24/8 Book Club

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is our book give away
October 14, 2008, 11:53 pm
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but hurry as this give away goes away this weekend with the opening of the movie.  Simply make sure you are signed up for the 24/8 mailing list and then answer the three questions in our Blue Plate Specials section by sending an email to falise@248bookclub.com.

Be sure to catch the opening weekend of this much anticipated movie that was adapted for the big screen from Sue Monk Kidd’s book of the same name.  With the all star cast and amazing soundtrack it is sure to have Oscar buzz.  To learn more about the movie visit the official movie site, The Secret Life of Bees.


HOLES is celebrating its tenth anniversary
October 14, 2008, 11:49 pm
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Author Louis Sachar will be making a stop at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville to celebrate the 10th anniversary.  HOLES might sound familiar to you if you have had children or grandchildren in your life during the last decade. HOLES as also adapted for the big screen so it should not be a unknown. 

On Monday, October 20th author Louis Sachar will stop by Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL at 7:00 pm.  to find about more about this event visit www.andersonsbookshop.com.  If you did not have kids that were age appropriate for HOLES and now you do take them by to meet Louis and to buy an autographed copy, you and the kids will enjoy this read.

Something Wicked is being released for publication today

The third installment in the Gregory Maguire unique Return to Oz books is available for purchase today.  A LION AMONG MEN is the cub that was rescued by Elphaba’s story.  The first book WICKED was the inspiration for the long running Broadway and touring musical WICKED.  The second book SON OF A WITCH continued that story and now A LION AMONG MEN is the third installment in THE WICKED YEARS series.   

If you have seen the stage production of WICKED you should read the book because they are not the same.  Starting with the first of THE WICKED YEARS books WICKED is a great way to return to Oz for those of us that grew up there.  But remember this is a very different tale conjured in the mind of author Gregory Maguire do not expect the story you read in Frank Baum’s books. 

To learn more about Gregory Maguire visit his website, Gregory Maguire.  With release of the new book Gregory is on the move so visit his website to see where he will be over the course of the next two months, Gregory Maguire Appearances. If Oz is not your thing don’t give up Gregory has explored other tales such as SNOW WHITE and CINDERELLA too.

Yeah for Book Give Aways in these Challenging Times

24/8 just completed its book give away of three copies of THE DUCHESS, thank you so much to Random House for making that possible.  We hope you have gone out to see this film that is receiving Oscar buzz.

We are thrilled to announce a new book give away with details to be post at Blue Plate Specials on the site any day.  This time it is THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd and our thanks go to Fox SearchLight for making this possible. 

But we would be remiss without mentioning that our 24/8 friend, Julie,  the Booking Mama that is featuring four, yes four book give aways going on right now.  They are for: I Like You, by Amy Sedaris, http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/2008/10/review-i-like-you-giveaway.html; Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay,  http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/2008/10/review-sarahs-key-giveaway.html; The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett, http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/2008/10/uncommon-reader-giveaway.html; and Hannah’s Dream, by Diane Hammond, http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/2008/10/guest-post-diane-hammond-giveaway.html

Don’t forget that reading a great book can take you to a new place or introduce you to new characters or provide education on something you have been wanting to learn. And here we are offering you some opportunities to receive books with no strings attached.

People Magazines sponsors Family storyteller this Saturday

in Walnut Creek, CA.  Author and artist Todd Parr will be featured at Barnes & Noble at 1149 S. Main St. at 1:00 pm to read from his upcoming book THE I LOVE YOU BOOK.  This book will not be available till next year so it is truly a sneak peek. 

It is always a great treat to meet an author but on Saturday you and your children or borrowed children can hear Todd read his new book with is a double scoop.  There will be many other Todd Parr books on sale as there over 2o in print. 

Your children might be familiar with his TV show as well so instead of dragging them to the bookstore you might find they are going to drag you Mom.  To learn more about Todd you can visit his site, http://www.toddparr.com/todd/.

On Friday, October 3rd The Duchess movie is released
October 3, 2008, 6:49 am
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to the rest of the country. At 24/8 we are celebrating the release of the new movie with a book giveaway.  Visit the Blue Plate Specials section of the 24/8 Book Club site to find the movie trivia questions, answers are not hard to find but hope to wet your appetite for the film and the book.  Once you have the answers send an email to falise@248bookclub.com

One more thing, to be registered to win this book giveaway and future giveaways please make sure you join our mailing list so we know where to send the books.  It is simple and fun and what a great treat to receive a free book in the mail.

We will be announcing the winners of this giveaway next week and introducing our next giveaway next week. It is also a book that has been adapted for a movie and will be released in October.  Be sure to enter to win and come visit us often at 24/8.

October 2, 2008, 10:49 am
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On this very special Thursday, October, 2nd, children from all over the United States will be treated to a reading of the same book. This year’s selection is Corduroy by Don Freeman.  this book  has been part of so many of our childhoods and now it will be read, heard, enjoyed and bought by another generation. 

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a campaign designed to bring attention to the importance of early education.  By encouraging hundreds of thousands of children and adults to read the same book on the same day, Jumpstart aims to break a world record and to make early education a national priority.

To learn more about Jump Start and how you can put a book into the hands of a child go to, http://www.readfortherecord.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_main.