Indigo Books & Music ushers in book club season with this year's must-have page turners


    TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - With school routines in place and summer
vacations behind them, Canadians often mark the first days of Fall with
thoughts of indoor activities and seasonal traditions. Whether in person or
online, Canadians of all ages will be gathering in living rooms, coffee shops
- and more recently the web - with the return of their beloved book club or
with a newly formed group of booklover friends. To usher in one of the year's
most literary seasons, Indigo Books & Music is pleased to reveal its
recommended top five reads, specifically chosen for book clubs.
    "We are delighted to announce a captivating collection of fiction and
non-fiction must-reads that have been especially selected for their ability to
spark engaging conversations among book club members of all genres," says Joel
Silver, Chief Merchant, Indigo Books & Music. "Booklovers can look forward to
colourful settings, powerful plots and thought-provoking themes that will
leave no page unturned and no reader untouched."

    Indigo Books & Music Top Five Book Club Selections for 2008-2009:

    -   DeNiro's Game - Rawi Hage
    -   Inside Out Girl - Tish Cohen
    -   The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill
    -   The Flying Troutmans - Miriam Toews
    -   The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson

    Book Clubs Are the New Dinner Party

    Over the last decade - from Oprah's Book Club to Heather's Picks - the
popularity of book clubs has surged across North America and is the newest
platform for social interaction. Men and women alike are realizing that
membership has benefits that go far beyond the stimulation and pleasure of
reading a book. Among recently surveyed Canadian booklovers(1) , 66 per cent
of book club members regard the social element as very important, while 67 per
cent say that they belong to a book club that meets in person. With 88 per
cent of book club sessions lasting more than one hour, members are clearly
engaged in the pleasure of entertaining that comes with many clubs. "Members
value the social aspect of the book club experience as well as the insights
and ideas that group discussions generate," says Joel Silver.
    Whether in-person or online, readers of all ages can join a book club or
even create their own. Indigo Books & Music offers the following easy steps to
jump start a book club experience:

    It's all in the Numbers

    Signing up between six and eight members will guarantee a good assortment
of opinions and conversations, and will avoid an overcrowded chat room.
Creating a group on Indigo's Online Community is an easy way to connect with
readers sharing similar interests in books and themes. Time-crunched
booklovers can provide comments on the club's online page whenever their
schedule permits.

    Democratize Your Book Selection

    Develop a rotating schedule so that each member gets a turn to choose a
book. When it's your turn to pick the book, consider credible sources such as
the book section of your favourite newspaper, or consider Heather's Picks,
guaranteeing a good read or your money back.

    Set the Scene with Style

    When entertaining the club in your home, show off your sense of style by
creating ambiance. For example, candles, tasty snacks and comfortable seating
go a long way in setting the mood. You can also consider food and décor that
either reflects the book's theme or the season. Consider the following items
currently available at select Indigo and Chapters stores nationally:

    -   Paddywax Candles featuring elegant tin and glass candles with
        contemporary fragrance blends. $20.99 and $24.99
    -   Ready-to-serve Chocolate Fondue crocks are perfect for dipping fruit
        or biscuits and the stoneware pot makes it easy to heat and re-heat.
        Available in Milk and Dark Chocolate. $14.99
    -   Keep members warm on a brisk fall evening with delicious loose tea
        blends from Harney & Sons. Choose from an array of flavours,
        including Palace Gardens Chamomile and Canton Green Tea. $14.99

    Come Prepared

    Bringing behind-the-scene information often found in newspaper
interviews, online at or on the author's
website can provoke new ideas and make for more stimulating discussions.

    Indigo Books and Music Inc. is a Canadian company and the largest book
retailer in Canada, operating bookstores in all provinces under the names
Indigo Books and Music, Chapters, and Coles. Indigo operates, an online retailer of books, music, videos, and DVDs. It
is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the
stock symbol IDG.

    (1) Indigo Books & Music Inc. Voices Panel, July 2008

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with a
representative from Indigo, please contact: Jessica Kasparian, Manning Selvage
& Lee (MS&L), O: (416) 847-1303,; Celine Rouzaud,
Manning Selvage & Lee (MS&L), O: (416) 847-1311,

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