Did you know there is now a Letter Writer’s Alliance book club? Its true! The group is over on Goodreads and Letter Writers Aliiance members and non-members alike are welcome to join. Starting January 27, 2015 (that’s actually yesterday) we will be reading 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff and there will be a discussion live over Google on Sunday, April 12, 2015. I’ve been invited to be one of the panelists, along with Donovan and Kathy that will discuss the book on Google Hangouts live on Sunday, April 12 at 3pm Central Time.
84, Charing Cross Road is a short book of real life letters between the author, a New Yorker and a London bookseller over decades. With fewer than 100 pages its a quick read and if you feel you can’t commit to it, there is a film adaptation starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins that was made in the 80s as well if you want to supplement your reading.
In between your February flurry of letter writing, pick up this book and give it a read then join us in April to discuss it.
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The movie’s good, too…surprisingly so for a novel about a couple of people who write letters to each other…
I haven’t read the book or watched the movie but it does sound interesting. I do enjoy Anne Bancroft movies and thought she was sensational in The Graduate. By the way, I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award and hope you can spare some time to play along 🙂 You can find more info here: http://plannerbug.com/2015/01/the-liebster-award-nomination/
Read the book! How could someone not “commit” to a slim book of engaging letters? I’ve read it, like, 100 times! And all of Hanff’s other books.
Hopkins—Antony Hopkins, not Perkins. |”one of the panelists” (with an “s” at the end)
Thanks for catching my typos. Would you believe in my head I kept saying “Hopkins not Perkins” and then I type it wrong anyway?
It’s a wonderful book. And the movie is fun too. Everyone’s in for a treat.
Love love this book – now checking out your club!
I love this book and the movie! As a member of the Society of Italic Handwriting and their letter exchange for a few years now it always reminds of 84, Charing Cross Rd – becoming friends with many in the UK (and other countries) though never meeting them