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A Novel Matchmaker For Authors And Readers

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Susan McBeth, founder of Novel Network, is pictured in this undated photo.

A different kind of matchmaking service is launching in San Diego. Instead of making love connections, this one matches authors and readers. Novel Network is a website where book club members can sign up to be set up with authors, who will meet with them either in person or electronically to talk about their books.

San Diego publicist Susan McBeth was inspired to found Novel Network by novelist Jenna Blum, who launched her book, “Those Who Save Us” on to the New York Times bestseller list by attending more than 800 book club events in a year.

"At every book club I asked people if you like the book please do me the favor of passing it to one other person," said Blum. "Much to my surprise and total delight and gratitude people really did pass 'Those Who Save Us' from hand to hand, from mother to daughter, sister to sister, friend to friend and it just became so viral that the book jumped onto the list."

McBeth joins Midday Thursday with more on Novel Network.

A launch event for Novel Network takes place Sunday at San Diego's downtown Central Library. The event called Book Club Bingo will feature 22 authors, panel discussions and book signings. Cost is $85-$95.

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