There are some great clubs in the capital to read and discuss books. Continue reading to learn about 10 top book clubs in Washington, D.C.
DC Public Library Book Clubs are a number of book clubs run through the DC Public Library in Washington, D.C. Residents and people who attend school or work in the District of Columbia are eligible for a library card, which will give access to the many resources that the DC Public Library has to offer, including their book clubs.
There are various book clubs for people of all age ranges and interests. For example, “Mystery Book Club” meets monthly online on the second Wednesday of the month for adults interested in reading mystery novels. Another book club, “Travel Fiction Book Club,” welcomes adults, including seniors, who are passionate about discussing shared books about travel to their meetings on the third Tuesday afternoon of the month.
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Located in Washington, D.C., Lost City Books Book Clubs are a number of book clubs organized by Lost City Books, a local book shop full of passionate artists, writers and readers. The book shop hosts a number of monthly book clubs, where book club members gather for discussion about a shared book.
Lost City Books Book Clubs’ events are organized a month at a time. Examples of Lost City Books Book Clubs include “Poetry Book Club,” which meets on the third September evening and reads books like “Girls That Never Die” by Safia Elhillo. Another book group, “Caribbean Reads,” meets on the last Friday of the month and focuses on Caribbean literature. “Queer Book Club” welcomes individuals of the queer community and meets on the third Wednesday evening of every month.
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Solid State Books Book Clubs are a number of book clubs that are managed through the local book shop Solid State Books. In the area of Washington, D.C. Solid State Books is situated in the downtown core and is an independent, Black-owned bookstore that offers a great range of fiction and non-fiction books.
Solid State Books Book Clubs include “Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club,” which takes place on the last Tuesday of the month, “New Fiction,” a new book club focusing on a newly published book club that takes place once a month, and “Drugs Book Club” which meets once a quarter and focuses on discussions about society’s relationship with drugs and other illicit substances. Book club members can also enjoy a 10% discount on book club books purchased through Solid State Books.
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Queer Christian Book Club is a Washington, D.C.-based book club hosted by book club organizer Molly. The book club focuses on books related to Christianity, welcoming individuals identifying as queer who are interested in Christianity or are Christians and are looking for a supportive environment to gather and speak about Queer Christian Book Club’s shared books.
Books that Queer Christian Book Club is interested in covering include “The Universal Christ” by Richard Rohr. Book club meetings happen biweekly on Wednesday evenings. Queer Christian Book Club meets at their usual meeting location at As You Are, an LGBTQIA+ friendly local bar.
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For locals in Washington, D.C., History of Philosophy Book Club is a book club that welcomes individuals interested in gathering to speak about monthly books about philosophy. The book club is managed by a dedicated team of co-organizers and has grown to over 900 individuals passionate about books and discussions about philosophy.
History of Philosophy Book Club members can look forward to going over texts such as the Vedic Upanishads and books like “Gender Trouble” by Judith Butler. Book club meetings occur once a month on the second Saturday of the month in the afternoon. History of Philosophy Book Club meetings take place online and in person at different local venues.
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Situated in Washington, D.C., Conservative Book Club – DC is a book club organized by co-organizers Lida, Sita, Ellen and Will. Together, they help lead a book club of over 600 active book club members who enjoy reading conservative non-fiction books.
For an idea of the kinds of books that Conservative Book Club – DC reads, look at books like “Irreversible Damage” by Abigail Shriner and “A Miracle That Changed The World” by W. Cleon Skousen. The book club meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Book club meetings take place in person at different venues in the area.
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DC Fun & Stimulating Book Club & Happy Hours is a book club that is equally passionate about reading books and having a good time with other book club members in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to their book club meetings, DC Fun & Stimulating Book Club & Happy Hours offers members an opportunity to join other book club members in activities such as hikes and visits to local bars and cafes.
“The Line Becomes a River” by Francisco Cantu and “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes. Book club meetings happen online and book club members will be asked for a participation fee of $3.00. Book club meetings take place on the second Tuesday of the month in the evening.
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Mindfulness Book Discussions and Practice is a book club out of Washington, D.C., led by Sarah and Jacob, co-hosts of the podcast “The Aware Mind.” Adults of all backgrounds who are passionate about learning more about mindfulness can join other book club members of Mindfulness Book Discussions and Practice in book discussions and meditation sessions.
Look at books like “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron and “10% Happier” by Dan Harris as examples of some books that book club members can look forward to discussing at Mindfulness Book Discussions and Practice. Book club meetings happen on a Monday evening every month and is usually held online.
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Book group organizer Andy Strike is passionate about reading and meeting with other book lovers. Books & Banter Book Club is a book club that reads fiction and non-fiction books about topics such as history, science, graphic novels and poetry. Located in Washington, D.C., Books & Banter Book Club asks book club members to try their best to finish reaching the monthly book before the meeting, to be able to participate and enjoy the conversation fully.
Some of Books & Banter Book Club’s past books include “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn and “The Social Conquest of Earth” by Edward O. Wilson. Book club participants happen on the second Monday of each month. Book club participants may be asked for a participation fee, which may vary depending on book club meeting and venue.
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Women in Washington, D.C. can enjoy meeting other local women at Wine and Book Pairing Women’s Book Club, a book club that welcomes passionate readers who also enjoy the occasional glass of wine. The book club loves to discover great books but also places equal value on the positive relationships that book club members can look forward to fostering at Wine and Book Pairing Women’s Book Club.
In the past, Wine and Book Pairing Women’s Book Club has gone through “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens and “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue” by V.E. Schwab. Book club meetings often take place at group organizer Camie B’s personal home in Washington, D.C. on different dates once a month.
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