VIA Page Turners Book Club
Have you heard? VIA is launching a new book club!
Looking forward to curling up with a good book this winter? Longing to get out and socialize with other like-minded book lovers? Love staying up all night because you can't stop turning the pages of your latest read? Then we invite you to join our new book club, fittingly titled the VIA Page Turners.
The VIA Page Turners is a book club of VIA Public Media, the NPR and PBS affiliate station of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.
In alignment with the mission of VIA, the purpose of the Page Turners is to educate, inspire, entertain, and promote diverse cultures and perspectives. While we plan to highlight PBS and NPR programming, we aim to enrich our commitment to the arts, support our local libraries, and bring people together.
The Page Turners book club will take place across multiple platforms including on social media, on radio, and at in-person events. To become a Page Turner, all you need to do is start participating. The book club is free and open to everyone!
How can you join the new book club?
It’s free and simple! To become a VIA Page Turner, participate by:
- Join us at our kickoff and finale events
- Participate in weekly discussion on social media
- Tune in to VIA Radio
- Form your own discussion groups with friends or at your local library
- Attend special "beyond the book" opportunities - events you won't want to miss
Join the Page Turners Email List
It's the best way to stay in-the-know with everything going on in the book club! We will send periodic updates about our current book selection, interesting and fun articles that coincide with our selection and other NPR and PBS programming, news about exciting upcoming book club events, and more!
Spring Book Selection
Our second book selection is The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.
From the author of Me Before You, the Giver of Stars is set in Depression-era America and tells the breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.
Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.
The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.
What happens to them—and to the men they love—becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.
Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic—a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.
We encourage you to join in the discussion on our VIA Page Turners Facebook Group! Not on Facebook? Feel free to leave your thoughts and observations in the Comments Section below.