Inside the WBBC
Our cast of characters: 9 witty bon vivants. Each of us has written a story about the WBBC, as well as a bio of ourselves.
You may find, as you get to know us and study our reviews, that there are some who reflect your own book tastes. If so, follow that WBBC-er on Facebook, or reach out via email.
"There is a singular theatre and ritual to a WBBC evening – the gentle sparring and hale of the welcome, the rhythm of the discussion, the challenge of the opinion, the gorgeous aperitifs and culinary treats of the multi-talented Deanna, the beneficence of Mary (the World’s Best Book Club Host), and the fevered anticipation of the next book choice. Book club is all of these things and the promise of more. If asked, I tell friends they don’t know what they’re missing."
"Something happens when a special group of people converge on a Remuera home each month. Debate mixed with wine, laughter during each course, wisdom shared discussing each chapter, and a curiosity so rare that makes this group reminiscent of the famous (or infamous) gathering at The Algonquin!"
"Belonging to the WBBC and about to write.
But, “What hey!” I thought we were the reviewers
Commenting about the ideas and soul that has been written.
But the roles now reverse and so I begin my journey
With something more introspective
For the WBBC to have for dinner.
So it’s the circle completing…almost
As my fate awaits.
Until the critics have critiqued…as suddenly I begin to feel what it is like to be an author"
"When I arrive Mary is seated wearing a fur cape and long pearls. We have agreed to dress in honour of the smart elegance of our chosen book, Rules of Civility. As we walk in Emma offers a choice of martini, pink cocktails or champagne. Hors d'oeuvres include caviar and oysters Kirkpatrick. Deanna produces a stunning and spectacular dinner featuring lobster thermidor. Bathed in goodwill and completely satiated, we disperse into the ordinary night."
"My fine (or: wonderful, excellent, favourite) wife suggested that I might like to join the WBBC too. I responded “Sure” (can’t be too hard, sit around and discuss a book for 10 minutes). The first evening opened my eyes. More than merely the pleasure of reading a book, the club adds considerably; the different interpretations from a group of witty club members; the re-interpretation of my own view having heard these other viewpoints; and of course the FOOD."
Occasionally, we have visits from authors (including some really famous ones!), who have graciously given up their time and a peek inside their muse:
Nalini Singh (NY Times best-selling author) came to discuss Angel’s Blood with us. (Which we ranked with 3.5 full glasses of wine!)
Sarah-Kate Lynch, an early visitor, regaled us with tales of her research and travels through France as we bit into The House of Peine and happily toasted it with 3.5 full glasses of wine:
Nicky Pellegrino brought us to Italy for the first time, leading a suitably high-spirited discussion, for which we also gave Recipe for life 3.5 glasses of full-bodied wine!