GUIDE TO BOOK CLUBS

Book Clubs & Reading Events in New Orleans

Alliance Francaise
Bizarre Books & Films
The Blue House
Booze n’ Books
Garden District Book Shop
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans Museum of Art Book Club
NOLA Lit Book Club
Ogden Museum Book Club
One Book One New Orleans
Reading that Classics in New Orleans
SoBou
Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival
Tubby & Coo’s
Queer Book Club
Womens National Book Association – New Orleans Chapter

Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans

 

Alliance Francaise

Alliance Francaise has been the French cultural and educational center of New Orleans since 1984. They offer reading clubs at various reading and speaking levels, typically meeting once a month on Thursdays or Saturdays, depending on level. Check their event calendar for dates, times, and readings.

Website: www.af-neworleans.org/events
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Bizarre Books & Films

New Orleans’ Bizarre Books and Films group avoids the mainstream and the classics and instead focuses on the “edgy, rebellious, and/or eccentric”. The group has over 800 members and meets on a monthly basis at Flora’s in the Marigny and various other locations. Join the group here to see the monthly readings and the details for meetups. (Not for the faint of heart)

Website: https://www.meetup.com/bizabc/
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The Blue House Book Club

The Blue House is more than your traditional shared work space. It is a collaborative working community for writers, researchers, entrepreneurs, developers, and others to come together in a flexible space. The Blue House features events, such as their book club, which furthers their unique approach to bring people together and stimulate meaningful conversation. Check their Facebook page for updates and email Ben Saxton at saxtonb@gmail.com to get added to the reading list for the club’s monthly meetings.

Website: http://thebluehousenola.com/
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Booze n’ Books

Booze n’ Books, founded in 2009, is a 21+ reading club that follows very simple rules. Read a good book, meet up, drink, and talk about it. Booze n’ Books is organized through meetup.com, boasting more than 800 members and 84 past meetups. The group meets at The Columns on St. Charles Avenue once a month.

Website: https://www.meetup.com/NOLA-boozenbooks/
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Garden District Book Shop

Garden District Book Shop Book Club meets for discussion on the second Wednesday of every month. Check here for upcoming selections. Authors frequently attend, join the discussion, and sign copies. Get a 20% discount when buying the monthly selection in-store!

Website: http://www.gardendistrictbookshop.com/book-club
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Maple Street Book Shop

Maple Street Book Shop has been open for more than 50 years. Check their Facebook for the monthly readings and upcoming events. No sign-up required for attendance, and refreshments are served during the sessions. Book club choice is sold for a 10% discount in-store. Local authors, writers, and poets frequently attend to facilitate the group discussion.

Website: http://www.maplestreetbookshop.com/pages/view/276/385/
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New Orleans Museum of Art

NOMA offers a reading club featuring both fiction and nonfiction works pertaining to art, art history, art museums etc. Readings for 2017 discussions will all be associated with the NOLA4WOMEN project. The reading calendar can be found here.

Website: https://noma.org/book-club-2017-schedule-reading-list/
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NOLALIT Book Club

Nolalit votes on the books and reads independently, meeting the second Monday of the month at historic landmark, The Columns Hotel (3811 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115) at 6:00 p.m. Adults and mature teens are invited to attend with $1 per meeting towards promotion. Food and drinks are available during Column’s happy hour 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Website: http://www.creativitycollective.com/nolalit.html
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Ogden Museum Reading Club

Ogden Museum Reading Club meets approximately every 6 weeks, lasting from 5:30-7:00 pm. The reading club is free for members of the Ogden Museum, however new members should email the education manager, Ellen Balkin at ebalkin@ogdenmuseum.org.

Website: https://ogdenmuseum.org/ogden-museum-members-book-club/
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One Book One New Orleans

A campaign for literacy and community, One Book One New Orleans calls on New Orleans residents to share the experience of reading the same book at the same time, works to provide literacy resources to adults, and emphasizes the importance of dialogue between diverse groups of people.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/onebookoneneworleans/
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Reading the Classics (and More)

Reading the Classics is another meetup.com based reading club. The website group has over 300 members and has had hundreds of past meetups. The group typically meets on the third Saturday of each month at 11am at Krewe du Brew on St. Charles Ave to discuss the main selection (typically classics). Then, based on individuals interests, smaller meetings are often scheduled throughout the month discussing other works such as novellas, plays, and science fiction.

Website: https://www.meetup.com/nolabc/
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SoBou’s Round Table

SoBou is a modern creole restaurant at the W Hotel in the French Quarter known for its creative dishes and craft cocktails. January’s event featured local author M.O. Walsh and cocktails inspired by his novel My Sunshine Away. Garden Book Shop also attended with books available for purchase. Check their event calendar to see upcoming dates.

Website: http://www.sobounola.com/whats-new/barbars-events/
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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival celebrates the genius of Tennessee Williams, who once called our city his “spiritual home,” and the contemporary artists who are as honest and unflinching in their examination of the human condition as our patron playwright.
 The Festival, held in late March every year, is a five-day celebration of contemporary literature, culture, theater, along with the works of Tennessee Williams. Attendees enjoy award-winning speakers alongside fresh new voices on the literary scene. The Festival includes master classes; panel discussions; celebrity interviews; theater, food and music events; a scholars conference; breakfast book club; French Quarter literary and LGBT walking tours; a book fair; and special evening events and social gatherings.

Website: http://tennesseewilliams.net/
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Tubby & Coo’s

Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop is more than just a book shop. They describe themselves as “a community center for nerds, geeks, freaks, and the like”. Tubby & Coo’s offers a variety of different reading club options, including Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and “Not-so-Young-Adult”. Fill out the signup form here to enroll.

Website: http://tubbyandcoos.com/sign-up-for-our-book-clubs/
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Queer Book Club

New Orleans’ Queer Book Club is a Facebook organized group that meets at the New Orleans LGBT Community Center. The reading selections cater to the LGBTQ community. January’s selection was Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg. Check the public group here for updates on readings and meetings.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NOLA.QBC/
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National Women’s Book Club Association – New Orleans Chapter

The WNBA-New Orleans is a chapter of the Women’s National Book Association which was founded in 1917 (before women had the right to vote) when women were excluded from national publishing gatherings.  With local chapters around the country, WNBA is an organization of women and men who work with and value books.  WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book.

Website: http://wnba-nola.org/
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Words and Music Festival

New and established writers join dedicated readers in a unique multi-arts festival sponsored by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc., created in 1990 on William Faulkner’s birthday by men and women dedicated to good books and their authors, including Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, who wrote his first novel, Soldiers’ Pay, in New Orleans, LA.

Website: https://wordsandmusic.org/
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