Book Clubs & Events

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The Kurdish Bike is very popular with book clubs. Many public libraries have book club kits, providing a dozen or more copies to local groups. Just ask your librarian.

The author gives free presentations to groups upon request, showing photos of real people in the book and explaining what they are doing today. If you are located near Santa Cruz, California, she will come in person and dress up your members in real Kurdish clothing. Otherwise, talks are delivered via Skype. You can also request a free 17-minute narrated PowerPoint presentation to show your group.

Here are some of the book clubs who have hosted a presentation, or shown the narrated PowerPoint recently:

  • #1 Ladies’ Book Club, Roseville, CA
  • AAUW Evening Bookies, Capitola, CA
  • AAUW Noontime Book Club, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Ann Novick’s Book Club, Soquel, CA
  • Antonelli Court Reading Group, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Aptos Public Library Reading Club, Aptos, CA
  • Aromas Ladies Literary Society, Aromas, CA
  • Author Speaks Event, Branciforte Public Library, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Bags of Books Discussion Group, San Jose, CA
  • Barbara’s Book Club, North Bellmore, NY (narrated PPt)
  • Ben Lomond Book Gals, Ben Lomond, CA
  • Best Book Club Ever (BCCE), Simi Valley, CA (narrated PPt)
  • Book Dames, Menlo Park, CA
  • Book & Blender Club, Chicago, IL (via Skype)
  • Books And Banter Eating Scrumptiously (BABES), Roseburg, OR
  • Books & Sauce (BS) Book Club, Rogers, AR (narrated PPt)
  • Books Inc. Bookstore, Chestnut Store, San Francisco, CA
  • Bridgton Court Book Club, Los Altos, CA
  • Brookdale Retirement Community, Seattle, WA
  • Brown Bag Bibliophiles, UCSC Women’s Club, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Capitola Bookies at the Library, Capitola, CA
  • Channing House Community Lecture Series, Palo Alto, CA
  • Chapter Chicks, Savannah, GA (narrated PPt)
  • Carol Walker’s Book Friends, New Almaden, CA
  • Corralitos Women’s Club, Corralitos, CA
  • Decem Doctae, Des Moines, IA
  • Dining for Women Bookie Gals, Carmel, CA
  • Etiel’s Friends, Santa Cruz, CA
  • First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, CA
  • Ft. Worth Ladies’ Book Club, Ft. Worth, TX (narrated PPt)
  • Great Ladies of the Palisades, Pacific Palisades, CA
  • Greatwood Book Group, Alpharetta, GA (Skype)
  • Harbor Oaks Neighborhood, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Humanists of Monterey Bay, Monterey, CA
  • Humanists of Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA
  • Ingrid’s Fundraiser for Kurdish Village, Santa Cruz, CA
  • International Book Club, Contra Costa County, CA
  • Jeannie’s Thoughtful Readers, Aptos, CA
  • Jill’s Reading Club, Soquel, CA
  • Joani’s Literary Friends, Live Oak, CA
  • Kathie’s High School Alumni Book Club, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Kelly’s Book Store, Watsonville, CA (Meet the Author event, signing)
  • La Selva Beach Public Library, La Selva Beach, CA PUBLIC
  • Literary Ladies’ Wine + Limoncello Book Club, Aptos, CA
  • Live Oak Public Library, Santa Cruz, CA  PUBLIC
  • Liz’s Hike and Horse Friends, Aptos, CA
  • Lompico Ladies’ Book Club, Felton, CA
  • Los Altos Literary Ladies, Los Altos, CA
  • Los Altos Rotary Club, Los Altos, CA
  • Louden Nelson Book Discussion Group, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Lovely Ladies of Seabright Beach, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Mel’s Mountain Gals, Ben Lomond, CA
  • More Than a Book Club, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Mountain Book Club, Boulder Creek, CA
  • Mt. Diablo Dames, Contra Costa County, CA
  • No Guilt Book Group, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Northgate Plaza Retirement Association, Seattle, WA
  • Northshore Ladies’ Book Club, Mountlake Terrace, WA (Skype)
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Concept Exchange, UC Santa Cruz, CA
  • OWLS Lecture Series, Trinity Episcopal Parish, Menlo Park, CA
  • Peach Tree Readers, Peachtree City, GA (Skype)
  • Pearl Earring Book Cub, Los Altos, CA
  • PEO Chapter UK, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Porter Memorial Library, Local Author Series Speaker, Soquel, CA
  • Poway Book Club, Poway, CA
  • Rotary Club of Capitola and Aptos, Aptos, CA
  • Southwood Bookclub Points North and South, Mt. Vernon, VA (Skype)
  • Spruce Financial Employees Book Club, San Francisco, CA (Skype)
  • Stanford Wives Book Club, Palo Alto, CA
  • Stonegate Bookclub, Davis, CA (narrated PPt)
  • Sue’s No Name Book Club, Soquel, CA
  • Surf City Book Club, Live Oak, CA
  • Summit Hills Book Club, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
  • Tavares Book Club, Tavares, FL (narrated PPt)
  • The Blue Panties, Scotts Valley, CA
  • The Book Clubbers, Alameda, CA
  • The Book Five, Santa Cruz, CA
  • The Bookeez, Monroe, NJ (narrated PPt)
  • The Bookettes, Santa Cruz, CA
  • The Bookies, Aptos, CA
  • The Happy Bookers, UCSC Women’s Club, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Tidewater Book Club, Bradenton, FL (Skype)
  • Toni’s Book Friends, West Linn, OR (narrated PPt)
  • Thunderbirds Single Seniors, Carmel, CA
  • UCSC Author Night for Undergrads, Cowell College, UC Santa Cruz, CA
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Monterey Bay, CA
  • Wood Family Book Club, International (via Skype)

Upcoming Appearances:

Christiane’s Book Club, Santa Cruz, CA

Nancy’s Book Club, Santa Cruz, CA

Discussion Questions for your book club

Kurdish Recipes in case your group wants to prepare an authentic meal

… and even had an autumn centerpiece featuring blue bicycles…. and even had an autumn centerpiece featuring blue bicycles.

The Literary Ladies Book and Limoncello Club gave blue-bicycle sachets as favors at their Kurdish Bike event …

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