Book Clubs

'Cleopatra: A Life'

Published on Monday, December 16, 2013

Cover image of Stacy Schiff's biography entitled Cleopatra: A LifeThe Mt. Pleasant Book Club is reading Cleopatra: A Life, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff. Inheritor not only of Egypt, but of family ways that included incest, assassination, and waging civil war against her siblings, Cleopatra was famous long before becoming involved with the two most powerful men in the Roman Empire.

December 2013 Southwest Book Discussion selection

Published on Thursday, December 5, 2013
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

You are invited to attend the monthly Southwest Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28. 

Copies of David Guterson's novel Snow Falling on Cedars are available for checkout at the information desk.

Award Winning Young Fiction Writers Series Session 4: Dec. 12, 7 p.m.

Published on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

book coverThis month, we’re going to a deep and dark recess of rural Kentucky.

Georgetown Book Club's December Selection

Published on Friday, November 22, 2013

Where'd You Go, BernadetteAt the beginning of Maria Semple's 2012 novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, eighth-grader Bee Branch reveals her excellent report card to her parents -- and brings up a promise they made regarding her academic performance and a related reward of her choosing.

'Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories'

Published on Monday, November 18, 2013

Image of the book cover for Nadine Gordimer's novel Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black and Other StoriesThe Mt. Pleasant Book Club is reading Nadine Gordimer’s Beethoven was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories.

Award Winning Young Fiction Writers Series Session 3: Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

Published on Thursday, November 7, 2013

The VagrantsThe Vagrants bookcover is a gripping account of political dissent, grinding poverty, and brutal repression. Bashi is a perverse trickster who stirs up trouble wherever he goes. Kai is a forceful spokeswoman for the state who harbors deep doubts about its legitimacy. Tong is a boy who inadvertently brings doom to his father. Gu Shan, a onetime government cadre becomes condemned as a sacrificial lamb.

Here are study questions we will be exploring on Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.:

Mystery Book Club November Selection

Published on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Prague Fatale bookcoverThe eighth book in the series finds Bernie Gunther, recently returned from the Eastern Front, in Prague in October, 1941. In the most diplomatically sensitive case of his police career, Gunther investigates the murder of an adjutant of SS General Reinhard Heydrich.

"I have always been interested in Heydrich and his assassination," says author Philip Kerr. "What I was really interested in was the six months leading up to it.  I went to Prague and let history lead me by the hand." 

'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett

Published on Friday, November 1, 2013

Image of book cover for "State of Wonder"The West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss Ann Patchett's bestselling novel, State of Wonder.

Copies are available at the reference desk.

Please pick one up and join us.

'The Sound of Music'

Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Sound of MusicOur October 2013 movie recommendation is Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.

The Sound of Music is set in 1930s Austria. It details the life of Maria, who is sent by the nuns to take care of the children of Captain Von Trapp. Upon arrival at the Von Trapp household, she is met with hostility but she eventually charms the kids and the Captain through her songs and kindness. It also describes the family’s subsequent escape when Nazi Germany assumes control of Austria and they try to forcefully enlist Captain Von Trapp into their army.

Georgetown Book Club's November Selection

Published on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tenth of DecemberOn Jan. 3, 2013, The New York Times ran the story "George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You'll Read All Year" about Saunders' new short story collection, Tenth of December. In her Jan.

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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.