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ECB Book Clubs

East City Bookshop has many 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 and book selections for upcoming meetings, and sign up to receive emails about upcoming books and meetings below.

Book club attendees are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks to enjoy and share during the meeting.

 

CHILLY Ps

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.

Recent selections include The Power by Naomi Alderman; There There by Tommy Orange; Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens; and Educated by Tara Westover

ECB Fiction

The ECB Fiction Book Club 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, and sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday; and Hologram For The King by Dave Eggers.

ECB - Middle Readers, Tween, and YA

The Middle Grade, Tween, and YA groups differ in the type of content covered in each book. Books in the Young Adult section feature 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 keiana@eastcitybookshop.com.

ECB - Middle Readers

A book club is specifically designed for our middle readers between the ages of 8 and 10 years old. The group will discuss books ranging from action-packed adventure to beautifully written stories on unexpected friendships. Oh, and...there will be snacks!

See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings, and parents can sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle; Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy by Gareth Wronski; and Sea Sirens by Amy Chu.

ECB - Tween

A book club is specifically designed for our readers in upper elementary school to middle school, who read books from both our Middle Reader and Young Adult sections. Books will begin to address issues relating to puberty, transitions, and crushes without veering into the more mature, teen-related content found in the Young Adult section. We’ll have snacks for all!

See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings, and parents can sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien; The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart; and New Kid by Jerry Craft.

ECB - YA

A book club specifically designed for our teen readers. Great candidates for this group are already reading books from our Young Adult section. The group will discuss different books ranging from action-packed adventure to beautifully written stories navigating the challenges of teenagerdom. Snacks will be provided! See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings.

For adults interested in reading and discussing YA fiction, check out our W(h)ine and Angst club.

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 book buyer Emilie Sommer, this club focusing on recent literary fiction meets monthly on the fourth Sunday at 4 pm.

See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings, and sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include Milkman by Anna Burns; Tangerine by Christine Mangan; and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

Reading with Rory: The Gilmore Girls Canon

Join fellow Gilmore Girls enthusiasts in reading through a selection of the 339 books Rory is filmed reading through the course of seven televised seasons. Meeting in the morning of the second Sunday each month, this club is BYOC - Bring Your Own Coffee!

See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings, and sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith; and Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

*NEW* Really Reading Romance

We're romance readers who love, well, love. Join us on the third Friday of the month as we discuss new and traditional romance novels. 

See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings, and sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang; The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai; and Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore.

*NEW* Saturday Supper Club

Held quarterly, the Saturday Supper Club is your chance to taste the delights of new and favorite cookbooks! Attendees are encouraged to make and bring a dish from the selected cookbook to share.

See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings, and sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include Where Cooking Begins by Carla Lalli Music.

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, and sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include “The Lesson” by Kelly Link, from her collection Get In Trouble; "The Legend of Lonnie Lion" by JM Holmes, from his collection How Are You Going to Save Yourself; and "Sabrina and Corina" by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, from her collection Sabrina and Corina.

Social Justice Book Club

This book club provides a space for thoughtful conversation on issues of social justice and activism. Themes will include racial justice, immigration, LGBTQ rights, and more--we’re also open to members suggesting specific titles and topics to explore.

See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings, and sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include Amateur by Thomas Page McBee; Killers of The Flower Moon by David Grann; and Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit.

Stranger Than Fiction

The Stranger Than Fiction club focuses on memoirs, essays, and other timely narrative non-fiction. This group meets on Sunday afternoons in the third week of each month, and is led by booksellers Kelsey and Destinee.

See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings, and sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin; I'll Be Gone in The Dark by Michelle McNamara; and Born A Crime by Trevor Noah.

Teen ARC Club

Children's and Young Adult Buyer Cecilia hosts a book club with special access to soon-to-be published young adult titles! This club is intended for readers who are 12 years and older. See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings.

Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

The Well-Read Black Girl club was founded in 2015 by renowned writer, Glory Edim as a means of celebrating and supporting women writers and readers of color. East City Bookshop has joined bookstores across the nation in this effort. We are deeply committed to having diverse voices represented at East City Bookshop, and this is a wonderful opportunity to do so!

See our events calendar for the details of upcoming meetings, and sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray; The Mothers by Brit Bennett; and Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker.

W(h)ine and Angst

Are you over 21 but you still love reading YA? Join our 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, and sign up here to be notified of upcoming books and meetings.

Recent selections include Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo; The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf; and The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton


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.