The Goodreads Book Club Donates 5,000 Books to First Book

Posted by Patrick Brown on August 3, 2011
The inaugural Goodreads Book Club culminated last night with a one-hour video chat with author Jennifer Egan. 2,000 people watched the chat live, and many of them had their questions answered on camera by the Pulitzer Prize-winner. Among the many topics discussed were her influences as a writer, how her view of the novel as a from has evolved, how she came up with the intricate structure of A Visit from the Goon Squad, and whether she has a never-ending playlist of songs with pauses in them (she doesn't). You can watch the chat in full on the video chat page.

Egan also announced the winner and runner up in our Slide Show Story Contest. For the winner, she chose "Where Dads Go: A story for my unborn child" by Jennifer Baker as the Grand Prize winner. Ms. Baker will receive a Barnes & Noble NOOK Color. The runner-up was "Criminal Consultation" by Stephanie Long. Ms. Long will receive a Kobo eReader. Congratulations to both winners, and thanks to everyone who entered the contest and voted in the poll. To view all of the entries, check out the Slide Show Story Contest page.

Throughout the Goodreads Book Club, we've partnered with First Book to donate books to kids in need. Now that the book club is over, we wanted to say thank you to the more than 38,000 people who added A Visit from the Goon Squad to their shelves. Even though we didn't quite reach our goal of 50,000 books added, we are thrilled to announce that we will be donating the full 5,000 books to First Book. Thank you all so much for your support and enthusiasm. Thanks to you, thousands of children will get to fall in love with reading!

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the first Goodreads Book Club. It was a great success and a fun way to bring the Goodreads community together.


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