If you are interested in listening in on a book club, Slate Magazine’s audio book club podcast is a great option. About six are produced every year and the selections are a mix of award winners, new releases, and classics. Slate contributors and editors select a book a month in advance so that listeners can read it before the discussion. The book club is distributed as a podcast through iTunes or Feedburner.
The book club participants vary with each book and are often very opinionated about the selection, the discussions are incredibly lively and full of candor. The book selected for June 2012 is Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (click HERE to view the book’s record in the Minuteman Catalog). You can view and download the archives in iTunes and Feedburner, some particularly good discussions from the archives were about Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, and Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein.