Throwing a Book Party

When I ask people what they think of me throwing a book party, mostly I get asked, “What’s a book party?”

“It’s kind of like a birthday party for a book,” I reply.

“I’ve never been to one. But it sounds fun!” is usually the response.

Well, to be honest, I’ve never been to one before, either. But, shhh, don’t tell anyone. I’m planning a book party and I don’t have a clue what I’m up to! Books take years to write, months to edit, design, lay out, proofread, and set up for publication. So when it’s finally published, it’s party time. Welcome to the world, Little Book. Book parties vary a lot from potluck style, don’t cost anything, let’s just hang out and be happy together to Big Extravaganzas with Live Music, Catered Food & Drinks, and Fancy Venues. Book Parties are also called Book Launches, which makes me feel a little nervous. What if my launch fizzles and the Shuttle doesn’t fly? What if nobody comes? What if it’s boring? What if …

So, I sat down and wrote a list of what I might like to do

Theme: Africa and or Books. Really? How original.

Colors: no idea.

Activities: A Photo Booth with costumes, Pin the Tail on the Zebra,  Book Trailer playing somewhere, Africa Music playing

Brief Reading, Talk, Q&A: ask anything you want to. I may or may not answer.

Book Selling & Signing

Food: So far I’ve got some yummy European style chocolates and pastries.

Drink: Coffee from Africa of course.

So that’s how far I’ve gotten. Which doesn’t seem like much. But it’s a start. And I’m kind of freaking out about it, not being the big party girl open house lover sort of person. I’ve read a dozen blogs on how to plan a great book party. Accordingly, here is what I (might) still have to do:

Find a Venue, Plan the space, Order books

Find people to help me with food, drinks, pics, etc.

Make SWAG bags (?) Make book marks (?) Do some door prizes (Give away a few books. Again: How Original!)

Make a sign or two to hang up, Plan more food, finger-foods, maybe cake? Make it festive. Decorations?

Good  thing my book won’t be here for another month. Looks like the party is going to take a little more party planning.

If you were coming to a book party, what would you like to be going on?

 Photo: Harold Ball, on his birthday, Mongu Zambia, 1980s

Jill Kandel
  • Harold Ball
    Posted at 20:30h, 10 December Reply

    Well, that party was quite a few years ago!
    Congratulations again Jill…I’d like to be at the party….can we have it on SKYPE?

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 09:28h, 11 December Reply

      Yes, it was a few years ago. I always loved that picture. I wish you could come, too. Guess I’ll just have to post a host of party pictures instead. Miss you guys!

  • Gianna
    Posted at 13:38h, 19 December Reply

    Let me add to your list:
    Inform GG when date is solid.
    Inform GG how she can help.
    Await GG’s eager response.
    Let me know when ya gots that did.

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