At Glasgow Libraries we are passionate about books, and our reading groups are one of the ways we share this passion with our readers. Through this blog, we aim to provide you with a unique insight into the world of books in Glasgow. You will find information on events and activities in the city, news on book awards, book lists and upcoming titles – and every Friday we feature a guest blogger.
As well as a range of book groups meeting in our libraries, we also support a growing network of groups around Glasgow - you can see the ones currently looking for new members at Our Groups.
If you are interested in starting your own book group – at home, at work, in a cafe or pub, or in your local library – we can help you by providing support such as copies of books for each of your members, a venue to host your group, and tips and advice to help your meetings run smoothly. Email us at email@example.com for more information on starting your own group.
The T S Eliot Prize for Poetry 20th anniversary tour will visit Glasgow on 30th September.
For the first time ever, the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry is going on tour! Every year readings take place at the Festival Hall in London before the winner of the prize is announced. This year is the 20th anniversary of the prize and the Mitchell is delighted to be part of the national tour, with a brilliant lineup of poets: Don Paterson, Kathleen Jamie and Robert Crawford have all previously won or been shortlisted for the prize and will be joined by new poet William Letford to read their work. The TS Eliot Prize is one of the world’s top poetry awards and was set up by the Poetry Book Society in 1993 in memory of its founding poet.
30 September, Mitchell Library 6-7.30pm, £5. Booking details on the Aye Write! website.
In association with Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival and the Scottish Poetry Library
There’s a new prize on the literary scene. To quote from the website, The Folio Prize is “the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world. Its aim is simple: to celebrate the best fiction of our time, regardless of form or genre, and to bring it to the attention of as many readers as possible”.
Find out all about it on the website.
Like book quizzes? Check out the Good Reads website where you can challenge yourself – or add your own quiz to the site!
I’m Lauren, and I’m the discussion leader for the Mitchell Classics Book Group. In 2012, our reading group was one of the Reading Agency’s Dickens Champions. This year, the Reading Agency is giving reading groups across the country a chance to be part of the Austen Project, which is a fantastic opportunity to read and blog about some of the best works by Jane Austen, and I really hope that you’ll consider taking part.
Our reading group really enjoyed being a Dickens Champion, and without a doubt, it was not only fun, but a richly rewarding experience as we had the chance to read, and in many cases re-read some of our favourite books by Dickens. By reading and discussing several of Dickens’s books within a relatively short time, our group found we were able to compare and contrast his books in a way we hadn’t been able to before. This allowed not only a deeper level of discussion, but it also renewed our love of favourite heroes (Oliver, and Pip) and wish for the rightful comeuppance of the worst baddies (Uriah Heep, and Sikes).
I would encourage all reading groups that love Jane Austen’s books to sign up to the Reading Agency site to follow the project, and especially to give The Austen Blog Project a go! Even if you have never blogged or written about your favourite author or book before – don’t worry! For many folks in our reading group, it was first time they had done anything like it, and the friendly folks at the Reading Agency made it all very easy. So all you Jane Austen fans out there get cracking! Just fill in the online form and, who knows, your group could be selected – good luck!
Here’s an invite from Reading Groups for Everyone:
The Reading Agency is thrilled to be partnering with HarperCollins to offer 10 enthusiastic reading groups the chance to take part in The Austen Project and experience Austen as never before.
The Austen Project, pioneered by HarperCollins, pairs six bestselling contemporary authors with Jane Austen’s six complete works. Taking these cherished stories as their base, each author has written their own unique take on one of Jane Austen’s novels.
The Austen Project will launch in October 2013 with the release of Joanna Trollope’s reimagining of Sense & Sensibility, and continue with Val McDermid’s reworking of Northanger Abbey in spring 2014 and Curtis Sittenfeld’s Pride & Prejudice in autumn 2014.
The Reading Agency is searching for 10 reading groups to join The Austen Project for the year, beginning by reading Sense & Sensibility in September 2013 and blogging about it. The 10 lucky reading groups will each receive a set of 10 books, reading guides and other materials to spark discussion.
To get an idea of what other groups, including our own Mitchell Classics, got up to with a similar project see the Dickens Champions blog.
If your book group would like to take part in The Austen Blog Project, please register your interest here by 7 August and add your group to the site.
The trilogy that began with Oryx and Crake reaches a conclusion when Margaret Atwood’s new novel MaddAddam comes out on 29th August. The book continues the story of the Crakers—a species bio-engineered to replace humans—who are the only survivors after a man-made plague has swept the earth.
If you want to start at the beginning, you can borrow a set of Oryx and Crake for your book group. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The judges have just announced this year’s longlist. They started with 151 books and have chosen 13. See the list on the Man Booker website and let us know if you agree with the judges’ selection.