Friday, August 07, 2020

Calling All Passionate Readers - Announcing A New Virtual Book Club: 99 Pages

My friend, Rajiv Srinivasan, shares with me a profound love of reading. I was thrilled when I heard from him last week and learned that he would be moderating a new on-line virtual book club called 99 Pages, hosted by YouTube. The concept is simple; each Sunday evening at 7:30 ET/4:30 PT, members will sign onto the YouTube live channel for an hour discussion of the current book selection. Each week, the members are expected to have read 99 pages of the book.

The current book is "Five Days - The Fiery Reckoning of an American City" by Wes Moore with Erica L. Green. The first session of the club took place last Sunday evening. Rajiv had carefully picked four panelists to lead the discussion. Other members of the club were able to chime in via chat with questions and comments.The theme of the book is the five days of rioting and unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the Baltimore Police in 2015. Each panelist had a unique perspective, which led to a well balanced discussion. Rajiv did a fine job of balancing the contributions of the four panelists with the chat comments and questions that the larger group was contributing.

Here is Rajiv's description of his vision for 99 Pages:

"99pages is on a mission to make reading FUN and ACHIEVABLE for everyone. Each week, we read no more than 99 pages of a book, and discuss on a livestream bookclub broadcast with expert panelists and Q&A. Subscribe at"

On behalf of Rajiv, I invite you to sign up and join us this Sunday evening - even if you have not already had a chance to procure "Five Days." You will benefit from the discussion, and can catch up with the book next week.

ex libris!