Meeting Date: the third Thursday of each month
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Author Autograph Gallery OR Starry Night Room (both in basement)
Leader: Hannah Reidell
Come try out Watermark's book club devoted to award winners! We read books that have been short-listed or have won awards across different genres, primarily fiction but occasionally non-fiction and even poetry. "And the Winner Is... " meets at 10:00 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month and is led by Watermark bookseller Hannah Reidell who arrived in Wichita via the UK and Japan. A lifelong lover of books, she is happiest when reading or talking about books.
A Short Introduction to And The Winner Is...:
1. What book has been your group's favorite selection this past year? Why?
We started the year with quite a serious book, Small Country by Gael Faye, which deals with the Rwandan genocide. Yet the discussion that emerged from it was lively and entertaining, and the book gained a lot of new fans. I like to choose a sci-fi or fantasy book at least once a year as it is an oft-maligned genre. This year I chose the N.K. Jemisin book Stone Sky, the third book in her multi-award winning Broken Earth series. Almost everyone was incredibly enthusiastic about this series of books, enjoying the way it commented on today's society without preaching.
2. How would you describe your book club to a prospective member? And the Winner Is...Book Club exposes readers to lesser-known prize-winning books (both fiction and non-fiction) as well as exploring the major award winners that everyone is discussing. Our members tend to be eclectic readers who don't mind taking a chance on a new author or book. Even if you didn't care for the book, your understanding of it will broaden. We value all interpretations and encourage a wide-ranging discussion.
For a list of our earlier selections, click HERE.
June 18, 2020: No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani
(Australian Book Awards General Non-Fiction; Victorian Prize for Literature)
July 16, 2020: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi
(Man Booker International)
August 20, 2020: Normal People by Sally Rooney
(British Book Awards Best Fiction; Best Book)