Reading Group Program at MidWinter

Fans of The Book Reporter Network (which includes as well as several other useful books sites) and its founder Carol Fitzgerald (some of you probably feel you already know her from her chatty and personable blog) can catch her in person at MidWinter as she moderates a program on Reading Groups (see below).

The program also features “Harper’s own Book Club Girl, Jennifer Hart.” The Book Club Girl blog was profiled in the Sept. 21st issue of the e-newsletter for booksellers, Shelf Awareness. Launched in April,  it was created primarily to promote HarperCollins titles, but also features books from other publishers. As Hart tells Shelf Awareness, “we knew if that was all the site had it wouldn’t gain the trust of consumers.”

Below is the copy from ALA, slightly amended (a few items have changed since the program was originally published):


Books Build Friendships
Monday, January 14, 8:00-9:00 am
Pennsylvania Convention Center 201 B/C

A conversation about books, reading groups, and relationships that are formed and strengthened through the experience of reading, moderated by Carol Fitzgerald (pictured) and featuring:

Harper’s own Book Club Girl, Jennifer Hart (VP/Associate Publisher at Perennial, Ecco),

Shireen Dodson is Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Civil Rights attaché U.S. Department of State. Her second book, One Hundred Books for Girls to Grow On, offers a selection of both new and classic titles.

Victoria Lustbader is a former editor for both Harper & Row and Berkley/Putnam, who became an author herself with her first novel, Hidden, published in June of 2006 by Forge Books.

Elizabeth Noble is the author of the bestsellers The Reading Group, published in the UK in 2004 where it went straight to the number-one position in The Sunday Times’s Fiction Bestseller list, and 2005’s The Friendship Test.

Carol Fitgerald spent 17 years at Mademoiselle magazine in Promotion and Marketing, and is founder of, a book review and information site.

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