In exactly two weeks from today (!), Sara Gruen and Kathryn Stockett (author of the amazing debut novel The Help) will discuss Water for Elephants in front of a live audience, which will be simultaneously streamed live on our Algonquin Book Club website. When you tune in to the live webcast you can chat with other viewers and even ask questions of Sara Gruen. How cool is that? Mark the date: Monday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. EST.
To tie you over until then, we have a special Water for Elephants meal planned for you, taken right from the book. It’s the same meal Jacob had when Marlena and August invited him to join them for dinner in the railway car. We’ve taken a few liberties with the dishes, but in our humble opinion, we’ve improved upon them. Sara Gruen herself offers a divine spin on Oyster Bisque with a recipe for Oyster Brie Soup, courtesy of the Grove Park Inn. You can view the full recipe, plus recipes for the other dishes, here.
And speaking of two weeks–the Water for Elephants film opens up in less than two weeks (!), on Friday, April 22. You can view eight high-definition clips from the movie over at the Water for Elephants Movie Fan Site. Our favorite of the eight is below. So what do you think: Are you excited to see the film?
This week we’re giving away an autographed copy of Water for Elephants and several Algonquin tote bags. To enter, tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page: What Water for Elephants-themed dish would you bring to a book club party? We’re looking for creativity here, folks, so put your thinking caps on!