Welcome to the Free Press Book Club!
To help ease some of the isolation-related boredom, we’ve started a monthly book club which will run completely online and is open to anyone and everyone to join.
Each month, we will choose a novel and share it on this page, as well as in an email to those who have registered to participate. We’ll send a couple of follow up notes to check in on your progress and suggest a few discussion topics and questions to think about as you go.
At the end of the month, we’ll all gather to participate in a livestream book club meeting, hosted by our books editor, Ben Sigurdson, or one of our pals from McNally Robinson Booksellers, as well as the author of the book.
You’ll be able to submit questions ahead of time, or drop them into one of the live chat boxes during the meeting. (And don’t worry, we’ll provide an easy-to-access link to the stream, so all you have to do is click.)
Right now, our focus is on local authors of varying genres and backgrounds, so we hope you’ll be excited to dive into our first book club pick.
Don’t Try This at Home
By: Rob Krause and Daria Salamon
From the Turnstone Press website:
Rob Krause and Daria Salamon sold their car, rented out their Winnipeg home, and packed up their two young children to embark on a 12-month journey around the world. In this dual retelling of their ambitious year away from home, Don't Try This at Home chronicles the hilarious and sensational misadventures of a Canadian family as they travel across 15 different countries in the southern hemisphere. In an honest reflection on parenting, marriage, and living for a year on a tight budget, Krause and Salamon take readers through some of the world’s most stunning vistas while meeting the challenges of foreign customs, broken-down buses, stomach bugs, personal loss, and their often less-than-enthusiastic children.
Free Press Book Club pick annoucement
Don't Try This at Home, by Rob Krause and Daria Salamon
Expect an email from us to check in on your progress. We’ll offer up some discussion questions and other things to think about as you continue reading.
Livestream information email out
This email will provide all the information you need for our livestream book club event, including the access link, some information about your viewing options and how you can submit your questions for the authors ahead of time. This information will also be posted to our Free Press Book Club Facebook group.
Free Press Book Club meeting
Join our live chat starting at 7 p.m. CST, with special guests Rob Krause and Daria Salamon. We’ll also announce the July book club pick at the end of the meeting.
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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