We like to discuss books with you over the counter, but what’s even better is when we can all get together to rehash a good title. In the spirit of enhancing a great read, we host an open book club that meets the last Thursday of each month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator (usually myself) chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. Everyone is welcome to attend even if you haven’t read the book, and if you purchase your copy here you’ll always get a 10% discount.
At our recent store event with Will Schwalbe, author of our February book club title Books for Living, a customer confessed to me she was intimidated by our book club and worried the participants would be too intellectual. I begged her not to decide that before trying one out. We gather an eclectic mix of men and women every month, from retired school teachers to college students to stay-at-home moms to neighbors who raised their families together to doctors to small business owners. We begin by going around the circle, introducing ourselves, and saying in a sentence or two how we felt about the book. Then for those who haven’t read or finished, we spend some time summarizing the books (so no, you don’t have to have read the book to attend!). I introduce some discussion topics and we go from there. It’s always a casual and cozy evening and a time I look forward to each month.
How do we choose titles for our book club? ... continued