Named after Mount Holyoke College founder Mary Lyon, The Lyon Review celebrates the finest creative writing from alumnae and faculty, and provides a supportive forum to discuss literature and the writing process. We know there are scores of talented women writers who haven’t yet been published but deserve to be, or have enjoyed publication, and perhaps have even won literary prizes or critical acclaim, but continue to find it difficult to gain a wider audience given the myriad changes and challenges the publishing industry increasingly faces. And there are plenty of newer writers, whether twenty-five or seventy-five , who are just starting to wrestle with their craft. The Lyon Review is dedicated to highlighting the work of the former and helping to inspire the latter.
We know Mt Holyoke alumnae are readers. This is a given. How many of you are in a book club? Or, perhaps the better question is, how many of you are in more than one book club – formal or informal?
I am a poor member of three different book clubs. In these clubs, no one buys hardcover books. In fact, in all three clubs, new books are studiously avoided until the paperback versions come out. In recent years, there are many more e-readers coming to meetings and in all three groups, I’d say about 25% of members are getting their copies from the library. How does that compare with your book clubs?
We would love to hear from you with your answers to this question — if you are in a book club, approximately what percentage of members read the selections from:
A. a hardcover purchase
B. a paperback purchase
C. an e-copy
D. a library copy
E. a borrowed from a friend copy?
Thanks! Pass the word along to your reading friends.