The River by Starlight, a century-old story rich with themes that resonate uncannily and powerfully today, makes a timely book club selection. Questions for group discussion are included in the book.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew is a popular book club and support group choice. Includes more than 50 chapter-by-chapter questions for group discussion or self-reflection.

Contact Ellen about speaking to your book group in person or by video chat.

Our book club had the double pleasure of not only reading The River by Starlight, but the author herself came to our discussion and was a genuine pleasure, bringing gifts for all along with her quick wit and entertaining discussion skills.  We all loved the book and Ellen . . . pure joy.

Carolyn A., Lakewood Book Club

The Bali Bar Book Club was thrilled when author Ellen agreed to call in and join our discussion of her wonderful book, The River by Starlight.  It was an excellent opportunity to ask questions about her inspirations for the novel, and her years of research to dig up authentic details.  We appreciate Ellen’s generosity in sharing her time and talent.

Gayle W., Bali Bar Book Club

Ellen had us enthralled from the moment she began reading from her book, The River by Starlight.  She also shared the stories behind the story, adding depth to her presentation and eliciting a multitude of questions from the audience.  I highly recommend her to any library or book group who is considering inviting her.

Sheryl Eldridge, Newport Public Library, Newport OR

“It was such a treat to hear the origins of Ellen’s wonderful novel, the inside story and small details that only the author would know.”

Marge, SW Portland Book Club

“An amazing book club afternoon. Ellen’s informative presentation was filled with warmth and intellect. Several people called to say that it was the best meeting we have ever had.”

Diana W., Gladstone Book Club

“We had a wonderful discussion of The River by Starlight. The story is still doing a slow burn through my consciousness. Ellen is an amazing storyteller, and this story is riveting . . . Just jump right in.”

Bobbi S., Stranger Than Fiction Book Club

All of us loved having Ellen join us. Besides writing so beautifully, she’s warm, funny and kind. She is now an honorary Sticky Note Sister.

Bev S., Sticky Note Sisters Book Club

If the line at the book signing table was any indication, our AAUW branch meeting featuring award-winning “The River by Starlight” author Ellen Notbohm was a smashing success. Ellen regaled us with insights about the book’s inspiring tale of Annie Rushton’s indomitable spirit. More than that, Ellen left us feeling as if we were an integral part of the story’s continued journey. Annie’s struggles with timely and timeless issues such as post-partum depression and gender bias were set during the Montana homesteading era in the early 1900s, but they remain issues we grapple with still. We encourage other branches to invite Ellen to speak to your members. You will not be disappointed!

Wendy Cook, President, American Association of University Women, Eugene-Lane Chapter

My book club read The River by Starlight and we had a great session, made even greater because the author accepted our invitation to join us! She shared personal anecdotes so we had even more insight into Annie. A heartfelt story and a great book club read.

Barb M., Lakewood Lofts Book Club

Our book club read The River by Starlight and invited Ellen to our meeting. We learned about her writing style, her personal investigation into so many aspects of the book, and what really happened behind the scenes in her writing.  She brought so many show-and-tell items to share with the group that we so enjoyed seeing.  We already knew how well written the book was.   Her descriptions have moments when you need to pause and reflect on the depth and beauty she has just conveyed.  I cannot stress enough, please ask her to join you for your book club discussions. It deepened our experience which was already great in simply reading the book.

Alice D., SW Portland Book Club