2008, 12:17 am
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nightstands, bookshelves or better yet go to the bookstore and stock up.  It is three full days that you could spend reading and reading and reading.  You know all of those titles you can’t wait to get to but there is always something that prevents you from doing so.

Tell us about any good reads, we love to hear from you.


For Her Information has some new Good Reads
August 26, 2008, 1:44 pm
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24/8 Book Club is proud to collaborate with For Her Information on books.  We are happy to participate in all things books.  The new selections have been posted and will remain on the For Her Information site through September. 

When you have a moment take a look at this month’s selections, http://www.forherinformation.com/goodreadsart10808.php.  My editor who will remain nameless  worked me very hard this month to ensure that the postings were much better for all of you then when they started out.   I have new found respect for all of our authors and the excruciatingly painful task of editing. 


Author Marcus Sakey will be at Borders Bookstore in Oak Brook, IL on Thursday, August 28th
August 25, 2008, 4:38 pm
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With the release of his third book Marcus is just getting comfortable with his role as writer.  He is a great guy and we can assure you if you head out to meet him at Borders in Oak Broolk you will be glad you did.


The fun starts at 7:30 pm and he will stay till he signs every copy of GOOD PEOPLE purchased.  Come out and meet this author before Hollywood calls and you can say you knew him when.  His books have been optioned by some pretty impressive production companies in Hollywood.  How exciting! 

To learn more about Marcus and his new book GOOD PEOPLE go to his website, www.marcusakey.com.  He is always having contests and inviting people out for drinks.  Do stop by Borders on Thursday, August 28th at 7:30 pm. 


Latest 24/8 Book Giveaway
August 20, 2008, 9:16 am
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Author Mary Jo Putney who is a New York Times Best Selling author in addition to winning just about every other writing award and honor in the romance genre, is partnering with 24/8 to provide a book for our winner. 

For this particular giveaway we are asking you to provide answers to the MJP trivia questions, http://www.248bookclub.com/blue_plate_specials/blue_plate_specials.asp.  The winner will receive a personally autographed book from MJP of her latest title A Distant Magic. This is the third book in the guardian historical fantasy trilogy.

If you are among the millions of fans that Mary Jo Putney has around the world you will want to play today. But remember to win you need to be signed up for our mailing list The first person that is signed up for the 24/8 Book Club mailing list and sends the four correct answers to falise@248bookclub.com will win. 

We have a number of exciting book giveaways on the horizon so check back often!

Rick Kogan has something to say about two Chicago crime writers

If you are a fan of Rick’s then you have already seen this piece from Sunday’s Chicago Tribune  Magazine.  If you do not read Rick’s regularly,  then treat yourself to this piece which is found on the web. 

In the process you will most surely want to run out and buy a book penned by Marcus Sakey and/or Sean Chercover.  At the very least you will be scouring bars to find out where these two guys hang out to listen to what has to be some lively conversation.

Check out the link to the Chicago Tribune on line to read Rick’s article entitled, Author Author A Marriage of Convenience between two Chicago crime novelists, http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/magazine/chi-mxa0817magcrimeaug17,0,5796261.story.  While you are browsing the net visit www.marcussakey.com and www.seanchercover.com to learn more about these authors.

4th Annual Printer’s Ball is Next Friday, August 22nd
August 15, 2008, 9:17 am
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If you are in Chicago and wondering what ball you can attend, why not head to the Printer’s Ball.  This once a year event is being held at the Museum of Contemporary Art and there will be featured artists, music and free stuff too.  http://poetryfoundation.org/programs/events.html

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
Directions to the MCA

21+ only
Free admission
Event Contact: Fred Sasaki, 312.787.7070 ext. 8005,

The Printers’ Ball is an annual celebration of print literature in Chicago, hosted by Newcity, Poetry, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), in collaboration with CHIRP, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Proximity Magazine, Stop Smiling, Venus Zine, and over 100 local literary organizations. The event showcases a diverse selection of print publications, available free of charge, including magazines, journals, weeklies, posters, and broadsides, plus a full night of live entertainment.

