Whether you’re a regular member of a book group, an occasional drop-in on
book discussions that are open to the public, or a book group facilitator, you
will benefit from this series of posts that explore how to find, participate
in, and lead a book group.
Unlike oral storytelling, which involves speakers and listeners, reading is an
activity we associate with solitude. A cup of tea or glass of wine, an open
window or a crackling fireplace, and a book – what a beautiful tableau.
But we are social beings. In my extended family, as with many other families,
we casually share books. We tell relatives about them and pass them around. If
you are a houseguest at my home, it’s no coincidence that the books on your
nightstand reflect your reading preferences or interests.
If you’re reading this, you like to read about books. Would you like to discuss
them with others, either virtually or in person? If so, you’re the perfect
candidate for a book group.
There are lots of ways to find a book group that would love to welcome you.
A great place to start is your public library; although their book discussion
groups may have some long-time members, they are open to the public. Bookstores
often have an announcement board where book clubs might advertise. For those
interested in a virtual option, social sites such as Meetup, Facebook, and
others offer hundreds of online and in-person discussion groups. And don’t forget to look for book groups at places where you’re already a member: religious meeting place, school, online groups, etc.
Stay tuned for the next post in this series, where we’ll talk about how to make
the most of your book group experience.