What we're about

Do you live in Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, maybe Hermosa Beach? Do you like reading great books and socializing with smart, plugged-in fellow readers? Then you're in the right place!

When I moved to the South Bay five years ago, I looked for a good book club with little luck. I work in publishing and I was sure there were fellow readers around here. It can't ALWAYS be surfing and volleyball, can it??

After starting the Redondo Beach Book Club, I realized there are! Now in its fifth year, the Redondo Beach Book Club meets monthly and reads a variety of books voted in by the members (both fiction and nonfiction). There's no age minimum or maximum, but it's turning out to be mostly women - which we like. Of course, you must be 21+ to drink wine...so there's that.

If you'd like to attend a meetup, join the wait list and read the book. Most of the wait list usually gets in by the time the meeting happens. Please note, however, that we're strict about the No Show Policy (copied at the bottom of each meetup description).

Now, let's get reading! :)

Upcoming events (5)

"War & Peace" by Leo Tolstoy (Online): Book 1; Part 1

Online event

ABOUT THE BOOK: If you think you might need a support group to get through WAR AND PEACE, we're here to help. I don't know why we agree to these things (wine!), but bonus book club ladies decided to tackle WAR AND PEACE in 2021. We'll read approximately 100 pages a month and meet on the 4th Thursday to discuss. All are welcome! THIS MONTH PLEASE READ BOOK 1, PART 1. Will we finish??? Who knows.... But it's sure to be an adventure. HOUSEKEEPING: If you RSVP "Going" and your plans change, please try to update your response at least seven days in advance. NO SHOW POLICY: In April 2019, a new NO SHOW POLICY was put into place to help ensure people on the waitlist can get into each meeting with enough time to read the book while also weeding out flakey flakers who reserve a seat but don't use it. The new NO SHOW POLICY is in two parts: (1) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club WITHOUT EXPLANATION, you'll be immediately removed from the group. (2) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club with explanation, but for any reason, you'll be marked a 'No Show.' If you rack up three 'No Shows," you'll be removed from the group.

Panel Discussion: Inside the Publication of "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett

ABOUT THE PANEL: The NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing invites you to the next NYU Media Talk, an in-depth, inside look at how THE VANISHING HALF, a multi-generational story about race, family, and the quest for a new identity, captured audiences and rose to the top of bestseller lists nationwide. Author Brit Bennett will speak about the inspiration behind the novel The Vanishing Half. Her editor and marketing director will take you inside the steps to success on the publisher side. This case study on the making of a bestseller will be moderated by Pamela Paul, Editor of The New York Times Book Review and all book coverage at the paper.eople sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins. $15.00 which you can pay when you register online here: http://www.cvent.com/events/nyusps-media-talk-a-bestseller-like-no-other-inside-the-publication-of-the-vanishing-half-by-brit-be/event-summary-2dab2b536c6549dfa6adde4deac7950b.aspx

February (Online): "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie

WHAT WE'RE READING: One of the most famous and beloved mysteries from The Queen of Suspense -- Agatha Christie! "Ten . . ." Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U. N. Owen." "Nine . . ." At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. "Eight . . ." Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . as one by one . . . they begin to die. "Seven . . ." Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive? HOUSEKEEPING: If you RSVP "Going" and your plans change, please try to update your response at least seven days in advance. NO SHOW POLICY: In April 2019, a new NO SHOW POLICY was put into place to help ensure people on the waitlist can get into each meeting with enough time to read the book while also weeding out flakey flakers who reserve a seat but don't use it. The new NO SHOW POLICY is in two parts: (1) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club WITHOUT EXPLANATION, you'll be immediately removed from the group. (2) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club with explanation, but for any reason, you'll be marked a 'No Show.' If you rack up three 'No Shows," you'll be removed from the group.

"War & Peace" by Leo Tolstoy (Online): Pages 100 to 200

ABOUT THE BOOK: If you think you might need a support group to get through WAR AND PEACE, we're here to help. I don't know why we agree to these things (wine!), but bonus book club ladies decided to tackle WAR AND PEACE in 2021. We'll read approximately 100 pages a month and meet on the 4th Thursday to discuss. All are welcome! Will we finish??? Who knows.... But it's sure to be an adventure. HOUSEKEEPING: If you RSVP "Going" and your plans change, please try to update your response at least seven days in advance. NO SHOW POLICY: In April 2019, a new NO SHOW POLICY was put into place to help ensure people on the waitlist can get into each meeting with enough time to read the book while also weeding out flakey flakers who reserve a seat but don't use it. The new NO SHOW POLICY is in two parts: (1) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club WITHOUT EXPLANATION, you'll be immediately removed from the group. (2) If you RSVP 'Going' and cancel your RSVP within seven days of book club with explanation, but for any reason, you'll be marked a 'No Show.' If you rack up three 'No Shows," you'll be removed from the group.

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