Bookshop on the Corner (Colgan)

Discussion Questions
We'll add publisher questions if and when they're available; in the meantime use these LitLovers talking points to start a discussion for The Bookshop on the Corner...then take off on your own:

1. Describe Nina: just how socially and/or professionally unprepared is she to face a world outside of a library? Would you consider her job—matching people to books, what's often referred to as a Readers Advisor—a dream job as Nina did?

2. Talk about the library's closing? Are library closings a growing trend, or will they be several years from now? What is happening in your own community; are funds being cut to libraries, hours shortened, books not bought, staff not hired? What does the future hold for libaries, and how are they coping with the digital age?

3. What are some of the struggles Nina undergoes to get her dream library off the ground? Talk about the decisions she has to make. Does the van seem like an overly risky venture for someone like Nina?

4. The book contains sly allusions to the Outlander series. Have you located any of the references? Why might the author have decided to include them?

5. Describe the village of Kirrinfief, including the characters who populate it. Whom did you find most intriguing? What was village life like without books? Imagine yourself living in Kirrinfief, or a place like it: how would you fare absent access to books?

6. Did you predict the ending?

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