24/8 Book Club

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.

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.

A new book giveaway at 24/8 Book Club
September 16, 2008, 9:10 am
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24/8 has three copies of Amanda Foreman’s book, THE DUCHESS, which has been adapted for the big screen and premieres this Friday, September 19th.  Amanda has written other period novels as well and you should definitely take a look at her site to learn more about her work as author and historian.

To win the contest you must take the quiz in Blue Plate Specials.  The first three individuals that answer the questions correctly that are registered with the 24/8 site will be eligible to win a copy of this beautiful and powerful historical novel.   

To watch a clip of the movie visit the official movie website, http://www.theduchessmovie.com. To obtain more information about the author and the story visit the author’s website, www.amanda-foreman.com.

Congratulations to Amanda and we hope this is the first of many big screen projects.  Thank you to Random House for partnering with 24/8 to celebrate the release of this new film.

Book Bloggers Appreciation Week
September 15, 2008, 7:09 am
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September 15th launches BBWA and it is a week of blogging, book giveaways and just a paradise for those that are already reading divas.  So be sure to go to the sites that are hosting these fun events and participate to win.

The schedule for events can be found at: http://literatehousewife.wordpress.com/2008/09/13/bbaw-award-presentation-schedule/.  There you will find what is going on each day at the different book blog sites and links to check out the fun.

Special Thanks to My Friend Amy blogger as she was the organizer of this concept and talks about it on her site: http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/2008/08/book-blogger-appreciation-week.html.

Nights in Rodanthe free movie screening for Chicago

24/8 is proud to partner with Warner Brothers for an upcoming screening on Thursday, September 18 at 7:00pm at the AMC Loews located at 600 No. Michigan.  It is going to be a fantastic evening out and while it might be enough to see this latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation before eveyone else does on Friday, September 26th, 24/8 can bring it to you for free. 

To attend, simply sign on to www.gofobo.com/RSVP and enter the RSVP code BOOK5888 and you can print out not just one but two screen passes.  Now the space is limited and you are not guaranteed a seat, but spending the night with Richard Gere is certainly worth the effort.

To find out more about this movie visit, www.nightsinrodanthe.com.

Stephanie Kuehnert writes for your teens
September 1, 2008, 1:20 am
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Chicago author Stephanie Kuehnert will read from her new teen novel, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. The program is free and open to the public but is a PG-13 event. For more information, call (708) 246-0520.

Stephanie’s book has received rave reviews so if you have a teen that likes to read by all means do not miss this night out.  If your teen has not gotten the reading bug, maybe a trip to this event to meet Stephanie and hear about this hip read will do the trick.  Either way you should plan to come out. 

To learn more about Stephanie, her debut novel go to her website at, http://www.stephaniekuehnert.com/home.html.  The website is very cool so make sure to take your teen there.  Incidentally, this is just one of her upcoming appearances highlighted, can’t make this one? Be sure to check out her other appearances: http://www.stephaniekuehnert.com/gigs.html.