Online magazine the Peach has launched a new monthly book club.
The Peach Book Club launched this month with an online discussion of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (Orion) led by Peach writer and community editor Marisa Siegel. Each monthly discussion will be run like an online forum in which readers can leave comments about the book, and will be facilitated by a different member of the Peach editorial team, who will select the book to be discussed. In March, Peach editor Amelia Grevis-James will lead a discussion of Little Women.
Grevis-James told Books+Publishing that ‘a book club was an attractive idea for the Peach as we are a site focussed on having discussions around a range of issues, and books are the perfect driver of conversation’. ‘I also like the idea of a virtual book club because it is easy to take part in the discussion without actually exerting any effort to physically get yourself anywhere,’ she said.
Grevis-James said that the book club doesn’t have a set formula for selecting books, and rotating book club leaders will hopefully ‘make for a very diverse range of selections and analysis’. ‘The first selection, Gone Girl, was picked by our community editor Marisa Siegel because of its popularity and themes around relationships—something we talk about a lot at the Peach,’ said Grevis-James. ‘I have picked Little Women for next month because I wanted to revisit one of my childhood favourites, and a recent discussion on the Peach about Anne of Green Gables demonstrated to me just how much those classic childhood books can influence your life.’
The Peach, which was launched by Grevis-James in October 2012, is aimed at women and features content about relationships, health, beauty, feminism and body image, among other topics. For more information, visit the website here.