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The ORIGINAL and LONGEST RUNNING Book Club in Downtown Santa Ana!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

Do you love a good bit of fiction? Do you want to be “among people who are reading?” Well, you’ve found us! We are a co-ed book club that meets monthly at Chapter One: the modern local in Downtown Santa Ana.

Is this the book club for you?

Do you enjoy reading and discussing books with a diverse group of people?

Do you like modern fiction?

Do you want to participate in a vibrant discussion that encompasses varying viewpoints?

Are you over 21 years old (It IS called “Literature and Libations” after all)

Can you contribute to the discussion even if you haven’t quite finished the book?

When and where?

We will meet the second Tuesday of each month 6:30 – 8:30 at Chapter One: the modern local in Downtown Santa Ana in the Red Room (Private Room).

What will we do at the meetings?

We socialize and discuss books. We don't dissect each page in excruciating detail, but we DO discuss the book. We’ll start with some general discussion questions and then see where the conversation leads us – impressions, opinions, viewpoints and thoughts about the book. Most important for us, we want participants to feel safe sharing their opinions – please listen respectfully and inclusively and be prepared to share your thoughts. Discussion moderators rotate each month to keep the conversation fresh.

How are the books chosen?

Participants suggested books earlier this year and the club voted on what to read next. We are always looking for additional suggestions. Book suggestions should be modern (In general, published after 2015), fiction, and less than 350 pages.

Upcoming events (3)

OCTOBER BOOK CHAT: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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This will be an "in person" event. If you are not feeling well or have any signs of a fever or illness, please stay home for the sake of the other participants. Fully Vaxxed or Masked, please. Thank you!

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....

NOVEMBER BOOK CHAT: Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel

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This will be an "in person" event. If you are not feeling well or have any signs of a fever or illness, please stay home for the sake of the other participants. Fully Vaxxed or Masked, please. Thank you!

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse—the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Soon to be a Max Original Limited Series on HBO Max.

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

DECEMBER BOOK CHAT: How Should a Person Be by Sheila Heti

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IMPORTANT - This month's meeting is on MONDAY (rather than our usual Tuesday)

This will be an "in person" event. If you are not feeling well or have any signs of a fever or illness, please stay home for the sake of the other participants. Fully Vaxxed or Masked, please. Thank you!

Chosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times

By turns loved and reviled upon its U.S. publication, Sheila Heti's "breakthrough novel" (Chris Kraus, Los Angeles Review of Books) is an unabashedly honest and hilarious tour through the unknowable pieces of one woman's heart and mind. Part literary novel, part self-help manual, and part vivid exploration of the artistic and sexual impulse, How Should a Person Be? earned Heti comparisons to Henry Miller, Joan Didion, Mary McCarthy, and Flaubert, while shocking and exciting readers with its raw, urgent depiction of female friendship and of the shape of our lives now. Irreverent, brilliant, and completely original, Heti challenges, questions, frustrates, and entertains in equal measure. With urgency and candor she asks: What is the most noble way to love? What kind of person should you be?

Past events (48)

SEPTEMBER BOOK CHAT: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

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