How To Give A Book Talk


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  • An attention grabber is something exciting or interesting that happens in the book that you describe to get your audience's attention and get them interested in hearing more. A cliff hanger is something that leaves the audience on the edge of their seats not knowing what is going to happen next. The book jacket is the book cover that often has a description of what happens in the book and these can often give you examples of style ideas for your book talk. Backs of books also sometimes have similar ideas, or movie trailers (previews) have similar ideas you could follow. I'm talking about the kinds of descriptions like 'Sarah and Tom thought they were going on their dream vacation, but it turned out to be their worst nightmare...' That could be a (cheesy) attention grabber.
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  • on slide 8, what is an attention-grabber, cliff-hanger and a book jacket?
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How To Give A Book Talk

  1. 1. A Survival Guide<br />Book Talks<br />
  2. 2. Know Your Audience<br />Consider the interests of your audience<br />Choose a book with broad rather than narrow appeal<br />Select a book at the reading level of your audience<br />
  3. 3. Book Selection Tips<br />Choose a book you love<br />Never choose a book you haven’t read<br />Select a book that others will enjoy but one they might not otherwise notice<br />
  4. 4. Develop Your Speaking Skills<br />Wear clothes you’ll feel good about that won’t be too distracting<br />Make eye contact with your audience<br />Show your audience you like them and the book by your tone of voice and mannerisms<br />Relax and smile at your listeners<br />Practice in front of a mirror<br />
  5. 5. Presentation Format: Introduction<br />Display the book, stating the title and author<br />Tell the genre and author details if possible<br />Discuss the setting of the book<br />Introduce the main character(s) and your opinions of them<br />
  6. 6. Presentation Format: Continued<br />Briefly discuss the conflict of the book—but never reveal the resolution; you have to “hook” your readers<br />Give your opinion of the book’s theme<br />State why you would recommend this book or to what audience you would recommend it<br />Never book talk a book you wouldn’t recommend<br />
  7. 7. Pointers<br />Limit your book talk to under five minutes<br />Try to relate an interesting event from the book that is typical of the entire book<br />Make the book talk interesting so that your audience will want to read the book <br />Do not reveal the conclusion of the book—let your listeners read the book to find out what happens for themselves<br />
  8. 8. Recommendations<br />Remember: A book talk is not a review; think of it like a movie trailer<br />Start with an attention-grabber<br />End with a cliff-hanger<br />Make an outline on paper<br />Read the book jacket or book reviews for ideas<br />Practice!<br />