Book Clubs

Kitchen Table Book Discussion selection, January 2014

Published on Saturday, January 4, 2014
"Where Do We Go From Here?" by Rev. Martin Luther King

You are invited to attend the Kitchen Table Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Award-Winning Young Fiction Writers Continues Thursday, Jan. 9

Published on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Book Cover - The EndThis month we’re reading Salvatore Scibona’s The End, a finalist for the National Book Award in 2008 and winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award the following year.

Featuring 'Puss in Boots'

Published on Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Puss in Boots" by Pinkney book coverCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. for our first Reader's Theatre program.

Georgetown Book Club's January Selection

Published on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

SisterlandAt 4 years old, Kate Shramm -- the narrator of Curtis Sittenfeld's 2013 novel, Sisterland -- experiences what she and her parents think is a vivid nightmare of a house engulfed in flames. The next night, a house in the Shramms' neighborhood burns to the ground. At dinner soon after, Kate's twin sister Violet mentions that a geographically distant relative is falling down in pain, and that relative soon suffers a fatal heart attack.

'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.:

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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.