Five books in and Ekpe’s Book Club is still going strong.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Ekpe Udoh has a burgeoning literary society under his domain. Ekpe picks a book and sends copies of it to subscribers via mail. In turn, his readers consume it in fixed chunks and talk it up with Ekpe on Twitter on Tuesday nights. And while many of us have made grand plans to start reading more or join a book club, only to see those plans get lost in the shuffle of our day-to-day life, Ekpe’s done an impressive job of planning out and executing on the book club every day. Our own Jon Hartzell chatted with Ekpe at the start of last season about his book club and some of the plans he had for it:
NBA.com: Do you plan to have this run solely through Twitter?
Udoh: I’m just going to stick to the Twitter and if it starts to gain in momentum then we’ll see. I want to get to the point when summertime comes I can set up a trip through my corporation to get everybody together in one city. We can rent out a conference room in a hotel to have a day about books and life.
Well, it’s summertime and his vision turned into reality.
This past weekend, Udoh convened the group’s first face-to-face meeting in Dallas. The participants visited the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, screened a private showing of the The Fault in Our Stars, and met for a discussion over dinner where they compared the movie to the book they had already read. If the stop at the Museum of Nature and Science seems strange, you should know there was a meaning behind the visit. Characters in the book visited the Anne Frank House, so this was a way for the participants in the trip to take a similar educational journey.
Ekpe definitely put some thought into this outing.
The other books the group has read include And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline. Scottoline herself was a participant in the most recent Twitter discussion when her book was taken up by the club.
Via Twitter, Udoh announced Monday that the group’s next read would be Gone Girl and that he expects to tweet out the sign up instructions today.
For more on Ekpe’s Book Club, check out a few tweets from the Dallas trip as well as the video that the Bucks made a couple of months ago:
— Kristen Deahl (@KristenDeahl) June 8, 2014
— Baylor University (@Baylor) June 9, 2014
— Josh on The EDGE (@MRJOSHUAHART) June 10, 2014