Ms. Trivas represents a new phenomenon: the professional book group facilitator. A writer with a master’s degree in English literature from Middlebury, she presides over three adult groups, for which she charges up to $300 per session. She also runs a group for children, who nestle under a tree with their parents and read books like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
“They felt empowered sharing their opinion of the book,” she told me. “I asked them who they would rather have a play date with: Veruca Salt or Augustus Gloop. And if they could make up a different ending.”
From the NYTimes piece, Really? You’re Not in a Book Group?.
Just to let the world know, I’d considered taking a bit less than $300 an hour to “facilitate” a children’s book group. After all, I’ve been doing it for around three decades. I call it “teaching.”