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Books! Beverages! New friends!

Having been unsuccessful at finding a Seattle book club that doesn't already have hundreds of members, I decided to start my own. If you are interested in reading books, talking about those books while drinking some type of delicious beverage (I'm thinking wine, beer, or cocktails), and potentially making new friends, this group is for you! Together, we are going to make this the Best Book Club in the World. It's a pretty high bar, but I think we can get there. :)

Our book club meetings are once a month on Sundays from 2-4pm. As of July 2021, we have transitioned back into in-person meetings for those members who are fully vaccinated. No more Zoom -- hooray! For now, we're meeting outdoors at various Seattle parks and bringing food and drinks to share. Certainly not everybody comes to every single meetup, but it's my hope that members can attend at least one out of every three meetups or better.

This group's small size is the basis of its appeal for most members, so I am committed to keeping it small -- about 30 people. This gives us all a chance to get to know one another and have a productive conversation about the book.

If this book club sounds like a good fit for you, I would love for you to join!

Upcoming events (3)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass @Optimism (outside)

We’ll be reading Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll for November’s meetup! There are a number of versions (physical and ebook) that have both stories in a single edition.

We will be meeting at Optimism Brewing in their outdoor area. When we arrive, we'll post on the event page with our table number so everyone can find us.

At this time, we are limiting the meeting to fully vaccinated members only. You'll need to bring your vaccination card to the meetup.

Take a Look at the Five and Ten by Connie Willis @ Optimism (outside)

Optimism Brewing Company

Join us on Sunday, December 12th at 2pm for a lively discussion of "Take a Look at the Five and Ten" by Connie Willis!

We will be meeting at Optimism Brewing in their outdoor area. When we arrive, we'll post on the event page with our table number so everyone can find us.

At this time, we are limiting the meeting to fully vaccinated members only. You'll need to bring your vaccination card to the meetup.

Description of the book:

Ori's holidays are an endless series of elaborately awful meals cooked by her one-time stepfather Dave's latest bride. Attended by a loose assemblage of family, Ori particularly dreads Grandma Elving--grandmother of Dave's fourth wife--and her rhapsodizing about the Christmas she worked at Woolworth's in the 1950s. And, of course, she hates being condescended to by beautiful, popular Sloane and her latest handsome pre-med or pre-law boyfriend. But this Christmas is different. Sloane's latest catch Lassiter is extremely interested in Grandma Elving's boringly detailed memories of that seasonal job, seeing in them the hallmarks of a TFBM, or traumatic flashbulb memory. With Ori's assistance, he begins to use the older woman in an experiment--one she eagerly agrees to. As Ori and Lassiter spend more time together, Ori's feelings for him grow alongside the elusive mystery of Grandma's past. From beloved New York Times bestselling, multiple-award-winning author Connie Willis comes another enchanting science fictional Christmas tale and screwball comedy. Readers in the need for a dose of Willis's humor and heart will want to curl up with this novella for the holidays.

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Optimism Brewing Company

To ring in the new year, we'll be reading "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Meet us at Optimism Brewing on Sunday, January 23rd at 2pm for a discussion of the book and some tasty beverages!

When we arrive at Optimism, we'll post on the event page with our table number so everyone can find us.

At this time, we are limiting the meeting to fully vaccinated members only. You'll need to bring your vaccination card to the meetup.

Description of the book:

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings are we capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learning to give our own gifts in return.

Past events (42)

“Beartown” by Frederick Backman @ Seward Park

Seward Park Playground

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