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Best Book Clubs To Join In Charlotte

May 28, 2012 6:00 AM

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Book clubs abound in Charlotte. The public library website lists nearly 100. Emiene Wright, correspondence secretary for the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists, indicates that Facebook and www.meetup.com lists details on dozens. This list of five is “the tip of the iceberg” according to Frank Burleson, manager of Park Road Books. Decide which one sparks your interest and join in the conversation.
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Charlotte Book Club
Meetings at Charlotte Cafe
4127 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 523-0431
www.meetup.com/charlottebookclub

Since 2006, Charlotte Book Club members have been sharing a new book of fiction or non-fiction every month, and enjoying the opportunity to make new friends along the way. Currently, this group lists 196 readers. The website states that the group goals are to, “Meet new people, socialize, exchange ideas, have a great time and read some books that maybe we wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves had we been alone wandering at Borders.” Books are selected through a voting system, and these readers tend to stay away from mysteries. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Cafe in the Park Road Shopping Center. Join the conversation through the club’s Facebook page or meetup.com page.

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Per Petterson’s ‘Out Stealing Horses’ is the International House Book Club’s June pick. (credit: Picador)

The International House Book Club
322 Hawthorne Lane
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 333-8099
www.ihclt.org

The International House Book Club, started in 2006, boasts 193 readers. It meets on a monthly basis to discuss works that present vistas outside of Charlotte. Meetings are enhanced by cuisine representing the location of the book being discussed. Future voyages this year will take readers to Mexico, India, Norway, Venice, Yugoslavia and Brazil.

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Grant Achatz’s ‘Life, on the Line’ is the Park Road Books Foodie Book Club’s pick for May 29. (credit: Gotham Books)

Park Road Books
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 525-9239
www.parkroadbooks.com

Park Road Books, established in 1977, is a popular site for Charlotte bibliophiles. Burleson, who runs the store, indicates that its customer base includes 50 to 60 groups. There are book clubs meeting in churches, at the public library and other creative venues. Three book clubs meet at Park Road Books location on a regular basis. The store has a club, and there is also a food and cook book club. Anyone is welcome to attend if they happen to be browsing in the store. The Mint Museum‘s book club also meets at this location. The Park Road Books’ website calendar indicates a healthy schedule of events, including authors reading from their works.

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Sistah’s Book Club
www.meetup.com/sistahsbookclub

Founded in 2008, the Sistah’s Book Club has 138 readers who focus on African American authors. New members may join through its meetup.com site or Facebook page. The annual dues are $10 which is menial for the wealth of education you will receive from these focused books. The club’s meetup.com website indicates, “…we do not focus on the popular urban genre reads, however if you believe that reading others’ life experiences enhances your own, then this is the book club for you!” The Facebook site shows a trail of interesting comments by some knowledgeable women of color.

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South Charlotte Book Social
www.meetup.com/South-Charlotte-Book-Social

South Charlotte Book Social meets at different locations in the Southpark, Ballantyne and Arboretum areas. This organization, started in 2010, has an impressive 232 readers. Bi-monthly discussions, over a meal and beverages, are dedicated to fiction or non-fiction writings. Newcomers are welcomed, even if they arrive while the second half of the book is being discussed. April’s meetings were dedicated to Walter Issacson’s work on Steve Jobs, and in May the focus was on Juliet Ashton’s “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” and “Creepers” by David Morrell.

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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