Pick titles that will challenge your group and generate discussion. Things to look for:
Different genres (graphic novels, science fiction, magical realism)
A mix of fiction and non-fiction
Make sure that the library has enough copies for your group!
Role of the facilitator:
Pick a member to facilitate each meeting. This can rotate. Without a facilitator book clubs devolve into social meetings and the book isn’t discussed.
Send out an email about a week before the meeting with related content (articles, interviews, videos) that will help stimulate conversation.
Before the meeting prepare a series of questions. It can also be helpful to flag passages from the book that can be read aloud from that either relate to the themes or as an illustration of the style. Create your own questions and use the internet to help you out.
During the meeting keep the group focussed and on topic. Throw out questions when discussion lags. Keep an eye on who is sharing a lot and who is quiet and try to balance the conversation by asking the quiet members for their opinions.
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