What we're about

Hear ye, hear ye! Let's start a book club where we read books that matter, books that are hilarious and books that remind us why we love to read and why it's still so amazing, even after all these years (and all deez books). Let's invite the men and the women and any of the wonderful non-binary people looking for a welcoming home to talk ideas, culture, art and more.

San Clemente’s Book Club and Salon was established in January 2019 as a place to gather, learn, entertain and be entertained. Our primary purpose is social connection and community, and we find that here as we dig into new books and ideas while sharing great food.

Wikipedia defines a salon as: a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. Yup, that’s pretty much exactly what we’re going for, plus research shows all social events are 95% more enjoyable when you feed people. So we potluck and bring a dish to share that goes well with our book/topic of discussion.

We alternate between non-fiction (odd-numbered meetups) and fiction (even-numbered meetups) books. We select the non-fiction books by picking a topic, and then voting for one book among several under that topic umbrella. Our fiction picks are made by individual members; with a member selected at random able to choose our book for the next meetup.

Our events are limited to 12-15 people to encourage conversation in a roundtable format and seats fill quickly, so be sure to join our group to be notified of new events as they are announced! We charge $2 to $5 per Meetup to cover our costs and ensure that every RSVP can make it, and anyone who is on the waitlist can join if someone cancels.

We gather to encourage each other to keep reading and keep asking questions. It's supposed to be fun and so far it has been super fun, come join us!

Upcoming events (4)

Sidebar Conversation: Changing the Mind

North Beach

It felt like the Book #3 Meetup opened a can of worms, and that the ideas in the book as well as the topics touched on in the book and in the conversation were ones of interest to a lot of people. There is a lot to talk about here: the science behind our brains and mystical or spiritual experiences, the actual experiences of psychedelics, and also how things can change unexpectedly (for example the village that was featured in the Life magazine- became much more commercialized and exploited than anyone expected). It's also a great time to talk about other books or authors in this genre that members have found influential or helpful. Since we may not get a chance to talk about "substances" again for a while in our regular meetup, this is a fun way to introduce other books or talk about these ideas some more. A walk from North Beach to the Pier and back to occasion our own communion with nature? Or at the very least, a chance to be outside. Those who didn't attend the meetup or get a chance to read the book are also welcome. Pets and friends and children are also invited!

Book #4 Meetup for SCBC&S (He Said/She Said)

House of Trestles

$2.00

Book #4 is He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly, handpicked by our very own "phuntchr" :). Location will be at House of Trestles in San Clemente, which is very kind to host us and a super chill environment, thanks guys! Potluck: If you like, please feel free to bring a dish to share with the group. The author is English--so maybe some proper English food? This section will update as we get into the book. I'll bring plates, utensils, napkins and cups, so you just need to bring your dish or beverage to share! Please comment BELOW what you are bringing! Agenda: 6-6:15: Arrivals, introductions, potluck setup 6:15-6:30: Book club welcome and discussion of future meetups 6:30-7:40: General book discussion, handout discussion topics 7:40-8: Wrap up, Meetup #6 book selection (select a member present to pick our next fiction read) If our discussion runs long, members are welcome to stay and continue the conversation, but we will need to move from the Gallery as a yoga class starts at 8 PM. Discussion Questions will be posted here. Add your own questions on the message board (Select "More" and then "Message Boards") of our group under "Book Discussion Questions".

Book #5 Meetup for SCBC&S (Utopia for Realists)

House of Trestles

$2.00

Book #5 is Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World by Rutger Bregman. Location will be at House of Trestles in San Clemente, which is very kind to host us and a super chill environment, thanks guys! Potluck: If you like, please feel free to bring a dish to share with the group. I'll bring plates, utensils, napkins and cups, so you just need to bring your dish or beverage to share! Please comment BELOW what you are bringing! Agenda: 6-6:15: Arrivals, introductions, potluck setup 6:15-6:30: Book club welcome and discussion of future meetups 6:30-7:40: General book discussion, handout discussion topics 7:40-8: Wrap up, Meetup #5 book selection If our discussion runs long, members are welcome to stay and continue the conversation, but we will need to move from the Gallery as a yoga class starts at 8 PM. Discussion Questions will be posted here. Add your own questions on the message board (Select "More" and then "Message Boards") of our group under "Book Discussion Questions".

Summer Camp for All: 2019 Inaugural Getaway (All Ages)

Camp Nelson

$375.00

We have got PLANS for you. Not too many plans--Summer Camp for All is designed to be both rustic and restive. Who should attend? Anyone who loves the break that summer provides and wants to spend an unplugged weekend in the mountain wilderness, hiking, fishing, canoeing, talking about books, big ideas or nothing at all. Anyone who loves being outdoors but doesn't really love all that damn gear you need and figuring out what to eat for 3 days without refrigeration - let us handle making great food and providing a place to sleep (in a tent or cabin, as you prefer), and you join for the fresh air, starry nights and outdoor adventures. As always, our primary purpose is social connection and creating community and a sense of tradition in our activities. No activity is mandatory and this is a chance to enjoy nature and enjoy time with friends, new and old. Includes roundtrip charter bus accommodations from San Clemente and all meals for the weekend. Lodging will be in double-occupancy cabins or you can bring your own tent and camp on site. Fees shown are per person for cabins and king or queen bed accommodations (futons in cabins- $300 and tent camping $250, and includes all the same amenities except where you sleep, and you must bring your own tent). Website where you can pay and get all the details coming May 1. In the meantime, reserve your spot for a summer camp for all ages that is designed to ease your mind! All ages, genders, backgrounds welcome. Tell your friends, family or anyone you want to bring along. Children are welcome, but you will likely prefer your own room or tent camping-we will figure out individual accommodations as reservations come in. (Please note: our property does not allow pets, smoking or alcohol. Don't worry, good times can still be had without them!)

Past events (3)

Book #3 Meetup for SCBC&S (How to Change Your Mind)

House of Trestles

$2.00

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