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Discussion Groups and Clubs

Online Book Club
An internet community for book lovers.

Good Reads Groups

African-American Literature Book Club
Explore the world of African-American literature with links to authors, poets, books, reviews, events, chat and more.

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
Quarterly listings of winners of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. Summaries of each title are provided, as well as listings of previous winners.

BookCrossing
Read a good book, register the book on this Web site and release it for someone else to read (park bench, airport seating, give to a friend). The path each book follows may possibly be recorded right here! Leave it behind for someone else to enjoy!

Oprah’s Book Club
Explore titles Oprah Winfrey selects for her television show book club by reading book excerpts and discussion guides and participating in online discussions. And check out more of Oprah’s book resources and suggestions.

Masterpiece Theatre Book Club
Gives viewers the opportunity to read and discuss selected books alongside their screen adaptations presented on Masterpiece Theatre. There are two installments per year – one in the spring and one in the fall.

The Today Show Book Club
Each month, “Today” invites a best-selling author to choose a book written by a lesser-known writer for the club to read. This site offers a number of book categories, sure to please the avid reader!

USA Today Talk Today Book Club
Provides a monthly selection of a title, as well as a moderated online discussion of the title. You will need to register online to participate in the discussion.



Discussion Guides

ALA’s resources for Book Groups

Reading Group Guides
The online community for reading groups.

Reading Group Choices
An all-purpose site that provides links to reviews, discussion guides and other information on hundreds of book titles. A quick “first-stop” for all kinds of book group information: how to start a group, find new members and more!

Sparknotes
Book group meets tomorrow and you haven’t read the book yet? Sparknotes.com (a service of Barnes & Noble) provides online study guides, similar to Cliff’s Notes, which provide detailed chapter summaries, character analysis and discussion questions.



Publisher Links

Random House Reader’s Circle
Provides reading guides for its books, including in-depth interviews with authors, discussion questions, biographical information about the authors, extensive reviews and more.

Beacon Press
Beacon is an independent publisher of books that “promote freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, and anti-racism; and respect for diversity in all areas of life.” The reading guides, though limited in number, contain thought-provoking questions and in-depth author information.

Books@Random | Reading Group Guides
These reading group guides, focusing on books published by Random House, feature plot descriptions, discussion topics and author biographies. Search by author, title, or category.

HarperCollins | Reader Resources
This publisher’s reader’s guides with plot summaries and discussion topics.

Penguin Books
In addition to reading guides for its bestsellers, the Penguin site has guides for a number of classic titles.

SimonSays.com: Reading Guides
Simon & Schuster provides reading guides and excerpts to books it has published during the last decade. Search by author, date, title or keyword and subscribe to the mailing list to receive free updates to the latest titles.

Vintage Reading Group Center
Searchable by author or title, this site provides more great reading group guides with links to the books published by Vintage.