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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Return of the Book Club

This fall the American history book will return in a more potent form. Last spring, as I tried to schedule a meeting for the second book, I discovered again what I've known for quite some time: parents are the most difficult people to schedule in the world. So I'm not even going to try to. Instead...

My free weekly singalongs in Brooklyn will also be book club meetings. Each month of singalongs will be themed to a book and an era. All adults who come to my singalongs with kids will be invited to read the month's book. And for the kids, there will be companion picture and chapter books.

If people want to set up a grown-ups-only meeting separate from the singalong, that's fine. For now, though, we'll just be a group of people reading and singing together. Join us if you can.

In addition, once a month I'm going to host a special weekend singalong and concert at the Moxie Spot (and possibly other locations) featuring me and some special guests singing songs related to our month of reading. The first one will be the afternoon of Sunday, October 4th, as part of the annual Atlantic Antic.

I'm still deciding on the September book, but I think it might be The Great Bridge, David McCullough's perfect book about the Brooklyn Bridge. This way, our first month can be a celebration of the bridge and Brooklyn itself. We'll also read The Thoreau You Don't Know by Robert Sullivan (see the Blogs to Bother With list to the right) sometime this fall -- this is one of the books that we didn't get to in the spring due to the aforementioned scheduling problems.

See you in September,