Do you stuff yourself with books like the others do? Are you trying to get back to reading after a long separation from writing? Wherever you are on your reading journey, you can find community and even friendship with other readers! Here in Chicago there are so many opportunities to talk about books with other people – here are some of the best book clubs in Chicago.
Launched in 2001 by the Chicago Public Library, One Book, One Chicago began as “an opportunity to engage and enlighten our residents and to foster a sense of community through reading. The initiative chose two books a year for several years before changing things– now each season features a unique theme through which Chicagoans can explore many forms of writing, music and art.
The Women & Children First Women’s Book Group meets once a month and discusses novels, memoirs and more. This book club in Chicago is the oldest group of independent bookstores, but it is also just one of the new to consult.
While not specifically a Chicago book club, the Noname Book Club has a Chicago chapter (one of twelve) and was founded by Chicago rapper and activist Noname. The book club “highlights two books each month written by authors of color” and in 2020 launched its prison program, which helps get books into the hands of incarcerated people across the United States.
The organizers of this book club launched it “for women of color who wish to read works by black writers and are available to meet on the south side.” With over 700 members on Meetup, recent book club picks have included NK Jemisin’s The city we have become, Roxanne Gay Difficult women, and Toni Morrison The Song of Solomon.
This Chicago Book Club is unique in that any discussion is not based on a single agreed book read by the group, but rather guided by the books the group members have read in recent times. Facilitated by Friends of Edgewater Library, the No Book Club is a great way to connect and make new friends while talking about your recent readings.
Open to readers or fans of Science Fiction & Fantasy, Chicago Nerd ClubThe Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club meets once a month to discuss a chosen book (voted on at the previous month’s meeting), but also encourages wide-ranging discussions around science, history, philosophy and other areas of interest.
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