24/8 Book Club

We are thankful for the Benjamin Button Preview
November 28, 2008, 4:13 pm
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It was a cold night in the city of the Chicago but a full house came out to see the advanced screening of THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.  On its face you knew this was something special from the trailers and itsstars Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt.   

This movie is a must for an Oscar nomination and if you are like me, and like to see those nominated films come Oscar night this is a must see.  I would not surprised to also see many nominations for those starring and appearing in supporting roles. 

It is interesting to me that someone selected this story for the big screen,  it is definitely a bit unusual.  The result was a beautiful movie, with a mesmorizing soundtrack but with a very slow pace.  There are no surprises which contributes to the long feel but is was lovingly crafted and certainly one of the best films this year.  We will all have to go back and pick up a copy of the short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald to see how this was adapted for the big screen.   

24/8 would love to hear from you if you were present at the screening.  If you did not have the chance to see a trailer or the movie, you can visit the office website,  www.bejaminbutton.com.

We are so thankful to be part of this experience and look forward to the next one. 



The Benjamin Button VIP Screening is tomorrow night
November 24, 2008, 9:22 am
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If you are going to join us at the free VIP viewing you have to RSVP by today at 3:00.  All of the details are below and we all love a chance to spend an evening with Brad Pitt. 

Tuesday, November 25th
7:00 pm
AMC River East
322 E. Illinois St. – Chicago

One of the most highly-anticipated films of the year, this lush masterpiece tells the F. Scott Fitzgerald story of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt), a man who ages backwards while the love of his life, Daisy (Cate Blanchett), goes about life from birth to death, as does everyone else.
RSVP is required to reserve your spot + one:
Please call 312-840-7973 and identify that you are with 24/8 Book Club.
You must RSVP by Monday, November 24th at 3:00!



James Patterson has a new arrival

and a very special mission for kids and reading.  If you are a James Fan loyalist you will want to pick up his latest, CROSS COUNTRY.  This is the latest edition of the extremely popular Alex Cross series.  to learn more about this book or others series the he writes visit the official James Patterson website.

But what you might not know is that James Patterson, inspired by his son’s lack of interest in reading, has made it his mission to get kids reading.  Visit Read Kiddo Read to view reading recommendations for kids of all ages which is a great place to start. Why not sit down this weekend and get your kids involved in picking out a book on this site.  Leave it to James to take it a step further he has a series devoted to the adolescent reader, Maximum Ride.  He targets this series for 8 years and older but the reviews are in for those in the 24/8 world that they are great.

Have you been reading Alexander McCall Smith’s

latest novel on line?  Yes, you read that correctly, best selling author Alexander McCall Smith is serializing his next novel, CORDUROY MANSIONS, on line and letting us read it as he goes.  There are currently 48 chapters completed and ready to view.  The most interesting part of this delightful idea is that we can comment on the novel and who knows it might influence how the story unfolds. 

This is another great idea brought to you by a very popular author.  To view the chapters on line at, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/exclusions/alexandermccallsmith/nosplit/alexandermccallsmith.xml.  There is even a contest that might let you be the next serial novelist on line.

24/8 wants to thank you Andrew for letting avid readers and fans follow along as the next book takes shape.  It is a novel concept and we applaud you for taking this journey.

Glenn Beck is launching his book for the holidays
November 17, 2008, 1:20 pm
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THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER, with a unique multi-media  blitz.  The television and radio personality has thought of everything, it is available as a book right now in stores, as an audio book, collector’s autographed edition and you can see Glenn as he tours the country in THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER bus, go to his website to find out more about the tour’s upcoming stops, http://www.glennbeck.com.

But that is not the end of the multi-media claim.  Across the nation Glenn Beck is bringing this story to life in play format with a ten piece orchestra and a broadway gospel singer too.  To find out more about the book and his play schedule visit this link, Glenn Beck’s Play Tour Schedule and if you cannot make a live show then you can attend a filmed version at your local theater across the nation.

TWILIGHT is here
November 14, 2008, 10:05 am
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Chances are if you have a teen in your house or life they have been driving you crazy about the movie that starts its run this Saturday. This highly anticipated movies is adapted from the popular Twilight book series from author Stephanie Meyers. 

Specific Borders Book Stores are hosting Twilight parties on Saturday, November 15th, http://www.bordersmedia.com/twilight/releaseparty.asp?cmpid=SL_20081113_NR. There are going to be all kinds of events that might just be a great night for your Twilight experts.  Be sure to check with your local Borders to be sure they are participating.

A nationwide chat with the author of LACE READER on November 5th

The beauty of this event is that you can attend in your pjs and favorite bunny slippers too. The choice is yours via the phone or Webcast as well.  On Wednesday, November 5th at 8:00 pm EST join author Brunonia Barry as she holds a book club chat with friends and fans. 

To learn more about this event and find out how to participate, visit http://instantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=4864134.  It is a good idea to print off the instructions so you will be ready to go on Thursday.  You can even suggest a question prior to the event or during the event. 

What a great concept and a fun way to spend an hour with this author.  But if you can’t schedule this time into your day you can still listen to the event anytime after by following the directions for the webcast at the link above.

Once you have voted go to the bookstore
November 4, 2008, 12:39 pm
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to pick up the new book from football great Frank Gifford, it will be out in the stores today. This would be a great gift idea for those die hard football fans, sports historians or just those that love the history of sports in your life.  It takes a great one of the game and one of their own to open the doors  to those players that made the game great so many years ago. 

The book, GLORY GAME, is about the 1958 NFL Championship game.  Frank will be out and about signing books if you are located on the East Coast.  It is a great holiday idea and to have an autograph and meet the great Frank Gifford an added bonus for the gift giver. 

To find out more about Frank’s appearances click on the link provided to Kathy Lee Gifford’s site for  the details,   http://www.kathieleegifford.com/lamb04/messages/102408glorygame.php.