“Meeting with a book club is a more intimate experience. Questions turn into conversations”
— Christina Baker Kline, author ORPHAN TRAIN



Your book group has just finished a fascinating book, and you've got a lot of questions. How did the story come about? How was it written? Were there personal experiences that influenced it? Did the author intend for the reader to feel this, or believe that?

You know what would be cool? Inviting the author to join your discussion. And no, we don't mean on the phone, or even via Skype. We mean, you know, ringing the doorbell, walking on in, sitting on down, and having the kind of person-to-person conversation that just never happens. 

Well, this is how it happens. For our flat fee ($600) BOOKTHEWRITER will send an author to your book group in NYC and surrounding areas*, whether it meets in a living room at home, a common room at your library or club, or a conference room at work -- a truly special experience for readers. Once you've decided whom to invite, we'll work with you and the author to find a date that's good for everyone, and send you an invoice for BOOKTHEWRITER’s fee. When the day or evening arrives, the author will join your group to talk about the book, answer questions, and share the story behind the story.

Having the author there in the room with you changes the book group experience utterly. Instead of wondering what the novelist was thinking when she created a character or situation, you can ask. You might hear that a non-fiction project grew out of a short story, or a biography began life as a novel, or that a long and complex work of fiction started life as an article for a magazine about something that seems entirely unrelated. You might learn how like the author you are, or how very different, or you might discover a connection to the writer or the work in a thoroughly surprising way. You might end up baking cookies with Amanda Hesser, talking clothes with Ilene Beckerman, peeking behind the scenes of The Real Housewives of New York City with Carole Radziwill, reliving the glory days of Spy Magazine with Kurt Andersen or hearing the song Suzzy Roche wrote for the rock star protagonist of her novel. And while many of our authors draw large crowds at book signings, try having a substantive conversation about their work when there are people in line behind you waiting to have their books signed!

“A BOOKTHEWRITER book group is experiential, adding a tangibly different aspect to appreciating a book.”
— Book group host

Not sure which author to choose? We feel your pain.  

There are so many phenomenal writers on our list, and they've written so many great books! Katha Pollitt’s passionate polemic on abortion rights or preppy everything with Lisa Birnbach? An Orphan Train rider with Christina Baker Kline or a pioneering transgender painter with David Ebershoff? Memoirs about John F. Kennedy Jr. from Carole Radziwill or Christina Haag? Or maybe you feel like discussing Jerome Robbins, Norman Rockwell, David Foster Wallace, Philip Roth or Wendy Wasserstein with their biographers, talking about food with Amanda Hesser or discussing poetry with our current Poet Laureate...

Start with an author type (fiction writers, poets, biographers, food writers, humor writers, non-fiction & memoir authors) look for a favorite author, browse our newest publications (above) or just ask us! (We live to make recommendations...)

* Most, but not all, of our authors are willing to travel to NJ, CT, Westchester and Long Island. Additional fees to cover travel may be charged.