One way to liven up a book club meeting is with food. If you're not sure what to make, Read It And Eat by Sarah Gardner (BHPL call number 028.9 GAR) pairs titles with recipes. One year, a book club I'm in tried one of Read It and Eat's "fright night" themed pairings for October: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James with trifle. Even if you're not in a book club, it's amusing to look up what foods go with which titles, such as The Princess Bride by William Goldman and "Inconceivable! Frittatas" and tarts for Dorothy Sayer's The Busman's Holiday.
Phone chats with the author also make a book club meeting special. Your book club can apply to win a phone chat with one of 100 Random House authors here. Find more authors to chat with at Reader's Circle, which also has a directory of book clubs if you're looking to join one. If your book club ever reads mysteries, you might try reading a China Bayles mystery and signing up as a Book Club Friend of Susan Wittig Albert - you'll get the chance to have Susan chat with your group by phone, plus freebies in the mail like bookmarks, recipes and more.