Monthly Book Discussions

First Thursday Book Discussion

At the Columbia Public Library at noon on the first Thursday of each month.

  • April 2018: “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi
    As Islamic fundamentalists were conducting morality raids and seizing control of Iranian universities, the teacher, Nafisi, secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics.
  • May 2018: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
    Death is the narrator of this thought-provoking historical novel set in World War II.

First Wednesday Book Discussion

At the Callaway County Public Library at noon on the first Wednesday of each month.

  • April 2018: “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance
    Vance’s memoir of growing up in poverty, joining the Marines, and eventually earning a law degree from Yale takes a serious look at American society.
  • May 2018: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
    This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel told from multiple viewpoints focuses on the World War II experiences of a blind French teenager and a young German soldier.

Pick-Your-Own-Book Club

At the Southern Boone County Public Library on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  We pick a theme, and you choose a book that’s related. Pick any fiction or nonfiction title to read, and then come discuss it with the group.

  • April 2018 theme: “local authors”
  • May 2018 theme: “important women”

Silent Book Club

At the Columbia Public Library at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

Join the most casual book club in town — there’s no required reading! B.Y.O.B. (bring your own book, that is), and enjoy coffee and cookies, conversations with other book lovers and one whole hour of silent reading.