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Toronto Closeup: “The Book Club That Changed My Life”

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Sometimes a book can change your life. Sarah Wreford says the Girly Book Club changed hers. As one of the co-hosts of GBC’s 3,200-member Toronto chapter, Wreford, a grade 9-12 schoolteacher, credits the book club with bringing “so many incredible friends into her life. I love meeting with the other chapter hosts at host retreats, love interacting with other members, and love writing book reviews.” Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! She also loves hosting the GBC with one of her closest friends, Sarah Doherty, who does fundraising events for a hospital foundation and who shares Sarah W.’s passion: “I love all the people GBC has brought into my life, from new members bringing in new perspectives to…

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GBC Boston Chapter is a Melting Pot for Out-of-Towners

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A bar and a DJ at a book club meeting? That wasn’t how it was scripted, but it made for one of the more unusual sessions of the Girly Book Club’s Boston Chapter. The chapter is hosted by Lauren Hughes, who moved to Boston from Seattle in early 2017 and was looking to get back into reading more and making friends in her new surroundings. She shares the hosting duties with Hana Vackova. Hughes is a Senior Product Designer at Wayfair, recently married, and has a four-year-old Australian Shepherd named Ludo, after the character from The Labyrinth. The chapter has 2,000 members in its Meetup Group, and the live monthly meetings, which take place religiously the last Monday of every…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 114: On Voice and Writing – Interview with Steven Rowley

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In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Steven Rowley about his bestselling book Lily and the Octopus. They discuss the the various voices that an author has to contend with when developing a novel, from authorial voice to character voice to the critical voices that try to hold you back. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/114.

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Dog Days of Summer: Books for Those Who Love Man’s Best Friend

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They are happy creatures. They are your best friend. And they always want to play — even when you don’t. If you haven’t guessed which furry four-legged creature I’m talking about then you must not be a dog person! Whether you have a companion dog, you’re a doggy foster parent or you’re simply dog-sitting for the week, we all know that at the end of the day these little pups are what get us through some of the hard times. Besides wet kisses and muddy feet, man’s best friend also comes along with some health benefits. After all, having a pet has been known to be emotionally and physically beneficial for ourselves. So here’s the thing: take a trip down to your local adoption…

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