Boston Book Festival 2021 Boston Book Festival 2021

The Care and Feeding of Book Clubs

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Callie Crossley
Sunday, October 17 | virtual

Callie Crossley hosts Under the Radar with Callie Crossley and shares radio essays each Monday on GBH’s Morning Edition. She hosts Basic Black, which focuses on current events impacting communities of color, and she appears weekly on Beat the Press, examining local and national media coverage. Crossley has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Gold Baton DuPont Columbia award, a national Edward R. Murrow Award, a national Emmy and an Oscar nomination for her producer work on Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years. She was awarded two Harvard Fellowships and serves as on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Wellesley College.

Woods Seney
Saturday, October 17 | virtual

Wedly "Woods" Seney is a monthly facilitator of a book club and a volunteering dad for the Daddy & Me Literacy Program (www.daddyandmeboston.com). the Daddy & Me Literacy Program – Boston seeks to instill the love of reading in our young ones (target ages 3–7, but all are welcomed) and to encourage fellowship among men and dads of color. The Daddy & Me Program was founded in 2018 by The Late Great Marzuq Muhammad. A committee of family and friends have grabbed the baton since the passing of Marzuq and continued this amazing program. The group currently meets every third Sunday from 11am-12pm via Zoom. Since it was established in 2018, the group has donated over 500 books to our little ones. 

Akunna Eneh
Sunday, October 17 | virtual


Akunna Eneh is the Programs and Community Outreach Librarian for the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library. They have worked for the Boston Public Library for thirteen years.

Cynthia Haynes
Sunday, October 17 | virtual

Cynthia Haynes, born & raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the facilitator of Word By Word Book Club, a private book club of women that meet every third Friday. The group, which has been going strong since 2016, enjoys reading and discussing an array of genres around a table of good food and good wine and on occasion, Haynes has been known to contact the author of the book to join their lively discussions. Haynes also volunteers at the Cambridge Public Library Literary Program for Adults.


Maybe you’ve toyed with the idea of launching a book club but don’t know where to start. Or perhaps your long-time book club has grown a bit stale . . . or downright dysfunctional. In this session, veteran book club members and facilitators Callie Crossley, Cynthia Haynes, and Woods Seney will offer their tips for book club success, share ideas for getting your book club back on the same page (as it were), and perhaps let us know what their book groups have been reading (and snacking on) lately. Bring your questions, cautionary tales, and success stories for this lively conversation, moderated by Akunna Eneh of the Boston Public Library’s Roxbury branch.