If you are attending the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend, then be sure to check your registration information for details on the Black Caucus' (BCALA) Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation on Sunday night. Edward Kelsey Moore will be an honored guest and will be receiving the 2014 First Novelist Award from the BCALA for his debut novel, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat. This award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first time fiction writer. There will also be a book signing. Cost: included with ALA conference registration. We will post a few pictures from the event on the Photo page next week. #alaac14
The American Library Association (ALA) is starting their huge, annual conference and exhibition later this week, and so it's an exciting time to show you a sampling of libraries across the U.S. who are discussing Edward Kelsey Moore's The Supremes At Earl's All-You-Can-Eat -- today, and in upcoming weeks. Since the book was first published, readers in cities and towns large and small have been gathering with their clubs for lively discussions about the novel. This is not a complete list of all book club gatherings -- there are many, many private book clubs who don't list their meetings on the internet (their members often write to this website after an event and describe the fun they had while talking about Odette and her friends), but here is a list and internet links for some public library book club meetings for The Supremes at Earl's in the next few weeks:
June 24th Daytime Book Discussion Group
Wells Public Library, Wells, Maine (along the coast from Portland, Maine)
This group usually meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, most discussions are facilitated by the Library Director and the Adult Community Education Director.
Also on June 24th Fourth Tuesday Book Discussion
Inglewood Branch, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, Tennessee
A friendly and informal discussion of the selection of the month.
June 27th Brown Bag Book Club
El Reno Carnegie Library, El Reno, Oklahoma (west of Oklahoma City)
Meets the last Friday of the month. Bring your lunch (if you wish) and discuss the month's book.
June 30th Book Chat
Lawrenceburg Public Library, Lawrenceburg, Indiana (on the Ohio River in eastern Indiana)
Join us for a lively discussion of some of our favorite books!
July 9th Rowdy Readers
Brighton Branch, Rangeview Library District (near Denver, Colorado)
No matter where you live or your interests, we’ve got a book club for you.
July 10th Summer Reading Program
Author Lanea Stagg will lead a discussion at the McCollough branch of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Evansville, Indiana (on the Ohio River in western Indiana)
You can read a short description of the event on Lanea Stagg's own blog: Rockblocks.
(Scroll down to where it says: "Upcoming Gigs".)
July 11th First Coffee Book Club
St. Andrews Regional, Charleston County Public Libraries, Charleston, South Carolina.
Good coffee, great books, and gregarious discussions.
Throughout July The Laid-Back Book Club
Sponsored by the Volusia County Public Libraries (Daytona Beach, Florida)
Anyone can join their Goodreads group and their book discussions.
The Laid-Back Book Club features no meetings and no deadlines – just good books.
Earlier this month Edward Kelsey Moore put his pen and typewriter in a valise and got in the horseless carriage and drove down to southern Indiana to write. He spent a week in a rural cabin with water and electricity but few of the other "modern" conveniences, and he set himself the task of accomplishing lots of quality work. There was a small lake with picturesque morning fog. At night bullfrogs and crickets sang their love-songs and at dawn the birds celebrated each new day -- then the smallest animals scampered across the cabin roof, going about their simple lives. And so he wrote. (104)
If you would like to see the view from the cabin's porch, or travel with Edward to some of the other places he's been this year, then click here to visit the Photo page. (34)
Sometimes you stop book-touring, and stop writing the ideas in your head, and you bake a pie. Fresh blueberry (yes, he made the crust) and he grilled up lots of tasty BBQ.
Back in January we announced that Edward Kelsey Moore was the winner of the 2014 First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus
of the American Library Association (BCALA) for his debut novel, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat. The award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first time fiction writer. On Sunday evening, June 29th, E.K.M. will be an honored guest at the BCALA's Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he will be given the Award.
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) presents four prizes annually: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novelist and one for poetry. Inaugurated at the Second National Conference of African American Librarians in 1994, the BCALA Literary Awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora. The BCALA Meeting and Awards Presentation is part of the American Library Association's Annual Conference and Exhibition.