What we're about

Book lovers converge to share their favorite reads and discover new literature.

Have you read something so good lately that you've been bursting to tell someone about it? Are you looking for ways to socialize and have good discussions without the "reading assignment" pressure of a book club?

The Exchange is for you!

The Exchange is launching to bring folks together in the DMV and open our world to stories we might never have heard otherwise.

We meet once a month at a coffee shop, pub, bookstore, or wine bar in or around Arlington to talk about the books we want to share and get to know each other. Special outings to book fests, sales, storytelling events, etc. will also be scheduled as they arise.

Here's how it works:
Come to one of ABE's monthly exchanges
Bring a book (and be ready to tell the group what you love about it!)
Borrow a book from a fellow bookie and read it over the next month.
Return the book at the next exchange & repeat!

The Exchange is open to book lovers of every sort and seeks to provide a warm and welcoming environment for people from all walks of life.

For your awareness:

The Exchange is based on the honor system, so don't lend any family heirlooms or any books you'll need back soon.

If you are unable to return or replace a book within a month, you'll be given a second month grace period during which you cannot borrow any more books from group members.

If anyone fails to return/replace a borrowed book within the two month time frame, they'll be removed from the group.

Upcoming events (5+)

March Book Exchange

Central Coffee Bar

Our second coffee shop meetup of the year! We meet once a month in or around Arlington to talk about the books we want to share and get to know each other. Here's how it works: Bring a book (and be ready to tell the group what you love about it!) Borrow a book from a fellow bookie and read it over the next month. Return the book at the next exchange & repeat! The actual exchange will happen around 7:30, so aim to show up by then (at the very latest) to get a good book!

March Books+Brews

Caboose Commons

Our second Meetup option for March -- this one for happy hour and book exchanging at a local brewery. For those of you who haven't been, Caboose is beer-lover heaven and a book lover's refuge with tons of quiet space, a big patio, and genuinely delicious food. As with our other meetups, this one will be pretty informal/casual. Introductions, sharing a book recommendation, and then visiting for awhile before going home with a new book (or book idea). Here's how it works: Bring a book (and be ready to tell the group what you love about it!) Borrow a book from a fellow bookie and read it over the next month. Return the book at the next exchange & repeat! The actual exchange will happen around 6PM (and happy hour ends then too), so aim to show up by then (at the very latest) to get a good book!

April Book Exchange

Republik Coffee Bar

We meet once a month in or around Arlington to talk about the books we want to share and get to know each other. Here's how it works: Bring a book (and be ready to tell the group what you love about it!) Borrow a book from a fellow bookie and read it over the next month. Return the book at the next exchange & repeat! The actual exchange will happen around 7:30PM, so aim to show up by then (at the very latest) to get a good book! P.S. Republik Coffee Bar has been kind enough to reserve space for us this night, so please be extra courteous about your RSVP's.

April Books+Booze

Wilson Hardware

Our second Meetup option for April -- this one for happy hour and book exchanging at a local cocktail bar and restaurant. As with our other meetups, this one will be pretty informal/casual. Introductions, sharing a book recommendation, and then visiting for awhile before going home with a new book (or book idea). Space maxes out at 15, so please RSVP early. Thanks! Check out the happy hour menu here! https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58c5dbccd2b8573ccaf8d4b7/t/5bbb8b038165f5f6e6cff4be/1539017476612/HH+Menu+%28Fall+2018.pdf Note: Wilson Hardware has been generous enough to reserve space for a group of our size at no extra charge. So please be courteous about keeping your RSVP updated, and buy a burger if you feel so inclined! (Burgers are only $9 on Monday's)

Past events (2)

February Books+Booze

BABA

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