Category Archives: Books In Common

Forrest Pritchard Talks Business in Sustainable Farming

Forrest Pritchard, Gaining Ground

In his memoir, Gaining Ground, Forrest Pritchard touches on the harsh realities of market competition and the need for businesses to abandon the business-as-usual paradigm in order to compete. Sharing outsider perspectives of growing and maintaining a healthy business — insights learned from hard-won success beyond the mainstream — Forrest focuses on the concepts of Practice, Perspective, and Vision and explains how even billion dollar companies can take their cues from small farms and achieve sustainable growth for decades to come.

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Ocean City Library’s OC Reads Shares Learning Experiences

Ocean City Library, OC Reads

Ocean City Library’s Adult Programming Librarian, Julie Brown, shares some great insights from their Community Reads program, OC Reads: I would recommend working with community groups and organizations as much as possible for tie-in programming. Reach out to local school groups, musical groups, local speakers and community leaders, and see if they will share their talents, skills, expertise, passions, and knowledge as they relate to the program.

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Stark County One Book Shares Industry Tips

Stark County Library, One Book One Community

Stark County Library’s Literacy Coordinator Julia Shaheen shares some valuable insights about Stark County’s One Book One Community program: what advice or tips can you share with us about starting and hosting a Community Reads program? If someone is looking to start a Community Reads program, it is important to work with local organizations. This really helps with promotion and marketing across the county. It is also important to choose books that appeal to a wide variety of people including students, families, book club attendees, library, and non-library users, etc.

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Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget: Finding the Ideal Author Without Breaking the Bank

The most common limitation for colleges, libraries and other literary event planners is the same: dollars and cents. Concurrently, the most common goal is also shared: bring in speakers who will attract the largest crowd, energize the audience, and create quality programming that people will talk about long after the stage lights have dimmed. So, how do event planners reconcile the two?

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Sanderia Faye’s Mourner’s Bench More Relevant Than Ever

Sanderia Faye, author speaker and her novel Mourner's Bench

Now more than ever before, it’s important to get the conversations going about Black History and the future of racism in America. Sanderia Faye’s Mourner’s Bench is an ideal choice to help navigate these conversations.

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Clear Goals Matter

Yogi Berra - If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up someplace else.

For event planners, having clear, thoughtful goals makes all the difference as they set out to create meaningful author events. With a new generation of savvy, demanding readers, it’s more important than ever to identify and isolate where we want our programs to go in order to create solid program branding, loyal audiences and ensure intuitional support for years to come.

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Christina Baker Kline to speak at Avalon Free Public Library July 20

Christina Baker Kline will be speaking at the Avalon Free Public Library on July 20th at 7 p.m. Stop by and here her share about ORPHAN TRAIN. Christina’s the best-selling author of ORPHAN TRAIN and will be speaking at Avalon Free Public Library as part of their annual author lecture series. This series brings in […]

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A Look At: Point Loma Nazarene, Writer’s Symposium by the Sea

Would you tell us a bit about your program?  For instance how long has Point Loma Nazarene been hosting the Symposium by the Sea, how did it get started, and how has it changed over the years? The Writer’s Symposium By The Sea is in its 21st year (next one is Feb. 16-19, 2016), and […]

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What’s in a Name?

Contrary to what many coordinators assume, a famous author doesn’t always ensure instant success for their Common Reads Program. Librarians who rely on circulation numbers are often missing out on up-and-coming titles; university administrators who require a book-to-film component are underestimating their readers; and most importantly, venues that insist on visiting authors with household name […]

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Helpful Hints from St. Petersburg College

One of the many things Books In Common brings to the common reads’ table is the years of work we have done with a wide variety of venues to constantly improve their literary programs; through this wisdom, we hope venues old and new will pick up a tip or two and continue hosting successful common reads. An Interview with […]

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