What we're about

We are a small, casual group whose focus is to bring together like-minded individuals who want to socialize and make new friends while exploring all of the great things that the Triangle has to offer. Durham is our home base for most activities, but we’re happy to explore all parts of the Triangle and we welcome members from anywhere in the region.

Our meetups mainly include book discussions and movies, but have also included live music, trivia nights, plays, museums, festivals, dining out and just about anything else that might be fun. Members are always free to suggest events for the group. Just contact one of the organizers with details of the event you'd like to host and we will post it for you.

Durham Books, Movies and More is funded by its members. There is a required annual fee to keep the Meetup site going of $8 per member. New members have 60 days to try out our group before paying dues. If you like the group and want to continue attending, please pay your dues on the Meetup page.

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January Book Discussion: The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

JANUARY BOOK DISCUSSION
The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
Hosted by Teri

From legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson comes a remarkable vision of climate change over the coming decades.

The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us—and in which we might just overcome the extraordinary challenges we face.

It is a novel both immediate and impactful, desperate and hopeful in equal measure, and it is one of the most powerful and original books on climate change ever written.

"The best science fiction-nonfiction novel I’ve ever read." —Jonathan Lethem, Vanity Fair

February Book Discussion: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

FEBRUARY BOOK DISCUSSION
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Hosted by Caroline

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. Now an original 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.

March Book Discussion: Mine! How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives

MARCH BOOK DISCUSSION
Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives by Michael A. Heller and James Salzman
Hosted by Doug

A hidden set of rules governs who owns what—explaining everything from whether you can recline your airplane seat to why HBO lets you borrow a password illegally—and in this lively and entertaining guide, two acclaimed law professors reveal how things become "mine."

"Mine" is one of the first words babies learn. By the time we grow up, the idea of ownership seems natural, whether buying a cup of coffee or a house. But who controls the space behind your airplane seat: you reclining or the squished laptop user behind? Why is plagiarism wrong, but it's okay to knock off a recipe or a dress design? And after a snowstorm, why does a chair in the street hold your parking space in Chicago, but in New York you lose the space and the chair?

Mine! explains these puzzles and many more. Surprisingly, there are just six simple stories that everyone uses to claim everything. Owners choose the story that steers us to do what they want. But we can always pick a different story. This is true not just for airplane seats, but also for battles over digital privacy, climate change, and wealth inequality. As Michael Heller and James Salzman show—in the spirited style of Freakonomics, Nudge, and Predictably Irrational—ownership is always up for grabs.

With stories that are eye-opening, mind-bending, and sometimes infuriating, Mine! reveals the rules of ownership that secretly control our lives.

April Book Discussion: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

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APRIL BOOK DISCUSSION
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Hosted by Teri

In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction—to the City of New York.

Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles's third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes.

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