Looking for/interested in a local book club
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Any help or advice anyone could give would be great! :)
2. Check with your local bookstore. Again, if they don't have a book group, they might know the people who do.
3. Ask about it everywhere you go.
4. Start your own. Working with the library or the bookstore would be the best way to start if you are new to the area; if you're not new, two other friends or coworkers who might be interested, would be a good start also.
A short time later I started my own book club. I posted flyers in the library, bookstores, university, coffee shops, etc. I posted ads in community pages in livejournal.com. This was over a year and a half ago, and we're still going strong. It allowed me to meet a lot of new people and read great books I probably wouldn't have picked up on my own. Now some of us get together outside the book club for movies, dinners, etc. I've met some great people!
I leaving the bookstore soon and am thinking of ways of continuing to see the many great readers I've met over the last decade (many who are in their own bookgroups and some here at the store); so I'm thinking of starting a dinner group for readers. We can have a great meal and casually talk about what we are reading. It's a different idea than a book group proper but who knows where it will go...
Don't forget - you're welcome to post any of your book club events on our website, MyPeopleConnection.com. It's FREE, it's easy to use, it's just for friends, and it manages all your RSVPs. Just email me & I'll get you hooked up with event-posting access. You'll just fill out a form with where to meet, time, etc., and boom, it gets posted on the site. We currently have 20,000 members and growing word-of-mouth as a grassroots community effort, and we're committed to staying free.
The great news is we just launched a global calendar so you can post events anywhere in the world. We're volunteer-run and post lots of different events including poetry slams and book clubs.
A quick aside: I just returned from a fantastic trip to Flagstaff, Arizona - and if any of you are ever in the area, please check out my new favorite independent used book store, Bookman's. They seemed like an awesome place to both buy books and host a book club. There's cozy seating in the front just for that purpose. Here's a photo of the store.
Some used book stores are musty, dusty, cluttered, unfriendly places where you want to grab the books and run as fast as you can away. But this place actually encouraged patrons to linger. They had a little independent cafe, a cozy big area with half a dozen overstuffed couches.
I just realized today after looking at their site that Bookmans has multiple locations - Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson. I'm bummed we didn't know that before we went to Phoenix. That location looks even bigger and has tons of funky events in their big community room - from free yoga classes to D&D adventures to book clubs and knitting. Wahhh! I want one here!!