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 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?
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.
January 16, 2020: Murmur by Will Eaves
(2019 Wellcome Book Prize)
February 20, 2020: The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang
(2019 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize)
March 19, 2020: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
(Andre Norton Award; William C. Morris Debut YA; Waterstones Children's Award)