Reading is still alive! Books are precious gifts we must not sqander

NEW YORK โ€” September 18, 2008 โ€” The Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) launches its second National Reading Group Month in October 2008 to promote reading groups and to celebrate the joy of shared reading.

WNBA national president Joan Gelfand says, ‘Reading groups are to the literary world what slow food is to our fast food nation. They encourage people to slow down and think deeply about themes, characters, plot. They encourage discourse in a culture where most communication is by text message.’

The organization is collaborating with readers, publishers, trade organizations, bookstores and libraries in annual National Reading Group Month events.

Events featuring reading group favorite authors are planned nationwide in the Association's chapters, including Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and the newly formed Seattle chapter.

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