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Madison Public Library to offer ‘Book Club Conference’

MADISON – An upcoming event at Madison Public Library will promote guidelines for appealing book clubs.

The Book Club Conference on Jan. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. will advise readers about starting or strengthening a group.

From 2 to 3 p.m., the “Meet the Author” segment will feature two local writers.

A “Wall Street Journal” Bestselling Author, Robert Bailey will discuss “Rich Blood,” his eighth book that explores the boozy and anything-for-money life of attorney Jason Rich.

Recently divorced, Rich has completed a stint in rehab. “His sister, Jana, is accused of her husband’s murder. . . Jason has mixed feelings about returning to Lake Guntersville, Alabama . . . Did Jana hire someone to kill her husband?” according to amazon.com.

The next author, Georgina Cross writes suspense thrillers. Cross will discuss, “The Niece,” which amazon.com describes as, “An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with jaw-dropping twists.”

In “The Niece,” Cross wrote, “Walking down an airport corridor, I see her. My mother’s sister . . . We have the same long, black hair and brown eyes. But my aunt is the one person in the world my mother told me never to trust. I start to wonder if she had something to do with the terrible fire that ripped my life apart.”

Then at 3 p.m., the conference’s focus shifts to “All About Book Clubs.” The library’s staff members will share information about coordinating a successful club.

Participants will learn best practices about moderating a book club, establishing ground rules and choosing good titles. The staff welcomes club members to describe their groups. For more information, email Carolyn Reagle at creagle@hmcpl.org.

Readers can select a club at Madison Public Library that best suits them:

* American Girl – Devoted to the doll series.

* High Octane – “The Sanatorium” by Sarah Pearse.

* Next Chapter – For adults and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); meets weekly; everyone welcomed.

* Happily Ever After – “Devil’s Daughter” by Lisa Kleypas.

* Time Out – For young adults.

* Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction – “Quiet: The Power of Introverts” by Susan Cain.

* Mystery, Mirth & Mayhem – “The Measure” by Nikki Erlick.

* Knit 1, Read Too! – “Apples Never Fall” by Liane Moriarty.

* Bullet Journal – Discussion on journaling about reading.

* Madison Senior Center – Center members are participants; bimonthly.

For more information, call 256-461-0046.

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