Lisa Daily and Jane Green have fun instore for you today, Wednesday, August 13
August 13, 2008, 6:58 am
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On deck author at 24/8, Lisa Daily, is cooking up some fun with another 24/8 friend Jane Green.  Today, Jane Green will be guest blogging at The Debutante Ball. 


The Debutante Ball is a grog (group blog) of five debut novelists (Eileen Cook, Unpredictable; Lisa Daily, Fifteen Minutes of Shame; Jenny Gardiner, Sleeping With Ward Cleaver; Jess Riley, Driving Sideways; Danielle Younge-Ullman, Falling Under), and a debut memoirist, (Gail Konop Baker, Cancer Is A Bitch).  The Debutante Ball (www.thedebutanteball.com) is now in its second season, and once you visit the ball you will want to return. 


Today is no exception with Jane Green talking about her latest book, Beach House.  Be sure to stop by the ball, wwwthedebutanteball.com today and feel the beach air in your hair with New York Times best selling author Jane Green. 


It’s a ball and you are invited and there is no dress code, you can even attend in your bunny slippers. A cute site with fun posts and great guests too. Enjoy the ball, you will be glad you went. 

On Thursday, August 14th, Marcus Sackey celebrates the release of Good People in Chicago
August 13, 2008, 6:50 am
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Everyone is invited to this book launch.   If you love to read and want to rub shoulders with the literary crowd in Chicago you will not want to miss this event.  Not only is he a nice guy he throws a good shin dig. 

The new book, Good People, is receiving industry praise, Publisher’s Weekly states,  “Masterful…tops his previous two novels.  A stellar performance.”  And lucky for us,  Marcus wants to share this special day with all of us. 

Details are as follows:

It’s at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), one of Chicago’s finest independent bookstores, on August 14 from 7:00 – 9:00.  Wine, beer, and snacks are on me, and rather than a formal signing, we’ll just hang out and chat.  Then at nine, I hope a lot of you will join me as we move the party down the road.  

And if you are not lucky enough to be in Chicago for the launch he is going on tour. here are details for two upcoming stops in August and Portland.  I’ll be at Book People in Austin on Friday, August 22 at 7:00, and at Murder by the Book in Portland on Monday, August 25 at 6:30. 

There are most dates listed at Marcus’s site, http://marcussakey.com/news.php, but note you have to scroll to the very bottom to see them.  Although there is some interesting blog posts along the way.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

It is another book homerun before the end of summer.  The story is all over the pages of book news sites, newspapers and magazines.  It’s a People Pick and received four stars.  

The background story of how this novel actually was completed is a beautiful story in and of itself.  A first time author, Mary Ann Shaffer had finally put her novel on paper, a dream so many of us have.  But before she could finish she died but she had an angel by her side.  Enter Annie Barrows a children’s author, her niece, to complete what her aunt so lovingly had started.  A true collaboration and a the result is a wonderful story that the family will treasure forever and the reading public as well.

24/8 sends heart felt condolences to the family of Randy Pausch
August 7, 2008, 2:40 pm
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This quiet, yet distinguished man went from being a professor, dad and husband to a celebrity courtesy of the traditional “Last Lecture”, delivered at Carnegie Mellon University last September. In Pausch’s case this was to be his last lecture as he had just found out that he had but a few months to live. 

Pausch, a professor in computer science at Carnegie Mellon, delivered his lecture to a full house.  He had a special audience in mind when deliverying this lecture, his children, he hoped they would view this one day.  Instead, 10 million people across the world viewed it courtesy of its being posted on the internet. 

Enter journalist, Jeffrey Zaslow who collaborated with Randy Pausch to expand the “Last Lecture” into a book with the same name.  So many of us have read the book and many more will.  Thank you Randy for sharing of yourself, especially at a very private time in your life.  You have taught us so much by your actions, strength and grace. 

To Randy’s family, our deepest sympathies are extended at this time.