Pan Macmillan and Orkney Library launch Hurricane Book Club

Pan Macmillan and Orkney Library launch Hurricane Book Club

Pan Macmillan and Orkney Library & Archive have joined forces to launch a new joint reading initiative, The Hurricane Book Club.

The Hurricane Book Club will be hosted at Orkney Library, as well as online via its social media channels and through the club's website, complemented by blogs and video broadcasts, with Pan Macmillan's Mantle imprint supplying suggestions for its first three titles.

Supported by Bloody Scotland (Scotland's international crime writing festival) and Scottish Book Trust, the book club will be launched at two events in Orkney during Book Week Scotland on 25th November, at Stromness Library at 3pm and Orkney Library at 7.30pm. 

The first season of the book club will run from January to June 2016, with three titles specially selected by Pan Macmillan’s Mantle publisher, Maria Rejt. They are: The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay, a literary detective novel The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis and The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin, winner of the John Creasey Award for Best First Crime Novel of the Year.

Each of the three Mantle-published titles has a two-month slot culminating in a Hurricane Book Club meeting hosted by Orkney Library. The Book Club meetings will be accompanied by a live broadcast and Twitter discussion, with meetings scheduled for 7pm on 25th February, 28th April and 30th June to discuss each respective title.

Orkney Library, which was named Library of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards, plans to involve readers regardless of where they are based in the book club through its twitter account @orkneylibrary using the hashtag #HurricaneBookClub. There will also be resource packs available on its website, including information about the titles selected as well as advice to readers for setting up their own book club. During each two-month period, there will be blogs posts offering information and insights about these titles and about the publishing industry from the authors, the editor, librarians, jacket designers, agents and from readers. There will be live video broadcasts through @orkneylibrary and #HurricaneBookClub.

Orkney Library’s senior library assistant Stewart Bain said: “With over 20,000 followers for the @OrkneyLibrary Twitter account, and the increasing popularity of e-book lending, online services have become an important part of what we do at Orkney Library & Archive. Hurricane Book Club is an opportunity for our island population to get involved with the discussion of great books even if they can’t come to the meeting in the library. We hope people across the world will join our readers in using #HurricaneBookClub to share their views on these titles.”

Maria Rejt, Mantle publisher, said: “I am delighted that Mantle books have been chosen to launch the first season of the Hurricane Book Club. To be working with a group of librarians who are so passionate about books and so innovative about introducing new authors to their readers is an honour indeed. I am looking forward to visiting Orkney on Thursday 25th February to lead the first Hurricane Book Club meeting.”

Dom Hastings, deneral director, Bloody Scotland added: “Crime writing is a phenomenally successful genre and Bloody Scotland exists to showcase the very best of it, both at our annual festival and throughout the year. For Book Week Scotland, what better way to celebrate the genre than start a conversation about three fantastic titles. We're really pleased to work with Mantle and Orkney Library to explore these books with people as passionate about reading as we are.”