Do you think it would be an idea to do a community book review? I've seen it done on another list I use and seems to work quite well there at least. The way it works there is that someone suggests some books to review and then people vote and the winner of that vote is the book the group will read and comment on. Doesn't have to be a big long essay, just a few thoughts to provoke discussion.
Good idea or just worthy of a Bronx cheer?! :D
Oh, inothernews - did you ever get my email about "Pantomine Cat"?