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Coming September 9: The Bookclub-in-a-Box guide to Emma Donoghue's Room

Click here to place your preorder for the Bookclub-in-a-Box guide to Emma Donoghue’s Room, a breathtaking novel told from the perspective of five-year-old Jack. In addition to sections on the characters, themes, symbols, and more, this guide features an exclusive Q&A with the author, including passages not seen in our original online interview!

Every print guide also includes:
· A Bookclub-in-a-Box bookmark
· A RAG (Read-Alongside-Guide), a quick reference pamphlet offering interesting facts and questions to consider while reading the novel

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Book Club Spotlight: Malaysia's Bangsar Book Club

Once every month, we’ll share the motivation and passion that drives one book club — it could be yours! — from across the globe. These are the people who have combined the solitary pleasure of reading a book with the joy of sharing, discussing, and debating it in a social setting. For August’s Book Club Spotlight, we heard from our first Asia-based group: Rachel Joseph, who moved from London, England to Malaysia, started the Bangsar Book Club, which features a mixed membership of locals and expats. At one meeting, Rachel sneakily invited the book’s author to attend undercover and hear valuable feedback about his book!

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This film needs no "help"

By Marilyn Herbert

Last night I finally saw a screening of The Help, the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name. I predict that this film will do well. It is a fairly faithful adaptation of the story and the characters, with a few small differences that don’t affect the plot one way or the other. The acting is so strong that I can’t pick out a single character for criticism — we care about each and every one. My only criticism would be that I wish the movie could have been longer to encompass more of my favourite scenes, which had to be cut for brevity’s sake.

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Tell us — what makes an online book club chat great?

By Marilyn Herbert

Thank you to everyone who participated in our August 3 online book club chat about Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help. This is a new project for Bookclub-in-a-Box and we are very excited about developing it further. (Thanks also to the folks at Pollstream for setting us up with the OneRoom software that lets us talk with all of you booklovers.)

OneRoom enables us to have a virtual book club meeting with readers everywhere — so far we’ve discussed The Help, about race relations in 1960s Mississippi, and the film adaptation of Water For Elephants, based on the novel by Sara Gruen.

With your participation and perspective, we aim to perfect the online book club experience. The best part is that every reader can participate — there is no membership required!

A good online book club chat should be similar to attending a live book talk session with a well-prepared facilitator (like me!). Everyone has a chance to ask questions and put forward their perspective, and the facilitator provides background and pertinent information in an organized and interesting way.

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