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.
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.
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.
The Middle Grade and Tween groups differ in the type of content covered in each book. If you have a question about the content of books chosen or which group your reader should be in, please contact Keiana directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Recent selections include Where Cooking Begins by Carla Lalli Music.
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.
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.
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.
Recent selections include The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making by Jared Yates Sexton; This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate Contributor by Naomi Klein; and Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.