Have you always wanted to join a book club but couldn’t find the time? Now’s the perfect time to join our Online Book Club! In this online reading community, you will connect with patrons from neighboring libraries through the enjoyment of reading and discussing books on your own schedule from your own home. All participants will have the opportunity to vote on future reading selections, which may relate to lifelong learning, social issues, literature, psychology and other user-submitted ideas. There is no cost to participate—you just have to register and get a copy of the book from your preferred source.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara Thursday, July 23–Thursday, September 24
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.
Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle’s dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.
Thursday, July 23: Kick-off our reading by responding to our Pre-Reading Question
Thursday, August 6: Finish reading Timeline – Sacramento, 1976-1977
Thursday, August 13: Finish reading Visalia – Orange County, 2000
Thursday, August 27: Finish reading Contra Costa, 1997 – Danville
Thursday, September 3: Finish reading Walnut Creek – Sacramento 1978
Thursday, September 17: Finish the book and prepare for the end-of-book discussion
Thursday, September 24: End-of-book discussion begins
How it works
The book club will connect through a private online forum where members can discuss the current book and connect with each other. In addition to our standard eBook platforms, all participants will be sent a link to a Freading eBook. The group will spend two to three months on each book, so you’ll have plenty of time to read.
There are three main reasons we hope you’ll be excited to participate in our book club:
Gain a stronger connection to your community
Embrace lifelong learning and personal growth
Because reading is good for you!
Watch our Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Erica, give you even more reasons to join!
Erica will walk you through the registration process and help you navigate the landing page.
PBC Guru manages professional book clubs for companies, libraries and alumni associations and will be moderating the group to help make this program a great experience for all. Please email them at email@example.com with any questions or visit their website at www.pbc.guru to see more of what they do.