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 in the cafe at 10:00 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month and is led by 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. Alongside leading the "And the Winner Is" book group, Hannah is a graduate student at Emporia State University.
A Short Introduction to And The Winner Is...:
1. What book has been your group's favorite selection this past year? Why? Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (Kafka Award 2006) seems to have been a favorite so far. Our members admitted that it was not a book they would probably have read on their own, but they were really happy to be introduced to it and ended up loving it! Another book that generated lots of discussion was Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (2017 National Book Award). Both books deal with the past and how it affects the present, so they unintentionally turned out to be good companion reads.
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.
July 18, 2019: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
(2018 Women's Prize for Fiction)
August 15, 2019: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
(2018 National Book Award for Fiction)
September 19, 2019: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
(2016 Akutagawa Prize; longlisted for the Believer Book Award)
October 17, 2019: Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi (International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018)
November 21, 23019: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (2018 International Booker Prize)
December 19, 2019: Milkman by Anna Burns (2018 Man Booker Prize)