Michelle Bailat-Jones

Writer, Translator, Reader

Wanted to announce a new project coming up called The Dead Writer’s Book Group. This idea came up last week between myself, Myfanwy Collins (of Echolocation, I book I loved and wrote about at Necessary Fiction but also here) and Anne Korkeakivi (of An Unexpected Guest – this book is just out and I am reading right now and will write about soon!).

The idea is quite simple: each month we will host a group discussion of a work by an author who has (unfortunately!) passed on. Our first pick is Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers. Discussions can take place in two places – either on the blog The Dead Writer’s Book Club or on Twitter, and will run for the entire day on the first Monday of every month. We aren’t starting in May but in June, so we will be discussing McCullers on Monday June 4th.

I will for sure be posting about the book on the DWBG blog just before the first “meet-up” on Twitter, so whether you prefer a blog discussion or tweeting, anyone and everyone is welcome to join in. And I hope you will!

For the Twitter discussion look for: #ddwritersbkgp .

I’ve read all three of McCullers’s best known works: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Café, which is probably my favorite. This will be a chance to read one of her lesser known works and discuss it. I can’t wait.

6 Responses to “Dead Writer’s Book Group”

  1. litlove

    I’d love to read another Carson McCullers. I read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter when I first began blogging and adored it. This sounds like so much fun, but I have so many review copies at the moment that I don’t dare sign up for anything. Hope you have a wonderful time though!

    • Michelle

      Thanks, Litlove. This will happen every month, so join in later if you feel like it. We’ll try to publish a schedule of books ahead of time.

  2. Stefanie

    What a wonderful idea. I’ve not read McCullers but have wanted to for some time. I’ll try to join in but it will all depend on what else happens along at the time.

    • Michelle

      I hope you can join in – that would be great! And really, this is going to be a monthly thing, so join in when you can. We’ll hopefully get a schedule of books up soon, so that people can plan ahead and join in when they have time.

  3. Lilian Nattel

    I’d also like to join in later. I’m still doing research for a new book and have a pile of novels I have committed to read, so it will be a little while. It’s a great idea and also makes me laugh because when I was little (until about age 10) I thought all authors were dead. Thank goodness they aren’t!

    • Michelle

      I love your story about thinking all authors were dead – that’s hilarious. And I’m obviously very happy it isn’t true!

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