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Best Book Clubs In Charlotte

August 26, 2013 8:00 AM

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Charlotte is a diverse, culturally rich and interesting city. As a result, the Queen City’s range of book clubs is similarly wide reaching. From books about the world to clubs focusing on food and business, there are book groups for every interest. Try one or more, make new friends and expand your horizons.
Park Road Books
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 525-9239

Park Road Books is one of Charlotte’s premier bookstores. In addition to its great selection of books, it also offers three different book groups that meet on a monthly basis. The Foodie Group focuses on food-related books like “Memoir of the Sunday Brunch” by Julia Pandl. The Foodie Group meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The Book Club offers a discussion of a monthly fiction pick on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The Geek Book Club gives sci-fi, manga and steampunk lovers a chance to talk about books like the July selection, “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. The Geek Group meets on the last Monday of the month. All of the groups get a 20-percent discount on that month’s book if purchased at Park Road Books.

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Books and Brunch (Business Book Club for Women)
Mugs Coffee
5126 Park Road, Suite 1D
Charlotte, NC 28209

This group allows the active woman a chance to combine three activities in one – brunch, networking and a discourse on a business-related book. On the first Saturday of most months, the 22 members gather to discuss a business-related book and network. You can empower your career while sharing your love of books over brunch. Book selections for the fall include “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” and “Outliers: The Story of Success.”

Charlotte Book Swap and Chat

So many readers have huge stacks of books sitting around their homes. This book group is for those of you who love to read and are ready to trade those used books for a new selection. This group meets at a new location, generally a weekend brunch. At the Book Swap and Chat, you can not only get recommendations, but you can browse the book and take it home with you for free. It’s a fabulous way to get great reading material and make new friends. Be sure to check the website for the next meet-up.

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International Book Club
International House
1817 Central Ave., Suite 215
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 333-8099

The world is a big place and there are many books that celebrate that fact. The International Book Club in Charlotte examines books by international authors, set in locations throughout the world. The fall 2013 selections are works of fiction. September 16 brings “Burnt Shadows” by Kamila Shamsie, a book following a woman after the atomic blast in Nagasaki through India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. On October 21, the group tackles “The Baker’s Daughter” by Sarah McCoy, a story set in 1945 Germany and modern day Texas. This is an exciting, active group that loves to explore the world through the written word.

The Woman’s National Book Association Book Club
5940 Fairview Road
Charlotte, NC 28210

Charlotte’s active chapter of The Women’s National Book Association has a monthly book group to discuss some of the best books on the indie market. As the mission of the WNBA is to promote reading and support the role of women in the book community, the group examines books that are often overlooked by the best-seller charts despite their quality. The next meeting, September 3, will discuss “Boleto” by Alyson Hagy and the October 1 meeting centers on the book, “In the Shadow of the Banyan” by Vaddey Ratner. The list for the new year will be released in October.



Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on

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