And the Winner Is...Book Club
Meeting Date: the third Thursday of each month
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Author Autograph Gallery OR Starry Night Room ( both in basement)
Leader: Bronwen Johnson
Come try out Watermark's book club devoted to award winners! And the Winner Is...meets in the cafe at 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month and is led by Watermark's own Bronwen Johnson. She has her Master's degree in English from Wichita State University and has studied Renaissance Drama as well. Bronnie has two cats named after American authors, so if you ever wondered who would win in a fight between Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Plath, it's Syl every time!
A Short Introduction to And The Winner Is...:
1. How would you characterize the And the Winner Is... Book Club?
Our book club draws people who are curious, open-minded, and who like to mix up their reading palates. We read books that have been short-listed or won awards across different genres, primarily fiction but occasionally non-fiction. We are welcoming of all reading interpretations and tastes! We are wide-ranging and delighted by good writing.
2. Which book has been the most popular, or caused the most lively discussion, or was noteworthy in anyway? Why?
Our biggest surprise was John Scalzi's book Lock In. It's fair to say we weren't particularly eager to dip our feet into the science fiction pool but, astonishingly, everyone enjoyed this book very much. Scalzi's clever premise, sympathetic and generous characters, and entertaining plot (involving a near-future America where corporate baddies vie for control over an Internet space that increasingly defines reality) prompted some very relevant and lively discussion on technology, ethics, and gender roles that none of us expected.
3. What might a new member expect when attending And The Winner Is... for the first time?
Expect to hear some great discussion about the book. Whether you prefer to listen along or jump right in, you'll undoubtedly hear something that will make you think, "Ah! That's why this book is so brilliant." Even if you didn't care for the book, your understanding of it will broaden. And we are a gregarious and happy bunch of readers.
For a list of our earlier selections, click HERE.
December 21, 2017: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (2017 National Book Award)
January 18, 2018: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (Kafka Award 2006)
February 15, 2018: Out by Natsuo Kirino (Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan 1998, Edgar Award Nominee 2004)
March 15, 2018: Known and Strange Things: Essays by Teju Cole (2017 PEN Award Finalist)