Date and Time
We would meet one Wednesday evening every month from 7 to 9 pm. Looks like the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday works best.
Each month two members can help organize the evening; one provides the meeting space (host) and the other facilitates discussion about the book (presenter). The presenter gives a brief overview of the book for that month and then guides discussion. Whoever is presenting is not hosting.
What type of books
As the name suggests, we'd choose novels. My recommendation would be that we start off with novels likely to appeal to most of us, books that have achieved recognition through literary awards, books long or short listed for book prizes like Man Booker or Commonwealth Writers Prize or from the "Canada Reads" lists for example. There are many. This is not to limit ourselves to one type or style, just to get us started. There are unrecognized gems out there for sure. We can review this strategy over time.
How would novels be chosen
Those willing to present/facilitate would decide on the book they present. There are book club general discussion guides available to help with this and most prize novels have specific reading guides, sometimes right at the back of the book. Ideally at our first or second meeting we would have enough volunteers to present/facilitate with titles of books for our upcoming year of reading. Depending on our numbers and willingness of members, this might take some time to work out.
Location for meeting
Members could take turns hosting. Since not everyone is in a position to host a group, some may offer to do this more often and those not able to host might help provide refreshments for the evening....or we may decide to choose a public location for our meetings and not use members' homes. Certainly more discussion needed.
Meet up fees
are nominal and if we each contribute $2-$3 for the first couple of meetings that should cover the cost. I will track this
Other questions for new Book Clubs
posed by the Canadian Book Club site http://www.canadianbookclubs.com/start.htmlarising include
Why do I want to join a book club and what do I expect to get out of it?
What is the cost limits to books? (paper backs only?)
How will we pay for them and when?
When should we meet?
What about summer holidays and Christmas?
Can the schedule be altered? How? And for what reasons?
What are the responsibilities of each member? If I don't finish the book can I still come to the meeting?
Who will host? What does hosting include? Limits to food costs? Kinds of food?
Who will lead book discussions? The person who recommended the book? (Need to avoid hosting and leading a book discussion at the same time?) Do we want to designate a permanent leader?
When does a person talk out of order? How should it be handled? Who should handle it?
What about smoking, pets, tardiness, and telephone calls during book discussions?
What if a person wants to be a guest or become a member? (Discuss with members ahead of time.)
How will we select the books we want to read?
Who will order the books, keep the host/leader rotation, and maintain records of what was read and when, who suggested which books?
Discuss book suggestions brought today and choose.