Have you ever been in the middle of reading a great book and longed to discuss it with someone who's reading it, too? This month, we're inviting readers to join us in a little experiment, the Salon Reading Club. We've selected Justin Cronin's much-anticipated novel, "The Passage," to be our inaugural pick, but this isn't your typical online book group. Here's how it works:
Each week for the next three weeks, we'll discuss one portion of the book at a time, as we read it. We'll speculate about what might happen next, debate how the novel's characters are changing, and thrash out which themes and ideas have most captured our imagination. Our aim is to foster a richer, more interesting encounter with the book by sharing our responses while we're reading, not just after we've finished.
Here's the schedule for the Salon Reading Club for Justin Cronin's "The Passage."
Saturday, June 12: Pages 1 through 246
Saturday, June 19: Pages 247 through 493
Saturday, June 26: Pages 494 through 766
Every Saturday, Salon's book critic Laura Miller will kick off the discussion with a few questions, and the discussion will take place on the comments page. "The Passage" is a long book, but definitely a page-turner, so you might not be able to resist reading ahead of the group! If you do, we ask that you avoid spoiling the experience for the rest of the club by refraining from mentioning anything that happens after the pages under consideration for that week.
Along the way, we'll collect questions for author Justin Cronin. At the end of the month, we'll select the best questions and Cronin will respond to them.
We hope you'll join us next Saturday for the first discussion.
Read Laura Miller's review of "The Passage," by Justin Cronin.