Category Archives: Community Reads Programs

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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Piggyback Your Way to Unforgettable Author Events

One of the many ways we help you save money and put together outstanding author events is through piggyback opportunities. No, we aren’t offering to carry you around on our shoulders (though, that might be fun too!) — instead, we line up a string of venues when we know an author’s heading to a particular area, and piggyback them together. This saves all participating event hosts lots of money on speaking fees, travel expenses, and logistical headaches.

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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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Venues Big and Small: How Anyone Can Afford to Host Author Events

Hosting an author for a literary event is an engaging way to generate new readers, and inspire those who already like to read. But finding the money to bring in a well-known author can be daunting. However, budget limitations should not make hosting authors a non-starter. Consider holding a ticketed, VIP reception with the author […]

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Community Reads Tips from Monroe County, MI

BIC: What advice or tips can you share with us about hosting a community reads program? Monroe County One Book, One Community: I think the recipe for success is to find community funding for your program. When individual groups and organization make a financial commitment, they will become more involved and will then attend events […]

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Finding Unity in the Community: Common Reads Titles that Bring Us Closer

When Books In Common/Terra Com was founded in 2001, Community Reading Programs as envisioned by pioneering Seattle Librarian Nancy Pearl were in their infancy. Since then, BIC has connected with thousands of literary programs across the globe, helping event planners as they face the sometimes daunting task of selecting the perfect book for their communities, partnering with the author, and ensuring that their specific goals are met and exceeded – year after year. We focus on these important programs because we passionately believe that building common ground around literature is one of the best ways to bridge the divide among race, religion, socio-economics, sexual orientation, politics, and cultural identities.

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Highlights from a Few BIC-Supported Events

Highlights from a Few BIC-Supported Events

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Author Interview: Laura McBride

Laura McBride recently answered questions about her novel, We Are Called to Rise, and her experiences at author events. Her debut novel weaves the stories of four very different people living in Las Vegas struggling through war, tragedy and family turmoil.

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BIC Book Reviews: June 2015

BIC book reviews of Molly Gloss’ Falling From Horses, Stephen Puleo’s The Caning and Anand Giridharadas’ The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

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Christina Baker Kline Brings Orphan Train to Fox Cities Book Festival

Christina Baker Kline engages fans at Fox Cities Book Festival through talks and presentations about her most recent novel, “Orphan Train”.

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