This will be our first meeting! Ideas to get us started

  • March 19 · 7:00 PM
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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. 

Meeting Setup

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

Feedback Please!


 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?

Anything missed?

Discuss book suggestions brought today and choose.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed meeting everyone. I hope more people come next time! It seems like its going to be a good book (at least the first 50 pages were good.) Bonnie seems like shes going to be a great organizer. That was a fabulous Greek Salad last night, ive never had that much feta in 1.

    March 20

  • Crystal Griffiths

    It was great to meet new people and see how different approaches are to starting something new. I love how passionate we are to have a successful group as well. I look forward to more book clubs.

    March 20

  • Bonnie Lee

    I think we addressed the basic questions of location, how to choose the books and host/moderator roles. We did well to cover most of the questions listed for our first meeting. I will post a summary of our first meeting in the Discussion section of the site

    March 20

  • Donna Gilligan

    Great to meet you Bonnie and everyone else.

    March 20

  • Bonnie Lee

    Hey Glynnis, sorry to hear you can't make it tonight but totally understand. One of us will take notes as we need to make initial decisions on some important questions for our group starting out. You and others not able to come can add your feedback.

    March 19

  • Glynnis

    Hey all,
    Unfortunately, I have to miss our first meeting. I'm quite bummed about it. The issue is that I've got a new job and while I'm in training, I have to adhere to my supervisor's schedule. I expect to be able to make everything after this, though. Have fun!

    March 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Bonnie, I loved our book choices! Excited to meet up in 2 weeks. Are we supposed to be ordering dinner this night?

    March 5

    • Bonnie Lee

      No, no expectations. When I first asked about reserving the area in the restaurant I said anywhere from 3-14 people and people may only like a coffee or glass of wine. So just whatever you want to do. I plan on an appe and drink. I'll be there at 6:30

      March 5

  • Bonnie Lee

    Hi Ella, looks like only the Meet up organizer can use the poll/survey option. So please send me 3-4 names of novels that you would suggest for the group and that you might guide discussion on (only novels, only fiction). When I get 12 titles I'll post another survey for members to look over. Im new to organizer role with Meetups and just discovered the Survey option. It seems like a cool tool for us to put some titles out there for the rest of the group; novels we have read and enjoyed or want to read.

    February 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    i wasn't sure how to add suggestions - i generally like non-fiction and love Bill Bryson, would love to read MI6, like Jared Diamond, etc., but open to just about anything - i even read 'twilight' w/ a previous book club, though had to hold my nose... ;-)

    February 13

  • S.S.Segran

    Hi Bonnie, I may have a problem here with the schedule because I attend Air Cadets meets every Wednesday

    February 13

  • Bonnie Lee

    The meet-ups have to be Wednesday evenings. I'm wondering what Wednesday of the month works best for the group?

    February 13

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Bonnie, The last Wed. is best for me, though I can make the 1st and 2nd work too. I would however have the occasional problem with the third Wednesday.

      February 13

    • Crystal Griffiths

      I am good with any weds evenings of the month. I can't wait to meet new people.

      February 13

  • Donna Gilligan

    Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    January 29

  • Bonnie Lee

    March 19th. Originally we aimed for Feb 19 but decided that didn't give us enough time for planning. Thanks for pointing that out, I'll check the site again to make sure only one date is listed for our first meeting

    January 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ive seen Feb.19 and March 19 for our first meeting. Which is it?

    January 28

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