Every week, without fail, a book club decides to read Pope Joan. Especially for book groups composed mostly of women, Pope Joan tells a story of female empowerment in a time in which women had no power. The book will generate an engaging and entertaining discussion among the members of your group, but in addition to that, you might be able to get the author herself to join you via conference call for your discussion! Donna Cross has been doing this for years, and is more than willing to listen as you discuss the book, offer insight into the discussion, and answer any questions that you may have!
Have the author join the conversation when your book or school group discusses the novel.
Donna will chat by speakerphone with any book reading or school group that chooses Pope Joan. Here’s your opportunity to ask questions of “the horse’s mouth”! Which characters and events in the novel are real, and which are fictional? How was the novel researched, and how is it being adapted to the silver screen?
Fill out the request form to take advantage of this unusual offer. There is no cost involved — simply a gathering of readers or students and a speakerphone to make sure the entire group can share the experience. A discussion guide is included in the book.
How to Make a Request
for a Telephone Conversation with the Author
Your request for a speakerphone chat with Donna can be made through the Chat Request form.
Please use these guidelines:
- Chats are scheduled between 9 AM Eastern and 9:30 PM Eastern time. (All requests must be converted to Eastern Time.)
- You’ll be asked to provide a choice of dates and times. The more dates you can provide, the easier it will be to schedule a chat. The time you request should be 15-30 minutes after your group meeting begins so everyone has some time to settle in before joining Donna’s call.
- Leave a comment to let Donna know how you found out about the book and why you chose it for your group. the more details you can provide, the better Donna can tailor the experience to your group’s interests.
- Chats are not limited to the US. As long as it can be scheduled within the hours listed above, Donna is happy to chat with readers in countries all over the world.
To make your request for a conversation, link here to the chat request form.
What Happens Next? Chat Details
Once you’ve made your request, Donna will be in touch with you, usually within a week. Together you will determine the date and time for the chat.
You will need access to a speaker telephone. Donna recommends giving it a trial run beforehand by having someone in your group dial in to that phone from outside. Make sure that you can hear her clearly—and that she can hear you from a good distance away.
Plan the call to come in 15-30 minutes after your group gets together. At that point you will have begun your discussion and Donna’s role will be to answer those “horse’s mouth” questions!
At the appointed time, Donna will you For the next 30 – 45 minutes, you’ll all enjoy each other’s company while you discuss Pope Joan, its inspirational heroine, the meaning of her story for our modern world, the author’s research, and details of the movie now in production.
It’s as easy as that!
Also, don’t forget that the encore presentation of the Pope Joan movie will begin with part 1 on December 31st at 4 pm, followed up by part 2 on New Year’s day at 10 am!