June 26, 2022

6 local book clubs you can join

Riffraff’s simple concept combines two favourites; reading and cocktails. Chris Vaccaro.

As temperatures drop, we tend to stay indoors more, which means curling up with a good book. Reading never goes out of style and celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah and Emma Watson carry on the tradition with their own book clubs. Many local bookstores and venues hold their own book clubs to keep you busy during the colder months.

Riffraff bookstore and bar

Riffraff is located at Mill, a former mill in Olneyville in Providence. Located in a rustic warehouse, enjoy a full bar of beer, cider, wine, and cocktails while engrossed in a page turner. The store is filled with books written by underrepresented voices from independent presses and authors.

Riffraff’s monthly book club selects books based on rotating themes each season, and this fall’s theme is “women in translation.” The December book is Woman convenience store by Sayaka Murata which is among the ten best books on New York Times Book review. The club will meet on December 10 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Riffraff Bookstore and Bar, 60 Valley St. #107A, Providence, 401-421-4371, riffraffpvd.com

Bookstore and Café Savoy

This little book nook is located in the heart of downtown Westerly. The multi-level store features two floors of retail space and an entry-level cafe that serves locally sourced food, coffee and tea.

Savoie has a variety of book club genres. The Fiction Book Club will meet on January 13 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Nothing to see here by Kevin Wilson. The Non-Fiction Book Club will meet on January 27 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell. The general book club will meet on January 20 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss The Big One: A Novel by Kristin Hannah.

Savoy Bookstore and Cafe, 10 Canal Street, Westerly, 401-213-3901, banksquarebooks.com

Symposium books and archives

Symposium is a small, independent bookstore in downtown Providence that stocks new and used books as well as classic vinyl records. The store also sells works by local artists.

Symposium will partner with bin 312 to host local thriller writer Vanessa Lillie and special guest pourer Jack Coutu on December 5th. From 5-8 p.m., enjoy a free wine tasting, meet and greet the author, and even get your copy signed. Jack is from local distributor MS Walker and has over twenty years of knowledge of Portuguese wine which he is ready to share.

bin 312 wine cellar, 213 S. Main St., Providence, 401-714-0040, bin312.com

Symposium Books and Archives, 240 Westminster St., Providence, 401-273-7900, symposiumbooks.com

Books on the spot

Founded in 1992, Wayland Square Bookstore still operates as an all-ages bookstore. The shop brings in local artists and authors to maintain a sense of community. Plus, if you’re looking for a discount, all books purchased online are 10% off!

The Queer Book Club is one of many clubs that meet monthly and read books by and/or about queers of all genres. They meet on the third Wednesday of each month, although there is no published event for December yet. Find out about book club events here.

Books in the Square, 471 Angell St., Providence, 401-331-9097, booksq.com

twenty stories

A new twist on a classic, this bookstore operates out of a refurbished vintage van from 1987 as well as its brick-and-mortar location in Fox Point. The store’s name derives from the concept of only offering twenty titles at a time, including contemporary fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The rotation changes from month to month. The store hosts workshops, readings and community events attracting writers from across the country. The van will spawn in a new location each weekend during the warmer months. The shop has a fictional book club that meets periodically. Join the Twenty Stories Book Club here.

Twenty Stories, 107 Ives Street, Providence, 401-216-7380, twentystoriesla.com

The cardigan connection

Although not an actual book club, the group encourages the idea of ​​a series of readings by bringing best-selling and award-winning authors to Little Rhody.

On December 7, Emmy-winning comedian and writer Josh Gondelman will visit Askew from 6-8:30 p.m. as he launches his collection of stories, Good try. Tickets are $25 and include a comedy set, a signed copy of the book, and a drink ticket.

The Cardigan Connection will also partner with Brown University Bookstore to host the New York Times bestselling author Peggy Orenstein for the launch of her new book Boys and sex January 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This will be a live taping for the Reading with Robin podcast and a fundraiser for Foster Forward. Tickets are $10 and include the live podcast recording. The books will be on sale through Brown Bookstore.

On December 17, the monthly Author Series lineup will include Jonathan Vatner, Mimi Lemay, Cara Wall and Brock Clarke beginning at 7 p.m. No advanced reading is required. The event is free and open to the public. This month, the organization will be accepting donations of hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and coats for children and families at E-Cubed Academy in Providence.

The Cardigan Connection at Askew, 150 Chestnut St., Providence, facebook.com.


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