The Red River Valley Writing Project Book Club
How did you discuss these books? Did you each give the group a synopsis, book report style, and then give individual opinions? Our reading group is interested in doing something similar and would appreciate any tips you could give.
Great question, Kathryn. I think we are all pretty casual about this sort of thing. If I remember correctly someone would start and tell the premise of his/her book, what he/she liked or didn't like (tried not to give away too much for anyone else who might want to read it). We'd each talk about our book(s) and then if there was reading overlap (some read the same titles or had read other books by the author before) we'd discuss some of those in either some large group conversation or side conversations. One thing we tend to do with an author study is then try to decide what we noticed about the author as a writer, in his/her style, themes, values, setting, story line, etc. We'd piece together a bigger picture of the author by sharing our collective understanding based on our reading experiences. These are often really interesting discussions.Were you hoping to do books by Louise Erdrich or another author? Good luck!
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