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.

Book Club With a Beat
Got a love of music? Want to know more about your favorite band? Curious where that beat came from? Join us the first Tuesday of every month in room 221 at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to discuss and listen to our incredible, popular music traditions. If you have book recommendations or questions please email or call 202-727-1291.

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 

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 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 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 or

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.

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.

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Unknown MatisseMatisse the MasterThe Chevy Chase History/Biography Book Club selection is The Unknown Matisse and/or Matisse the Master, both by Hilary Spurling.  Read one (or both!) biographies and come and discuss the li

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Coroner's LunchThe October selection for the Chevy Chase Mystery Book Club is The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill. 

The book takes place in Laos in 1975.  The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony.  Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner.  Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else; the rest of the educated class has fled.

Mystery Book Club Selection for October

Published on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Still LifeOn Oct. 4, join us to discuss Still Life, the first in the Inspector Armand Gamache series, now in its eighth volume.  The book won an impressive number of awards for first novel, including the New Blood Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association and was named one of the five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures magazine.  The author went on to become the first writer to win the Agatha Award for Best Novel four times. 

The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cover image of Daniel Okrent's nonfiction book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of ProhibitionThe Prohibition era was one of the most vibrant and socially complex eras of twentieth century United States history.

Published on Monday, September 10, 2012

Dead Even CoverThe September selection of the Chevy Chase Mystery Book Club is Dead Even by Brad Meltzer.

Sara Tate starts her job as a New York City assistant district attorney the day before massive budget cuts.  To keep her job, she grabs a case slated for one of the DA office's hot shots, thinking it will be the kind of showpiece that  will make her a hero.  The next day, she learns that the defense attorney on the case is her husband, Jared Lynch.

Published on Monday, September 10, 2012

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

Published on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

balls of yarn and a set of bamboo knitting needlesDo you like to knit or crochet? Are you a reader? If so, then join our Knit & Lit Club.

We meet on Saturday afternoons at 3 p.m. for fun, conversation, and the chance to hang out. We are an informal group -- no registration required. Just show up. The club is open to all skill levels.

Published on Tuesday, September 4, 2012
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