Booklist chosen again as partner for National Reading Group Month

Contact: Mary Ellen Quinn




For Immediate Release

October 5, 2009

CHICAGO—The popular
Booklist blog
Book Group Buzz, offering helpful and entertaining information to reading groups both in and outside libraries, has again been selected as the official partner blog by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) for
National Reading Group Month (NRGM), October 2009.

Book Group Buzz includes informative, wise, witty and salutary posts by expert contributors from around the country, plus links to a wide range of free book group-related guides, tips and other resources.

As a new initiative for National Reading Group Month in 2009,
nine “Great Group Reads” (eight novels and a memoir) have been selected on the basis of their appeal to reading groups, covering timely and provocative topics.

is making reviews of the Great Group Reads available free to non-subscribers at

Booklist Online
Booklist Online is also a vibrant resource for book groups throughout the year, with wide-ranging free content from e-newsletters to featured reviews of the day.

National Reading Group Month celebrates shared reading by promoting reading groups. “People are reading less and less for pleasure, yet month in and month out, thousands of groups nationwide gather to discuss the latest and to revisit older titles,” said NRGM Chair, Jill Tardiff. “We are delighted to partner with ALA’s
Booklist and to make Book Group Buzz a visible part of the program. We’re impressed by its scope and all that it offers reading groups.”

To learn more about
National Reading Group Month and scheduled events, visit Events featuring reading-group favorite authors are planned nationwide in the Association's 10 chapter cities, with partners from libraries and all areas of the book industry supporting the initiative.

Booklist’s free one-stop resource,
Book Group Buzz, can be found at

is the book review magazine of the American Library Association, considered an essential collection development and readers’-advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 100 years.
Booklist Online includes more than 125,000 reviews as well as a free Web site offering the latest news and views on books and media.

Women’s National Book Association, founded in 1917, is the oldest continuously running women’s literary organization in the USA. For the past 90 years, it has united women – and now men – from every corner of the book world: writers, editors, librarians, bookstore owners, and more. It provides a vehicle through which members can act on their professional and personal commitment to champion the book and to stimulate the increased tolerance, social awareness, and civic involvement associated with reading.