This page contains an archive of webcasts, reading group guides, and other material from previous Algonquin Book Club events.
Caroline Leavitt in conversation with Anne Lamott
Within three days of the announcement, Rakestraw Books in Danville, CA sold out of all 150 tickets for a conversation between renowned author Anne Lamott and Caroline Leavitt about her bestselling book, Pictures of You. This event took place on April 26, 2012. It was a warm, intimate conversation with two strong female writers, covering topics such as unsympathetic characters, family dynamics, Caroline’s signature red cowboy boots, and the writing process (and setbacks) for both authors. It was an event to remember, so check out the video here. If you are looking for additional information, be sure to check out the reading group guide, author bios, original author essay, and other materials about Pictures of You.
Lauren Grodstein in conversation with Stephen King
If you had to pick someone to have dinner with, Stephen King might top many lists. And rightly so, because his conversation with Lauren Grodstein about her book A Friend of the Family was funny, smart, thought-provoking, and, of course, strayed occasionally to the morbid. This Algonquin book club event was hosted by Water Street Books in Essex, NH on March 23, 2012 before a packed house. According to Seacoastonline, King described A Friend of the Family as “a literary novel that has a real suspenseful framework to it. Every page that you turn, the pages get a little bit heavier because you are afraid of what’s going to happen.”
Listen to an archive of this lively conversation here, and also be sure to check out the reading group guide, author bio, and other materials about A Friend of the Family.
Terry McMillan interviewed Heidi Durrow about her New York Times and Indie Next bestseller, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, on August 18th, 2011. The event was held at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California. You can listen to an archive of this lively and frequently hilarious conversation here. The reading group guide, author bio., original author essay, and other material about The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is archived here.
Julia Alvarez in conversation with Edwidge Danticat
Our first Algonquin Book Club event, featuring Julia Alvarez in conversation with Edwidge Danticat about Alvarez’s beloved classic In the Time of the Butterflies took place on March 21st, 2011. The event was held at Books & Books in Miami, and quickly sold out of all 250 tickets. And it’s no wonder: Alvarez and Danticat are two of today’s most talented contemporary writers. Fortunately, all of our Algonquin Book Club events are streamed live on our Algonquin Book Club website, and you can view an archive of the webcast for this event by clicking here. The reading group guide, author bio, and other material about In the Time of the Butterflies and the Julia Alvarez book club event is archived here.