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Themes in Literature Book Club

       The Themes in Literature Book Club meets once a month in 3-month theme cycles. Three works of literature that share a common theme (e.g. dystopia, books inspired by Shakespeare, illicit love, books adapted into movies) are read and discussed -- one novel with its own conversation each month. At least one classic and one contemporary novel are included in each theme's book selection. This group meets on the second Monday of every month at Book Culture on Columbus, and is expected to run about an hour and a half. The book club facilitators are Louise Barder and Loretta Murin. If you have questions or would like to join the book club, email More information can be found here.

The Queer Book Club 

       The Queer Book Club meets on the second Sunday of every month at 5pm to discuss queer fiction, nonfiction and poetry titles. All are welcome to attend, LGBT-identifying or otherwise. Discussion is expected to run for about an hour, and may include extension into contemporary issues surrounding LGBT-identifying people. This space may also be used to discuss LGBT activism and opportunities to engage social actions. Respectful, invitational dialogue is expected of all participants. Tanmoy Tom Das Lala and Casey Beck are the facilitators of the book club. Tom and Casey will collect feedback on what members wish to read and discuss as the book club grows and evolves. Check the event calendar to see what the book is for each month. Please submit questions to

Essays Book Club

       The Essays Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month to discuss a collection of essays. This group meets at Book Culture on 112th. Though the essay is a famously ancient form, this book club will focus largely on more contemporary essays. We will read collections by a variety of writers—men and women, experimental and traditional authors, from America and abroad—across a wide range of topics. Discussions will focus on both the subject matter of the books and the techniques employed by their authors. If you have questions or would like to join the book club, please email

Friday Night Book Club

      Our book group is for those who enjoy and want to discuss fiction. We select from a broad range of styles, authors and eras by alternating monthly between a classic and a contemporary work of fiction that is chosen by those present at a group meeting. We meet from 6:30 pm until 8 pm on the last Friday of each month at Book Culture on Columbus Ave. Each month the book selection and meeting time are posted in the Book Culture newsletter. All are welcome. If you have questions or would like to join the book club, please email