Triangle Reads What local book clubs are up to

Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

tleonard@newsobserver.comFebruary 22, 2014 

“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.

  • Fiction

    The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak

    Alfred A. Knopf, 552 pages

The Read It and Drink book club, formed in 2010, has 54 members, but its meetings usually draw a group of 12 or 15. Although there are a few “regulars,” new people often attend the meetings.

When and where do you meet? Various bars and restaurants in the Raleigh area on the first or second Monday of every month.

Tell us about your club. The book club admins make the final book selections, but we encourage member suggestions and have used many of them. We don’t want to limit the type of books we read, so getting input from a variety of people is helpful. In a word, our meetings are lively! We have a lot of friendly, intelligent, colorful people who love to read just about anything. Conversation and discussion are never lacking, and we’re always glad to have new people join up to bring in different perspectives.

What are you reading now? “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak.

What is your club’s favorite book? “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” by Jennifer Egan.

What’s unique about your club? We try to read a wide variety of interesting and sometimes offbeat books – not just popular book club selections (although we’ve read some of those too) – but anything and everything that we think will spark a good discussion. We’ve read science nonfiction, horror novels, young adult weepers, political nonfiction, true crime, Pulitzer Prize winners – the list goes on. Preferably, our discussions will occur while enjoying a cold beer or other beverage of your choice! Our group even has its own Facebook page.

How to join: You can join the Read It and Drink book club on its Facebook page:

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