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.

Mystery Book Club Selection for June

Published on Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hush Now, Don't You Cry bookcoverJoin us on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m., to discuss Rhys Bowen's Hush Now, Don't You Cry.

Published on Friday, May 24, 2013

book cover The theme of this year's Adult Summer Reading is "Groundbreaking Reads," and the women in Tracy Chevalier's 2010 novel, Remarkable Creaturesbreak ground both literally, as fossil hunters, and figuratively, as women embarking on a profession dominated by men. 

Published on Monday, May 20, 2013

Playing for PizzaBellevue High Noon Book Club will meet Monday, June 3 in Room B at 12 p.m. to discuss Playing for Pizza by John Grisham.

'The Great Gatsby'

Published on Monday, May 20, 2013

Image of the cover of F. Scott Fitzgerald's book The Great GatsbyYes, this month we’ll be revisiting Fitzgerald’s famous critique of 1920’s nouveau riche society. Told through the eyes of his neighbor Nick Carraway, a Yale graduate who is an outsider to the situation and an insider to this society at the same time, this is the story of eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby. Every Saturday, all the bright young things are invited to a party at Gatsby’s, where they exchange flirtations and gossip—even about their mysterious host. A man who is supposed to have everything, Gatsby is seemingly dissatisfied, but why?
 

Kitchen Table Book Discussion, Sat., May 25 at 1 p.m.

Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Prince by Niccolo MachiavelliDoes the end always justify the means?

Please join us for the next Kitchen Table Book Discussion at the Southwest Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 to voice your opinion!

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Southwest Library. 

Book Club Title for April

Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cover image of the nonfiction book by Edmund de Waal, entitled The Hare with Amber Eyes.Edmund de Waal found himself the inheritor of his great uncle’s priceless collection of netsukes, beautifully and intricately carved miniature 17th century Japanese sculptures that were used to fasten containers to the belts of men’s traditional Japanese robes, the kosode and kimono.

But how did this award-winning British ceramicist come to inherit over two hundred of these wonderful carvings? And how did they survive so much history?

Mystery Book Club Selection for May 2

Published on Friday, April 19, 2013

Frozen Assets bookcoverIn the first in the Officer Gunnhildur series, the investigation of an unidentified body found floating in the harbor of a fishing village leads the policewoman to uncover a web of corruption connected to Iceland's business and banking communities. Frozen Assets is as much an examination of the endemic corruption that led to the global financial crisis and bankrupted Iceland's major banks as it is a murder mystery.

Published on Friday, April 5, 2013
The Sankofa Book Club is coming soon to a library near you! We'll meet every first Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Here's our book selections for the next few months:


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April: 'The Wedding'

Published on Monday, April 1, 2013

The WeddingCome join us for a discussion of Dorothy West's 1996 novel, The Wedding.  This widely heralded novel tells the story of the Oval, a wealthy black community in 1950s Martha's Vineyard.

The novel focuses on the Coles family, in particular, the upcoming marriage of Shelby Coles to a white jazz musician. Through the examination of this one event, West analyzes race and familial relations as they exist through many generations.

Published on Friday, March 29, 2013

This spring, the Georgetown Book Club will be delving into a genre that not everyone is familiar with: Alternate History. Sometimes related to science fiction, these books imagine a world like our own, but with unique differences caused by a historical event that occurred differently than it did in our world. 

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