East City Bookshop has eight store-coordinated book clubs, all free and open to the public. You can find each month’s selections at the front of the store and online. See our events calendar for the exact dates of upcoming meetings.
New Book Clubs
Short Story Happy Hour
Want to be in a book club, but always run out of time to read the book? Short Story Happy Hour is for you. Because honestly? You can probably do the reading on the Metro to Eastern Market the day of the meeting. Join us for a short discussion of contemporary short fiction -- just one story a month. We'll have a drink, and maybe you'll discover a new favorite author. See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings.
Are you a reading enthusiast in your 20s or 30s? The Capitol Hill Interesting Literature League for Young Professionals book club (CHILLY Ps) is aimed at readers in their 20's and 30's and discusses recent award winning or nominated titles. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. Join us! See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings.
New Fiction Book Club
If you're always scanning book reviews for the newest release with the biggest buzz, this book club is for you! Hosted by Emilie Sommer, this club focusing on recent literary fiction meets monthly on last Sundays, at 4 pm. See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings.
Social Justice Book Club
Hosted by ECB staff, this is space for thoughful conversation on issues of social justice and activism. Themes will include racial justice, immigration, LGBTQ rights, and more--we want readers to suggest specific titles and what they want to read about. See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings.
W(h)ine and Angst
Are you over 21 but you still love reading YA? Join our new W(h)ine & Angst Book Club, where we drink wine and read all kinds of books about teenagers. Run by Cecilia and Keiana, meetings are the second Friday of each month, at 6:30pm. See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings.
The ECB Fiction Book Club, hosted by Donna Sokol, meets once a month on the first Monday of the month (subject to seasonal holidays or other schedule disruptions). Ranging from Albert Camus to Paul Beatty, our selections are inspired specifically by the themes and struggles that resonate with our neighborhood. See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings.
ECB-Middle Readers, a book club is specifically designed for our middle readers between the ages of 9 and 12 years old. Hosted by Keiana, the first Sunday of every month at 3pm -- see our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings. The group will discuss books ranging from action-packed adventure to beautifully written stories on unexpected friendships. Oh, and...there will be snacks!
ECB-YA, a book club specifically designed for our teen readers. Great candidates for this group are already be reading books from our Young Adult section. Hosted by Keiana, the first Sunday of every month at 4:15pm -- see our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings. The group will discuss three different books ranging from action-packed adventure to beautifully written stories navigating the challenges of teenagerdom. Oh, and...there will be snacks!
The Middle Grade and YA groups differ in type of content covered in each book. Books in the Young Adult section features content relevant (& interesting) to teenagers. If you have a question about the content of books chosen or which group your reader should be in, please contact Keiana directly at email@example.com.
Do you want to host your book club meeting in our space?
We’d love for you to host your book club, knitting group, or other small meetup in the lounge area of our shop. Share the titles you’ll be reading and we will feature them in the shop. You are welcome to bring in beverages or mess-free snacks (including your own napkins, cups, and other supplies), just let us know in advance.
Drop a line to events@eastcitybookshop to check for availability and reserve the lounge.