The Wall Street Journal Starts Book Club Led by Notable Authors

The Wall Street Journal Starts Book Club Led by Notable Authors

The Wall Street Journal is venturing into territory a little less financial and a little more literary with the launch of a new book club.

Unlike other book clubs, the discussions in the WSJ book club will be led by noted authors who will guide readers through some of their favorite books. The author leading the club's inaugural selection is Eat, Pray, Love's Elizabeth Gilbert, who will discuss Hillary Mantel's 2009 epic, Wolf Hall.

Wolf Hall tells the familiar story of Henry VIII at the height of his power through the eyes of his chief minister, Thomas Cromwell. The book features backstabbing, greed, murder, secret affairs and plenty of deception. For Wall Street Journal readers, this is probably pretty familiar territory.

In an interview given to the paper, Gilbert explains her reasoning for picking the book:

It's one of the greatest stories in history. Henry VIII. There's hardly a better tale of intrigue. It's sex and politics and power and madness and violence. It's Game of Thrones. It's got everything that you could possibly want...I know that our century is young, but certainly nobody has written a better book yet in the 21st century.

After Glibert's discussion of Wolf Hall concludes, the club will move on to discussions led by Neil Gaiman, who will talk about James Thurber's The 13 Clocks, and Gillian Flynn, who has yet to name her selection.

Who would you like to see lead a discussion?

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words January 14, 2014 - 9:33am

Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, or Thomas Pynchon, in no particular order.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine January 14, 2014 - 9:59am

Pynchon would be such a coup. Hey, he was on The Simpsons. And he wouldn't have to show his face.

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didldidi January 14, 2014 - 11:02am

And we already know he's a big fan of blurbing.