Book Clubs

The DC Public Library offers a variety of book clubs for residents to gather and discuss their love of books. Below is a list of just some of the clubs offered. Please note that sometimes book club events are canceled or rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. Please check the calendar to make sure an event is scheduled on the date you wish to attend. You can also call the library where the event is scheduled.

Books & Bars Book Club
Join us at Bistro D'Oc  at 518 10 St. NW on the third Wednesday of each month for a modern-day book club. Books & Bars is a book club that promises great food, drinks, a comfortable atmosphere and great discussion on today's most intriguing books. For more information, check out the Books & Bars page, or contact Kari Mitchell at kari.mitchell.dc.gov. 

Cleveland Park Library Mystery Book Club
This club meets the first Thursday of each month on the 2nd floor at Barnes & Noble, 12th and E streets N.W. The group chooses the books each month, two to three months in advance. All types of crime writing are considered, from cozies to noir. Monthly notice is sent by e-mail. You don't have to join the group to receive the e-mail. For more information, contact Barbara Gauntt at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library. Call 202-282-3072 for more information.

Francis Gregory Adult Book Club
This club for adults only meets every fourth Wednesday at Francis Gregory Neighborhood Library.  Selections include fiction (mystery, romance, history, short stories, classics, etc.) and nonfiction (biography, travel, finance, etc.). The facilitator invites suggestions from customers, book club members and staff. Past selections include The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, The Wake of the Wind by California Cooper and The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. Call 202-727-6044 for more information.

Georgetown Book Club
We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library branch of DC Public Library. We make copies of the books we read available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, so there is no need to purchase titles. Anyone who likes to read literary fiction and the occasional nonfiction title is welcome, as are suggestions for upcoming titles. For more information, please e-mail julia.strusienski@dc.gov or call 202-727-0232.

Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club
We meet the fourth Thursday of every month in Conference Room #1 at 7 p.m. We alternate fiction and nonfiction every month. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please contact Ana Elisa at anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov or call 202-671-3122.

Palisades Library Book Club
This club meets once a month on the third Tuesday at the Palisades Neighborhood Library. The club reads a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction with occasional forays into poetry and plays. Everyone makes suggestions, and the club chooses the selection by group consensus. For more information, contact the library at 202-282-3139.

Southeast Adult Book Club
The club meets the last Tuesday of each month (unless there are holiday issues) at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 202-698-3377.

Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.)
We are a fiction and nonfiction book group for local readers between ages 21 and 35, and we meet every month at a bar located in or near Georgetown.  For more information, including meeting dates and locations, check out our Meetup page or email julia.strusienski@dc.gov or erika.rydberg@dc.gov.

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw History Book Club
The American History Book Club meets on the first and fourth Mondays of each month at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library. We cover Presidents and Reformers through recent biographies. We discuss the new understanding of well known figures that emerage in the biographies. Each month we consider a new figure using these biographies. For more information, contact the library at 202-671-0265.

West End Book Club
This club meets at the West End Neighborhood Library the third Tuesday of every month. Call 202-724-8707 for more information.

November Book Club Selection

Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Paris WifeThe life of Ernest Hemingway is well-documented. Hemingway himself kept diaries throughout his life, and chronicled his many adventures and loves.

Published on Friday, November 9, 2012

bookcoverCome join us at the Georgetown Library on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of the graphic novel Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry.

'The Giving Quilt' by Jennifer Chiaverini

Published on Friday, November 9, 2012

The Giving QuiltIt's the week after Thanksgiving, and a librarian, a teacher, a college student, a quilt shop clerk and others gather for a special winter session of "Quiltsgiving" at quilt camp at Elm Creek Manor. Quiltsgiving, set for the week after Thanksgiving, was created as a time to commence a season of generosity.

The group has gathered to make quilts for Project Linus, a charitable organization dedicated to making handmade quilts and blankets for children in need. Master quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper challenges the group to use their creative gifts by sharing personal stories and asking each member of the group ... "Why do you give"? 

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Published on Friday, November 2, 2012

Cover image for Azar Nafisi's memoir, Reading Lolita in TehranBeginning Oct. 15 until Nov. 15, the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club is joining DC Reads and picking up Reading Lolita in Tehran, a memoir about the author’s experience in Tehran as a university literature professor who witnesses the turbulent political and social changes in Iran during the turbulent years of the Iran-Iraq War in the 80s and the increasingly restrictive rule of law in the 90s. The events of these times are interlaced with stories of the female students she recruited for an informal book club that met every Thursday morning in her home to discuss great -- and banned -- works of Western literature.

'Into the Wild' by Jon Krakauer

Published on Friday, November 2, 2012

"into the Wild" book coversThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. 

Mystery Book Club Selection for November

Published on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book Cover: Sin in the Second City by Karne AbbottOn Nov. 1, the Mystery Book Club goes off the fiction track to read Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott.

Published on Friday, October 12, 2012

Aya wants to grow up and be a doctor. She wants to help people, but her friends and relatives — another story!

Baby daddies, alcohol, parties, troubled teens, and scandal are only the beginning! Read one or all of the books and we’ll fill you in on the rest. Come learn about how the Ivory Coast has all the same everyday issues as the U.S.A. and any other first world country.

'Reading Lolita in Tehran' by Azar Nafisi

Published on Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Reading Lolita in TehranOn Nov. 5 at 12 p.m., The High Noon Book Club will read and discuss Reading Lolita in Tehran.  It is a memoir of the experience the author had when she returned to Iran during the Revolution 1978-1981 and lived and taught in the Islamic Republic of Iran until her departure in 1997.

Come join us in our lively discussions.

You can pick up a copy of the book at the Bellevue library.  Copies are going fast!


Thursday, Oct. 18: 'Salvage the Bones'

Published on Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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The Georgetown Book Club will meet to discuss Jesmyn Ward's 2011 National Book Award-winning novel Salvage the Bones on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Teenage Esch and her brothers have had difficult lives as the children of an alcoholic father in rural Mississippi, and now a big storm called Katrina is approaching their coastal town, promising to add even more complications to their family life.  Everyone who has read the book is welcome to attend the discussion.  

"Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Image of Frankenstein monster holding an innocent childThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss Frankenstein, the gripping, spine-chilling classic by Mary Shelley. 

It is often seen as both the first modern horror novel and the first science fiction novel.  Copies are available at the reference desk.  Please join us.

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