May 21, 2015

Join Us For The ‘Morning Edition’ Book Club

By Tayla Burney

Two out of three book musketeers at WAMU: Tayla Burney (left) is a producer at The Kojo Nnamdi Show and Chris Chester (right) is a producer/editor for the station's website.

Two out of three book musketeers at WAMU: Tayla Burney (left) is a producer at The Kojo Nnamdi Show and Chris Chester (right) is a producer/editor for the station's website.

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As the de facto books editor — or as a colleague calls me, “the Book Tzarina” — for the Kojo Nnamdi Show, I’m always on the hunt for a good read. It’s partly selfish, I admit, but it’s also because I bet you’re looking for pages to get lost in, too, and I want to help introduce you to your new favorite author.

Our friends at NPR share the same goal and recently launched the second round of the Morning Edition Book Club. Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn was named as curator, and selected A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson.

The novel builds on, but isn’t a strict sequel to, Atkinson’s Life After Life and follows a man named Teddy, a British bomber pilot during World War II. The story is told mostly through Teddy’s eyes, but we also get the perspective of his children and grandchildren as Atkinson shifts between characters and across time.

Upon hearing about the selection, a few equally bookish WAMU 88.5 colleagues and I thought we should take part in NPR’s Morning Edition Book Club.

Each week through June 18, a small crew of WAMU’s most avid readers — short list addict and environmental reporter Jonathan Wilson, competitive reader and WAMU.org Web producer Chris Chester, and yours truly, producer Tayla Burney — will get together for a short discussion about the novel and some of the questions it – and this project – raises for us. And then we’ll share it here with you.

Books make us giggle.

Here’s us talking about Kate Atkinson and our first impressions of her book:

So, what’s in it for you? We encourage you to pick up a copy from your local bookstore or library and follow along ahead of Morning Edition‘s exclusive interview with Atkinson on Tuesday, June 16. It’s a way to join a book club without having to leave the house or even talk to us if you don’t want to, though we hope you will. Plus, you get to choose your own wine and snacks!

And as you read, share your thoughts online with the broader public radio community via Reddit and on Twitter with the hashtag #MorningEditionBookClub.

Be sure to let us know if you’ve  picked up the book! What do you think we should talk about — or who we should talk with — in the weeks to come? Leave a comment or send us a tweet. Our handles are @jwilson885, @chrisbchester and @taylakaye respectively.

Check back with us next week for a conversation about the elements that make for a great book club.

 

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