Thursday, August 30, 2007

September/October Calendar

Here's what I know so far about the September/October Calendar. As soon as the facilitators send me the details of their meetings, I will post them here. I am collecting names for a new East Bay Group. I have seven names already. Contact me at if you would like me to put you in touch with one of the group facilitators, or if you would like to start a new group yourself.

Yikes...looks like we need to start a new SF group too! Let me have your name if you are interested!

Enjoy your summer!

Cynthia K.

Rebel Readers
Next book is The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
October 10 at 6:30 at a Member's House
This group is complete

Next book is Wicked by Gregory Maguire
October 16 at 6:30 at Duboce Park Cafe
This group welcomes new members

Can't Fail Group
Next Book is Picture Palace by Paul Theroux
Next books: Of Mice and Men, Bastard Out of Carolina, and A Christmas Carol
September 29 at 11:00 at Hogs Island Oyster Company
This group is complete

Discovery Group
Next book is Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
Taking a Summer Break in September
October 25 at 6:30 at a Members House
This group is complete

New East Bay Group
I will be collecting names for this new group. I have 7 so far.
Contact me at to add your name to the list.
Half of us are meeting after the speaker on the 19th...join us to help plan the first meeting.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

October 3, 2007 For your Calendars

If you didn't get to hear Betty's List Book Club's first speaker, the remarkable Renate Stendhal, you're in luck. She will be appearing on October 3rd at the Commonwealth Club. I'm really looking forward to interviewing her about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas' controversial relationship.
Cynthia K.





Renate Stendhal, Author, Gertrude Stein In Words and Pictures: A Photobiography

Moderator: Cynthia Lee Katona, Professor, Ohlone College; Author, Book Savvy

Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein’s relationship has been considered in turn shocking, a reason for feminist celebration, critique and the object of intense speculation. This talk will explore how the most famous lesbian couple of modern times has stirred the imagination of readers ever since their salon became “one of the best rooms in the finest museum.” (Hemingway)

595 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 597-6700
Time: 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program
Cost: $8 members, $15 non-members
Program Organizer: Laurie Wagner

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Huge Thanks to Ali Liebegot...Great Reading!

A huge thanks to Ali Liebegot for her terrific reading from her new book The Ihop Papers. And thanks to the members of the Betty's List Book Club for the great turnout. Rachel Herbert and her wonderful staff take such superb care of us!

Betty presides over the traditional door prizes with Karen's assistance.

Terry wins a copy of Book Savvy.

Ali reads to much laughter from The Ihop Papers.

Lee, Betty and Chris give Ali their total attention.

More members enjoying the reading.

Ali tells it like it is.

Jennifer, Melissa and Beth enjoy Ali's reading.

Ali Liebegot, author of The Ihop Papers, with Cynthia Lee Katona, Co-chair of the Betty's book club, and author of Book Savvy