Attend the live launch of CBC's Canada Reads 2012: True Stories, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi
If you look forward to the annual debates as much as we do, start off your Canada Reads season right by attending the live launch on Wednesday, November 23 from 12pm – 1pm at the CBC Broadcasting Centre (250 Front St. W., Toronto).
It's free to attend, and as well as announcing the final five non-fiction books and panelists, there will be refreshments, prizes, and author signings.
By the way, the CBC is holding a contest: RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 17 at 11:59pm ET to be entered to win a Behind-the-Scenes Live Launch Prize Pack, consisting off all five Canada Reads 2012 books, a Canada Reads bag and a chance to mingle backstage with the authors and panelists.
See you there!
Fans of The Help: Special offer on tickets for the Acting Up Stage Company's Toronto production of Caroline, or Change
If you love Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel The Help, here's an idea for a night out to kick off 2012: from January 21–February 12, the Acting Up Stage Company is putting on a production of the award-winning play Caroline, or Change. Bookclub-in-a-Box will be there on January 25 promoting our discussion guide for The Help, and you, dear readers, will receive 20% off tickets for that night by entering the promo code "KUSHNER" when you buy your tickets by December 31. For group rates (10+), contact email@example.com.
About the show: Caroline, an African-American maid to a Southern Jewish family, is struggling to keep afloat both emotionally and economically, while the young son of her employer tries to make sense of the world following the death of his mother. A Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Obie award-wining musical—and the only musical of the 21st century on New York Magazine’s shortlist for “The Greatest Musical of All-Time”—Caroline, or Change mixes fact and fantasy, symbolism and reality, plus a wide palette of musical styles to tell the story of ordinary people facing extraordinary change.
November's Book Club Spotlight: the Book Babes from Washington state
This month's featured group is the Book Babes of Washington state, and according to member Crystal Swett, they’ve gotten pretty creative about incorporating their books’ themes into their monthly meetings.
"After reading The Help, we went to a fabulous Southern cooking restaurant in Portland that has turned into one of my favorites," says Crystal. "With Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, we had a full English tea with scones, tiny sandwiches, and baby-sized treats. As a memento, we were given individual potted roses."
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Want to see your own unique book club featured here? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you could be next!
Preorder the guide to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao today
Looking for your next book to read? Read our review of Junot Díaz's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, about a painfully nerdy American-born teenager with roots in the Dominican Republic. And remember, the Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide launches on November 21!
You can preorder the guide today — each guide includes plot summary, author information, historical background, and an in-depth analysis of the book's themes, symbols, and writing style, plus discussion questions and a Q&A with Junot Díaz.
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