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 Laughing Man Tavern (1306 G 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.

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.

"The Princess and the Frog"

Published on Saturday, August 10, 2013

DVD Cover  for the princess and the frog DVDOur August 2013 movie recommendation is "The Princess and the Frog".

Georgetown Book Club's August Selection

Published on Friday, July 26, 2013

Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835In November 1829, newly freed former slave Beverly Snow and his wife, Julia, migrated from Lynchburg, Va. to the nation's capital -- then still called Washington City -- so that Snow could pursue his goal of setting up his own restaurant. Choosing the location for the relative safety it offered free people of color, Snow could not have known that, only six years later, he would lend his name to the first race riot ever to take place in his new home.

Mystery Book Club Selection for August

Published on Friday, July 26, 2013

Midnight in Peking book coverMidnight in Peking is the selection we will be discussing Thursday, Aug. 1.

Published on Thursday, July 25, 2013
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'Ethan Frome' by Edith Wharton

Published on Monday, July 22, 2013

Cover image of the Penguin Classic novel Ethan Frome, by Edith WhartonSet against an austere New England landscape, Edith Wharton’s classic novella explores the themes of loneliness, quiet desperation, and sexual desire through the life of Ethan Frome. Barely getting by with what his farm produces, Ethan’s life with his difficult, hypochondriac wife Zeena is barely tolerable. Until her cousin joins the household as a hired girl.
 

Published on Friday, July 5, 2013

Gone GirlOn her first wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne writes in her diary, "I am fat with love, even though people kept telling and telling us the first year was going to be so hard, as if we were naive children marching off to war. It wasn't hard. We are meant to be married."

July Kitchen Table Book Discussion selection

Published on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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You are cordially invited to the July Kitchen Table Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.

We'll be considering James McBride's stirring memoir The Color of Water.

'The Age of Miracles' by Karen Thompson Walker

Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson WalkerJuly's Book Club selection is New York Times Bestseller and debut novel The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. When the Earth's rotation begins to slow, a gradual apocalypse of longer days and failing gravity flip the comfortable suburban life of 10-year-old Julia upside down in this startling and poetic page-turner that you will never forget.

Corazón tan blanco by Javier Marías

Published on Thursday, June 20, 2013
Corazon tan blanco
Javier Marías's Corazón tan blanco (1992) chronicles with unnerving insistence the relentless power of the past.

'In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto'

Published on Monday, June 17, 2013

Cover image for the nonfiction book by Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's ManifestoWith his previous books, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan helped create a national conversation on the subject of food:

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