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March 25, 2009 > Discuss the book with the author

Discuss the book with the author

By Meenu Gupta

The Milpitas Library group has another gem in the collection of famous authors like Asher Witherow, Elizabeth Rosner and Mildred Kalish that attend its book group. On Wednesday, March 25, Elizabeth McKenzie will visit the book discussion group when her book Stop That Girl will be discussed.

"I've been very fortunate in getting some great authors at our library. Last year, in addition to the Reads author Bo Caldwell, we had three other authors visit us to discuss their books. The authors visit as part of our book group, but we open up the meeting to the public. I introduce the author, I begin asking the author questions about their book, the writing process, their favorite books, and then the members of the group and the audience ask questions of the author" said Terye Balogh, Adult Librarian. "I've been attending the Book Group Expo in San Jose for three years now and as I listen to the author speak about their book, I get a good idea if they will be well received at our library."

Elizabeth McKenzie's first book, Stop That Girl, was short-listed for the 2005 Story Prize, and was a Newsday Best Book of the year. The novel is a collection of nine stories about an eight-year old girl, Ann Ransom, growing up in California that are true to life. The New York Times calls the book rich in both narrative and linguistic surprise. "We will discuss her book, ask her questions and she will do a short reading from her book," said Balogh. The writer will also be signing copies of her book after the meeting. Books Inc. of Mountain View will be on hand to sell copies of this title as well as her other book MacGregor Tells the World.

The library book group chooses books that are not common on everyone's book group list. "We look for books that might have missed people's attention and love reading debut authors, books about different cultures, and at different times in history. We read non-fiction as well, and have also enjoyed reading the classics," said Balogh. The book chosen for the book group has to be available in paperback. "Our lovely Friends (of the Milpitas Library) purchases the books for the group, and buying them in paperback has really cut down the cost. I look for interesting characters, thought provoking plots, and books that will entertain, educate, enlighten, but not offend," she added. "It's interesting that some of our best discussions have been about books that the group started out not liking, but through discussing they see the story in a new light. After almost five years of leading the group, I'm still surprised to see what books are hits and what are misses."

For additional information regarding the event contact Terye Balogh at or call (408) 262-1171 x 3615.

Author talk and book signing
Wednesday, March 25
7:30 p.m.
Milpitas Library
160 North Main St., Milpitas
(408) 262-1171 x 3615

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