The Julia Montgomery Street Book Club of Apex was formed in the mid-1960s and now has 11 members. “We like to limit our membership to the number that will fit comfortably in a home living room,” says club member Mary Sue Lane.
Tell us about your club. We use the Wake County Library System each month to provide our books along with guide materials for the reviewer. The library has been very helpful to us in securing even recently published books. Some years we have chosen to read books on a certain theme or to read all North Carolina authors. During the summer, members read books of their own choice. Instead of a review in December or May, we have a special event such as attending a play or a special meal. At our September meeting, each member reports on the books she has read during the summer. At our meetings we have very lively discussions, and no one feels uncomfortable expressing her opinion.
What are you reading now? “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles
What is your club’s favorite book? Two authors we recently discovered are Sarah Addison Allen, a North Carolina author who wrote “The Peach Keeper,” and Adriana Trigiani, who wrote the “Big Stone Gap” series.
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What’s unique about your club? Our club was started by two Apex natives who finished Meredith College in the 1930s and felt that Apex, a town known for tobacco farming at the time, needed a little culture. They named the club after Mrs. Julia Montgomery Street, also an Apex native, who wrote children’s books. In her later years, Mrs. Street lived in Winston-Salem, and members of the club often visited her and took her out to lunch. Originally, all our members lived within the town limits of Apex and meetings were at night. Members now live in Angier, Fuquay and Raleigh, as well as Apex, and meetings are held in the afternoon.
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