Why Not Your Mother's Book Club is made of AWESOME!!

Being a blogger takes a lot of time and hard work. It is not an easy task but we do so because of our increased interest and dedication. Many of us who blog about books do so because we adore everything related to books; we want to read them, review them and discuss them with anyone who is willing to listen. Despite our adoration and dedication our efforts can sometimes be overlooked and unappreciated, but that is not the case with NYMBC aka Not Your Mother's Book Club. For those of you not from the San Francisco, bay area and familiar with this amazing organization I will share with you what this group is all about.

Books Inc., the West’s oldest independent bookstore, started Not Your Mother’s Book Club with one big idea: to bring the best writers in the world to the best readers in the world. And we're not REALLY a club. That's just our name, and really, what's in a name? We're actually just an inclusive bunch of PASSIONATE readers who get to hang out with the coolest authors on the scene!
We throw parties, eat snacks and read, read, read, read, read...
We also have a lot of fun ... and we invite you to join us.
Yay books!

Sound too good to be true? Believe it or not NYMBC at Books Inc. is just that good. Not only do they have an amazing staff that love to discuss books and make you feel like part of their family but they also have the best book signing events in the area. Their attention to detail at each event is clearly evident and the snacks are always delicious and welcome. Not Your Mother's Book Club has been under the leadership of Maggie Tokuda-Hall (The BEST person ever!) for the past few years and she is now taking this group in a new direction, one that utilizes and encourages the YA book bloggers from all over the bay area. 

Bloggers are now asked to participate by interviewing some of their best-loved authors, thus giving us an opportunity we might never have otherwise and in the process we also get to promote our favorite book store. NYMBC has a BLOG that not only informs everyone about upcoming events but it also posts those reviews and interviews from local bloggers and these posts are also shared on their FACEBOOK page thus creating exposure for both parties involved. 

Tara, Me, Mindy, Patricia, Jaime, Debbie and Jean with Bree Despain,Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton
 Tara with Brodi Ashton post interview. Note the cheesymccheese grin:)
Brodi Ashton and Tara from Tater's Tall Tales

 Please check out her HAWT interview and Giveaway.

Patricia and Jaime during their interview with Cynthia Hand
Patricia and Jaime of Two Chicks on Books with Cynthia Hand
 Please check out their interview plus Giveaway.

I love this picture of Mindy and Bree
Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads with Bree Despain

I had to add this picture because it was so cute
Anna from Literary Exploration with Jandy Nelson, Kevin Emerson, Daisy Whitney, Cat Patrick and Jay Asher

A few pictures to show you how NYMBC knows how to throw a party
A Bucket of Awesome Event
A very bloody evening
Crowns fit for a Printz

If you are not a blogger please do not feel left out because NYMBC presents attendee's with opportunities to win books and swag before and during events. If interested (and how could you not be) please checkout @NYMBC on twitter, FACEBOOK , BLOG or by attending one of their future events.

Thank you, Maggie for making us all feel like family :)
and for loving books as much as we do

3 comments on "Why Not Your Mother's Book Club is made of AWESOME!!"

Bookluvr Mindy wrote: May 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

I absolutely LOVE this post! Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! And YES I totally agree with you!

Tara wrote: May 31, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Buahahahah aha oh man that is beyond fantastic!! Seriously!! Maggie is amazing with these events and blows me away every time!
And you made me McCheese all over your post!!

Two Chicks On Books wrote: May 31, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Fantastic post!! I agree, their events totally rock!! I'm looking forward to the next event I will be attending :)

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I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is always best to verify any event prior to attendance.


STACEY LEE Launch Party
Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Thursday, May 26 @ 7pm


June 4&5 in downtown Berkeley
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Books Inc. in SF OPERA PLAZA
Tuesday, June 7 @ 7pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, June 8 @ 7pm

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Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Friday, June 10 @ 7pm


Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Friday, June 10 @ 6pm


Barnes and Noble in Emeryville
Friday, June 10 @ 7pm

Barnes and Noble in Dublin
Saturday, June 11 @ 12 NOON

Barnes and Noble in Roseville
Saturday, June 11 @ 12 NOON


Barnes and Noble in Dublin
Saturday, June 11 @ 2pm


Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Saturday, June 11 @ 4pm

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Barnes and Noble in Dublin
Sunday, June 12 @ 12 Noon and 2:00pm

Barnes and Nobel in Corte Madera
Sunday, June 12 @ 2pm

Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, June 17 @ 6pm

Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Thursday, June 30 @ 7:30pm


Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, July 28 @ 7pm


...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

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