Alice Osborn's Book ClubThe Wonderland Book Club is now in its fifth year and every meeting boasts fantastic turn-outs—probably the best ever in the history of this book club. Not only do we host North Carolina authors every month and discuss their books, we also gather and share publication leads, locate critique groups, and buy/sell books and services with each other. The members are now a book club family and look forward to the last Friday of every month from 10-noon.

Hosting the author “live” gives members backstage access to authors they may not otherwise have and gives them opportunities to read genres they may have overlooked. Plus, when we host an author, we take that author to lunch so the conversation can continue! This past year we’ve hosted Margaret A. Harrell, Katherine Scott Crawford, Pat MacEnulty, Wendy Perriman, and Joseph Mills. Upcoming author appearances include Steve Gilbert and Kala Ambrose.

I love it when our authors say that the Wonderland Book Club readers ask hard-hitting questions and love delving into characters, setting, plot and theme. Many of our members are writers, but many are not—but they are very good readers who place stickies on the book’s pages and underline their favorite passages.

Want to join? We are always looking for new members! We meet the last Friday of every month from 10-noon at the Center for Excellence (3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh, NC 27609) in Raleigh. Our schedule is posted at and you can sign up directly on our Meetup to get the full scoop.

Come join us for this month’s book club:

Wonderland Book Club, meet author Steve Gilbert

Co-sponsored by the NC Writers Network        

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NC 27609

Friday, July 26, 2013     Time:  10:00–noon            

This month’s book is A Lovely, Indecent Departure by Steve Gilbert


This month we’re hosting Steve Gilbert of Wake Forest, NC, author of A Lovely, Indecent Departure. Anna Miller wants only one thing, her son, and she will do anything to keep him. When a district court awards custody of Oliver to his father, she abducts the five year old and flees to Italy where with her family’s help they disappear into the fabric of her native homeland. Told in prose that is both stripped-down and overpowering, Gilbert shapes the everyday conflict of child custody into a stunning search for sense of worth. A Lovely, Indecent Departure, captures in stark detail a world in which modern archetypes are turned upside down. Find more info about Wonderland at:

Interested in being a guest author in 2014? Email Alice. Spaces are filling fast.