BOOKTHEWRITER.COM is a new service that allows book groups in New York City and its surrounding area to invite the author to their book groups. And by "invite the author" do we mean by phone? We do not. Do we mean by Skype? Nope. We mean: the author is there with you, sitting on your couch, drinking your coffee, and taking part in your book group's conversation about their book. Over 80 New York based novelists, poets, memoirists, biographers and non-fiction writers are waiting to be discovered at www.bookthewriter.com

What if you're not in a book group? BOOKTHEWRITER's new Pop-Up Book Groups provide one time gatherings at set dates and times to discuss specific works with their authors. Sign up for just one or come to all, as you wish. Address will be given upon registration. Don't forget to buy the book (any format), read it before the date of the book group and come with lots of questions for the author. And bring your book to the book group, too -- the author will sign it for you!