Where are the Book Clubs?

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Are Bookclubs Obsolete?


Book clubs are social outings for like-minded people to discuss books.  A conglomerate of people attend these gatherings. People gather to share their opinions about their favorite author.  In the high-tech age of social media, book discussions happen online in chat rooms and conference calls. They offer conveniences but are they personable?  

I often attend book clubs as an author. I learn more about my readers in this type of setting. Book clubbers thoughts are honest, and I use this information to gain greater insight on my audience.  After attending a meeting for a book club, I notice many attendees were from my mother and grandmother's generation. Health became the topic of discussion. Age is a one factor for the lack of attendance.  The club desires to grow, but the limiting of genres they read keeps interested readers out the club.  When the last person succumbs to illness, the book club will cease to exist.

Book clubs are valuable. They foster connections and build community. They help us to grow spiritually and culturally.  If traditional book club die, where will young authors like myself have a chance to grow?


What are your thoughts?

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