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MARCH 2010 vol. I

Dear Reader,

This month, we're delighted to share an issue of Reading Group Center News dedicated to one of our favorite writers, Maeve Binchy. From Circle of Friends (made into a major motion picture) to Tara Road (an Oprah's Book Club Selection), she's made her mark with touching stories about life in Ireland, filling her novels with endearing characters and timeless themes. And as her fans around the world know, you can never get enough Maeve Binchy!

So, whether you're a long-time fan or a first-time reader, you won't want to miss these new reading selections. First, we have her latest paperback release, Heart and Soul—a warm and inspiring story that's the perfect book to curl up with. Then there's the never-before-published Maeve Binchy Writers' Club, which is a treasure trove of inspiration for new writers and long-time scribes alike. And just to round out the list, we have the trade paperback release of Whitethorn Woods—definitely one you'll want to keep on your shelf!

There's also an exclusive sweepstakes to win an author chat-Maeve will call one lucky group from her in Ireland! Five other winners will receive a copy of the new Maeve Binchy Writers' Club. There's video of Maeve as well, sharing her wit and wisdom, and we have a special opportunity for Reading Group Center readers from Vintage/Anchor and BookPage.

Revel in Maeve Binchy's world with us, and enjoy!

Your friends at the Reading Group Center

The Lost City of Z

Heart and Soul

A New York Times Bestseller
Includes an exclusive new story by Maeve Binchy

"Good-hearted [and] entertaining.... Reflects a pervasive generosity of spirit offers many honest pleasures." —The Washington Post

With the warmth, humor, and compassion we have come to expect, Maeve Binchy tells a story of doctors and staff, patients, family, and friends at a heart clinic in a community caught between the old Ireland and the new.

Dr. Clara Casey agrees to take on the seemingly thankless task of establishing a clinic with little funding-for a year. With her own plate full-two troublesome grown daughters and a needy ex-husband-she is still able to gather a wonderfully diverse and dedicated staff. And before long she has done the impossible, made the clinic a success and a aprt of the community. Now Clara must decide whether or not to stay.

"Binchy has a true gift of creating characters we either know or wish we knew.... Heart and Soul creates a perfect escape." —The Plain Dealer

Cutting for Stone

The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club

"The most important thing to realize is that everyone is capable of telling a story."
—Maeve Binchy

If you scribble story ideas on the backs of receipts...
If you file away bits of overheard conversation from the coffee shop...
If you've already chosen the perfect pen name...
Well, then the journey has begun!

In this warm and inspiring guide, beloved author Maeve Binchy shares her unique insight to how a best selling author writes: from finding a subject and creating good writing habits to sustaining progress and seeking a publisher.

Whether you want to write stories or plays, humor or mysteries, Binchy prescribes advice for every step with her signature humor and generous spirit. She has called upon other writers, editors, and publishers to add their voices to this treasury of assistance for budding writers and a refreshing dose of encouragement for longtime scribes. And once you are ready, an appendix offers of writing awards and competitions and a selection of websites and literary journals.

New in Trade Paperback
Lark and Termite

Whitethorn Woods

A New York Times Bestseller

"A tour de force.... Binchy is in top form."
The Seattle Times

When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. Father Flynn listens to all those caught up in the conflict, as the men and women of Whitethorn Woods must decide between the traditions of the past and the promises of the future.

"A remarkably gifted writer [and] a wonderful student of human nature." —The New York Times Book Review

Author Video Section

Maeve Binchy's wit and wisdom is a trademark of her unique writing style. In these special video clips she shares her thoughts, advice, and inspiration—a delightful treat for any fan.

Special Opportunity for Reading Group Center Readers

Win Free Books for Your Reading Group's Next Discussion

Vintage/Anchor Books and BookPage are teaming up to find out which books have led to the best reading group discussions. Visit to let us know more about the books that got your group talking. Your group could win up to 10 copies of a Vintage/Anchor title recently selected by BookPage as a Book Club recommendation. The winner will also receive a copy of THE WRITERS' CLUB by Maeve Binchy—a paperback original full of practical advice and encouraging information about writing from one of today's most beloved novelists. 5 runner-ups will also receive a copy of THE WRITERS' CLUB. The contest is open from March 1 to 14.

Find out more at the BookPage website.


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The Maeve Binchy
Author Chat Sweepstakes!

Enter for the chance to win! One group will be chosen at random to win the grand prize of an author chat with Maeve Binchy, and five first prize winners will each receive a copy of The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club.
Click here to enter.


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