Cinnamon rolls and book clubs

Cinnamon rollsBook Clubs

The new paperback edition of Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World features questions for book clubs, and they're good ones. If you haven't got the paperback, click here to read them.

If you'd like a more detailed explanation, I'm also available to talk to bookclubs, in person, by Skype, or by email. (Free of charge, of course. I can't imagine anyone paying to talk to me.) Give me a shout at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by twitter at @ASimpleJan and we'll see what's possible.  

I live in Dublin, Ireland but I just had a very interesting Skype visit with a library book club in New Zealand (that's me on the netbook in the middle of the table!), and BbPZfOwCcAAKIcUa great session with a  group in Vancouver. Skyping is easy, even for someone like me. If you've got a computer, I'd be happy to join your discussion.

In October I attended a book club meeting as an author for the first time, at the home of a buddy from high school. It was wonderful to be able to talk about Cinnamon Toast in a relaxed setting. But more importantly, my friend made these great cinnamon rolls for us - not too sweet and very good with coffee. (I also displaced Izzy the cat from his chair, but instead of getting huffy about it, he decided to wedge himself in there and sleep sitting up, pictured below.)

Ziggy and meYou don't have to make cinnamon rolls if you choose Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World for your book club. But here's the recipe just in case.

Cinnamon Rolls

2 cups flour

1-2 Tbsps sugar

1/2 cup cold butterIggy

2/3 cups milk

1 Tsbsp baking powder

pinch of salt

Mix dry ingredients. Cut in butter. Mix in milk and mix until blended.

Put on floured surface and knead until well blended.

Roll dough out in rectangular shaps. Spread soft butter over the dough. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar (equal amounts of cinnamon and sugar) generously over dough. Roll dough into a log. Cut into 1/2 inch pieces and place on baking sheet.

Bake at 425 F for about 12-15 minutes.


(And enjoy these felt toast coasters, masterminded by the bookclub of the Barrie Public Library, who all Skyped with me last July.)

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