Thank you for your interest in having me as a guest for your book club. I’m honored that your book club is reading Cradles of the Reich and look forward to meeting your group!
My book club visits are scheduled by Novel Network. While you’re on their site, check out some of the other authors you may want to invite to speak to your group.
To have a great book club visit, I’ve outlined the roles of the host and author, so everyone understands what to expect and is happy with the outcome.
1) Book clubs should have a point person who manages RSVPs and decides what the format of the book club will be. The point person may lead the discussion, or assign that role to another member. Formats can vary. There are discussion questions at the back of the novel. Or we can have a more casual chat – it’s up to you and your group.
2) I don’t expect members to have read the book before the meeting. Your club may have its own rules, but I am fine with people attending who haven’t started or finished Cradles of the Reich. Sometimes talking to the author before reading a book can enhance a reader’s experience.
3) If your book club is anything like mine, discussions can quickly go from the book to local politics or school happenings. To get the most of our 90 minutes together, the point person or discussion leader should help members (and me!) get back on track. There’s so much to talk about with Cradles of the Reich.
4) Because of the time involved with preparing for book club visits, I ask book clubs to have a minimum of eight guests in attendance. When the point person confirms attendance with members the day before the book club meeting, she should reschedule the author visit if there are fewer than six people planning to attend.
I’m looking forward to attending your book club!