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. [This will resume after COVID restrictions ease.] Otherwise, talks are delivered via Skype or Zoom. You can request a free 17-minute narrated PowerPoint presentation to show your group, and the author will join on Zoom afterwards to answer live questions if schedules permit.

Here are some of the book clubs, libraries and bookstores 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
  • Advent Lutheran Church Book Club, Mill Creek, WA (Zoom)
  • Adventures in Reading, Lakewood, OH (narrated PPt)
  • 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
  • Awesome Women’s Book Group, Gilroy, CA
  • Bags of Books Discussion Group, San Jose, CA
  • Barbara’s Book Club, North Bellmore, NY (narrated PPt)
  • Beach Babes Book Club (BBBC), Santa Cruz, CA
  • Ben Lomond Book Gals, Ben Lomond, CA
  • Best Book Club Ever (BCCE), Simi Valley, CA (narrated PPt)
  • Bestsellers Browsers, Capitola, CA
  • Blue Stockings Book Club, San Rafael, CA (narrated PPt)
  • Book & Blender Club, Chicago, IL (via Skype)
  • Book Club of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Book Dames, Menlo Park, CA
  • Book Hounds, Southern Pines, NC (narrated PPt)
  • BookClub Babes of Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI (narrated PPt)
  • Bookies, Lakewood, OH (narrated PPt)
  • Books And Banter Eating Scrumptiously (BABES), Roseburg, OR
  • Books & Butter Dinner Club, Marlton, NJ (Zoom)
  • Books & Sauce (BS) Book Club, Rogers, AR (narrated PPt)
  • Books Inc. Bookstore, Chestnut Store, San Francisco, CA
  • Bookworms Book Club, Paphos, Cyprus (narrated PPt)
  • Brandon Mill Woods Book Club, Sandy Springs, GA
  • Bridgton Court Book Club, Los Altos, CA
  • Brookdale Retirement Community, Seattle, WA
  • Brothers & Sisters of Lower Circle, Carmel Valley, CA
  • Brown Bag Bibliophiles, UCSC Women’s Club, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Capitola Bookies at the Library, Capitola, CA
  • Carol Walker’s Book Friends, New Almaden, CA
  • Cascade Crest Book Club, Marysville, WA (Zoom)
  • Channing House Community Lecture Series, Palo Alto, CA
  • Chapter Chicks, Bucks County, PA (narrated PPt and Zoom)
  • Chapter Chicks, Savannah, GA (narrated PPt)
  • Christiane’s Book Circle, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Cornfield Gals Book Club, Oswego, IL (narrated PPt)
  • Corralitos Women’s Club, Corralitos, CA
  • Cruzin’ Ladies, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Cuesta Park Book Club, Mountain View, CA
  • Decem Doctae, Des Moines, IA
  • Dining for Women Bookie Gals, Carmel, CA
  • Etiel’s Friends, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Fielding Girls’ Book Club, NY and TX (narrated PPt)
  • First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, CA
  • Foreign Service Book Gals, Falls Church, VA (narrated PPt)
  • Fort Worth Ladies’ Book Club, Ft. Worth, TX (narrated PPt)
  • FRESH Ladies, Easton, NH (narrated PPt)
  • Friends and Books (FAB), Los Altos, CA (narrated PPt)
  • Germantown Academy Bookies, Fort Washington, PA (narrated PPt)
  • Great Ladies of the Palisades, Pacific Palisades, CA
  • Greatwood Book Group, Alpharetta, GA (Skype)
  • Harbor Oaks Neighborhood, Santa Cruz, CA
  • High Desert Bookworms, Susanville, CA (narrated PPt)
  • 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
  • International Women’s Club Book Group, Wilmington, DE (narrated PPt)
  • 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
  • Lakeway Book Club, Lakeway, TX (narrated PPt, Zoom)
  • Lisa’s Westside Book Friends, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Lit Lovers, El Dorado Hills, CA (narrated PPt)
  • 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
  • Monarch School Reading Club, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Monday Night with the Bookies, Morgantown, WV
  • More Than a Book Club, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Mountain Book Club, Boulder Creek, CA
  • Mt. Diablo Dames, Contra Costa County, CA
  • Nevada Book Wormers, Reno, NV
  • Nevertheless, They Persisted, CA, CO, OR, TX, VA
  • No Guilt Book Group, Santa Cruz, CA
  • North Chapel Book Club, Woodstock, VT (Zoom)
  • 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
  • Pleasure Point Neighborhood Readers, Live Oak, CA
  • Porter Memorial Library, Local Author Series Speaker, Soquel, CA
  • Poway Book Club, Poway, CA
  • Priscilla’s Female Author Reading Club, Soquel, CA
  • Robin’s Readers, Brandywine, PA (Zoom)
  • Rotary Club of Capitola and Aptos, Aptos, CA
  • Sacramento Stanford Alumni Assoc. Book Club, Sacramento, CA (narrated PPt, Zoom)
  • Sharlene’s Reading Club, Peachtree City, GA (Skype)
  • SheReads, Cachagua, Carmel Valley, CA
  • Silicon Valley Reads, Mountain View, CA (Zoom, public)
  • Southwood Bookclub Points North and South, Mt. Vernon, VA (Skype)
  • Spruce Financial Employees Book Club, San Francisco, CA (Skype)
  • St. Ives Bookclub, Johns Creek, GA (narrated PPt)
  • 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 Club (With No Name), Twin River Valley, Bode, Iowa (narrated PPt)
  • 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 Bookies, Savannah, GA (narrated PPt)
  • The Happy Bookers, UCSC Women’s Club, Santa Cruz, CA
  • The Happy Bookers, Ventura, CA (narrated PPt, Zoom)
  • The Kurdish Library, Stockholm, Sweden (presentation and book signing)
  • The Mudrunners, Tacoma / Gig Harbor, WA (narrated PPt)
  • The Novel Ideas Book Club, Missouri City, TX (narrated PPt, Zoom)
  • The Novel Women, Valparaiso, IN (narrated PPt, Zoom)
  • The Rambling Readers, Capitola, CA
  • The Spinoffs, 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
  • UCSC Cowell College Authors’ Panel, UC Santa Cruz, CA
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Monterey Bay, Monterey, CA
  • Villa Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Village Readers, Hudson, OH (narrated PPt, Zoom)
  • Wood Family Book Club, International (via Skype)
  • Women, Words & Wine, Castle Rock, CO (narrated PPt, Zoom)
  • Yankee Bookshop Book Club, Woodstock, VT (narrated PPt, Zoom)

Upcoming Appearances:

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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