January 31, 2011
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Emerson Brown, NPR


   

NPR BOOKS READS "UNBROKEN" WITH AUTHOR LAURA HILLENBRAND

SOCIAL MEDIA BOOK CLUB OFFERS READERS CHANCE TO INTERACT WITH AUTHOR

PARTICPATE AT NPR.ORG/BOOKCLUB

Join bestselling author Laura Hillenbrand and NPR Books for a month-long event – a book club meets social-media experiment. The online book club gives booklovers the opportunity to get perspective from the author as they read Unbroken. NPR will be jumpstarting conversations about the book on Facebook, Twitter and NPR.org throughout February, culminating in a live chat with Hillenbrand at the end of the month. Full details on participating can be found at NPR.org: www.npr.org/bookclub

Throughout February, NPR Books will post Hillenbrand's research photographs, notes on writing Unbroken and other insights into at her creative process. Book club participants will be able to "Talk to Laura" as they read her book on NPR Books' Facebook page, and Hillenbrand will also engage with readers on Twitter.

Hillenbrand is the author of the current #1 New York Times bestseller Unbroken. Her previous nonfiction work, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; won the Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award; landed on more than 15 best-of-the-year lists; and inspired the film Seabiscuit.

NPR Books – NPR.org/books – has a monthly audience of more than a million people and is specifically designed to help a busy audience find great reads. NPR Books combines the best of NPR's radio interviews and news with original Web reviews, commentaries and bestseller lists. It includes popular recurring series, such as "What We're Reading," which features NPR staff picks of new titles with candid comments from our reporters, hosts and critics; “Books We Like,” in which well-known authors share passionate recommendations; and "My Guilty Pleasure," revealing books notable writers love but are embarrassed to be seen reading.