Triangle Reads What local book clubs are up to

Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

tleonard@newsobserver.comApril 27, 2014 

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple.

  • Fiction

    Where’d You Go, Bernadette

    Maria Semple

    Little, Brown, 330 pages

The Deliberate Literates have been meeting since 2002, when they held a contest to come up with their club’s name, according to club member Mollie Hodl.

When and where do you meet? We meet the first Thursday night of each month in members’ homes.

Tell us about your club. We currently have 13 members. Every September we go away for a beach planning weekend. Each member submits two book selections, along with a brief synopsis, for the ballot. After a large dinner on Saturday night, members gather to discuss the books, and a vote is held to pick that year’s selections. The competition is fierce. Some members heavily lobby for their book selections!

Our meetings are informal gatherings. Cocktails and food are served (often with the food following the book’s theme). The member who nominated that month’s book leads the discussion.

What are you reading now? “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” by Maria Semple.

What is your club’s favorite book? Each year members vote on a favorite book. It’s a very big competition to see whose book gets the honor! Our most recent favorite is “Rebecca,” by Daphne Du Maurier.

What’s unique about your club? Seven of our original founding members still around! Many of us were new to Raleigh when this group was formed. We have been through pregnancies, births, deaths, illnesses, career/personal victories and high school graduations. Each December we include our spouses in the celebration and book discussion.

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