Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

“Byrd,” by Kim Church.
“Byrd,” by Kim Church.

With 17 members, the Cosmos Club of Raleigh is one of the oldest book clubs in Wake County, according to member Lynne Misenheimer.

Tell us about your club. The club’s original 1929 handbook states that the object of Cosmos Club of Raleigh is “the orderly systematic study of Literature, the Arts and Sciences for the pleasure and literary culture of the members.” Every handbook since then has opened with this quote: “A book may be compared to your neighbor; if it be good, it cannot last too long. If bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.” We meet for lunch, followed by a special speaker each month, September through May. Local author Kim Church will be the featured speaker at our October meeting. Speakers have addressed topics from Paul Greene, to human trafficking, to public television, to the New Bern Historical Society.

What are you reading now? “Byrd,” by Kim Church

What is your club’s favorite book? We enjoy Southern fiction and stories about North Carolina. Last year we especially liked “Necessary Lies,” by Diane Chamberlain, who was a featured speaker.

What’s unique about your club? We have members of all ages; our oldest member is 96 and the best-dressed member of our club. We are all good friends who care for one another. In fact, one member has a hideous gold recliner she passes around to anyone who needs to sit up after surgery!

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