From calm to hardcore discussions, book clubs in the Detroit area are as varied as their readers. There is a discussion group for a vast amount of genres and interests. Just find the book club that fits the vibe you are looking for and join in the conversation that flows around each of the readings.
Brews and Books Royal Oak
1800 W. Square Lake Road
Troy, MI 48098
Everything about Brews and Books screams yeah! This laid-back book club meets once a month to discuss the written word and throw back a beer or two. An amateur group, this is a relaxed alternative to stuffy settings, and an added bonus is that every discussion takes place at a different local brew pub. So try out the local artisan brews while dropping some commentary on fellow avid readers. All venues are located within a half hour of the city. The times and dates of each meeting vary monthly.
Awesome Book! Children’s Book Discussion Group
Detroit Public Library - Elmwood Park Branch
550 Chene St.
Detroit, MI 48207
It is called awesome for a reason. What better way to cultivate a love of books than by reading and chatting with friends about the latest book read. Kids submerge themselves in a flurry of conversation, adding to the context of the book with their opinions and thoughts. This is a fun way to show children that libraries are not boring institutions; they offer many exciting programs and are a valuable resource for learning. This group for kids meets at the Elmwood Branch at 3 p.m. on the last Friday of every month.
Top Shelf Reads Book Discussion Group
Page’s Food & Spirits
23621 Farmington Road
Farmington, MI 48336
Top Shelf Reads Book Discussion Group is sponsored by the Farmington Community Library, and meetings take place at Page’s Bar in downtown Farmington. There are a plethora of excellent things this book club has going for it. Snacking and drinking while discussing the latest novel is encouraged. So have fun and settle in for an evening of lively banter and intellectual stimulation. Books on the upcoming reading lists are available for check-out through the library and are conveniently distributed at each event. This group meets on the second Monday every month at 7 p.m.
Detroit User Experience Book Club
Detroit User Experience hosts cool book discussion groups for UX professionals in an informal format. Meetings take place in a wide range of evolving locations, and generally occur in an eatery of some sort — whether it be a coffee shop, restaurant or bar. Good times are always on the agenda for this lively group. Previous book discussion groups have occasionally met up for lunch, a great alternative for those that can’t always fit an evening book club into their schedule.
Detroit Feminist Book Club
Join the Detroit Feminist Book Club for pointed discussions around the topics of feminism, classism and racism. Participate in an in-depth analysis and critique of the book with other individuals who explore these topics. The locations and dates vary each month and include cafes, college campuses and bookstores, all within the Metro Detroit area.
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