My girlfriend Leane, who lives much to far from me, has been part of a book club for years. I'm often envious of the social aspect of being in a book club but I have to be honest. I don't enjoy reading (all that much). The only time I remember devouring books was in junior high, when Sweet Valley High was all the rage. Don't judge me, if you're my age you know exactly what I'm talking about. As an adult, I've read books on vacation or taken them along on business trips but lapping up the pages of a novel is not something I do regularly.
Knowing this, I still got invited to be a part of a book club. Warned the ladies right off the top, that I'm in it more for the night out than the book. It wasn't an issue, so I was all I'm IN! The most recent book club choice was 419 by Giller Award winning Will Ferguson. The ladies all gather on a cold and wintery April Saturday night, some were all cozied up in their pj's even, and we had a pot luck Cafe Rio feast too (I get all drooly just thinking about the food - but that's another post).
It wasn't long before the conversation around the book got very interesting, I was intently listening to what everyone thought of the book ... when ding dong, a late comer arrives. Who is said late comer? If it wasn't Will Ferguson himself. WOW. He told us all about how the book came to be, how he researched it, how he felt about it. He was funny and entertaining and totally interactive. Asked the ladies questions, and in turn answered every one of theirs. And no, I didn't admit to him that I *gasp* hadn't read the book.
Our lovely hostess Catherine with Will.
As soon as he left, I sent Leane a text saying "next time I say I'm going to book club, but don't read the book, remind me that you never know who is going to show up at these things!".
I'm reading the book now, perhaps it's even more interesting to me after meeting Will, and I'm really enjoying it. I promise I will do book club better, next time.