Book Discussion Groups

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Upcoming Book Discussions

Date & Time Discussion Contact
Thu
Jan 6
@ 2 pm
The New Yorker Discussion Group
by Tim Alberta
STATUS: Meets on Zoom
Pete Sullivan
Mon
Jan 10
@ 7 pm
Nonfiction Book Discussion Group (NEW!)
Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism
by Amanda Morell
STATUS: Meets on Zoom 
Marshall Webster
Tue
Jan 11
@ 7 pm
Great Books Discussion Series
A Woman of Fifty
by W. Somerset Maugham
STATUS: Meets on Zoom
Marshall Webster
Thu
Jan 13
@ 7 pm
Thursday Evening Book Group
Owls of the Eastern Ice
by Jonathan C. Slaght
STATUS: Meets on Zoom
Marshall Webster
Tue
Jan 25
@ 10:30 am
Tuesday Morning Book Club
In Pursuit of Disobedient Woman
by Dionne Searcey
STATUS: TBD whether in person or Zoom
Catherine Wilson
Tue
Jan 25
@ 7 pm
Great Books Discussion Series
Copenhagen
by Michael Frayen
STATUS: Meets on Zoom
Marshall Webster
Wed
Jan 26
@ 7 pm
Mystery Book Discussion Group
Before the Fact
by Francis Iles
STATUS: Meets on Zoom
Catherine Wilson
  ** View ALL upcoming book discussions in our Library Calendar  

Book Discussion Group Descriptions

Great Books Foundation Discussion Series

A "Great Books" discussion concentrating on literary classics (both traditional and modern) meeting at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Open to all and no registration required. View the complete schedule (with book selections) for 2021-2022. (In November and December this group only meets once a month, on the 2nd Tuesday).

Mystery Book Club

Come in, get cozy and enjoy a group discussion of some of the classic and lesser known authors of mystery and suspense from the Golden Age of Mysteries.  Meetings will be held every other month.

Nonfiction Book Discussion Group

The Nonfiction Book Discussion Group is tailored to curious readers who are interested in expanding their general knowledge of topics, writing styles, and forms across a variety of subject matters that include, but are not limited to: investigative journalism, technology, environmentalism and the outdoors, politics, science, and psychology. The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend. View reading list for January-June 2002

Teen Book Club

A discussion group for rising grades 6 through 8 held during the school year. Registration required; limited copies of the book are available at the Youth Services Desk each month. For more information please call 703-248-5034 (TTY 711) or stop by the Youth Services Desk.

The New Yorker Discussion Group (@ FC Senior Center)

Enjoy reading The New Yorker but wish you had someone to chat about it with? Drop into the monthly New Yorker reading group to share your thoughts on what you’ve read in a variety of articles. The group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 2-3 pm. Pick up the articles at the senior center or at the circulation desk of the Mary Riley Styles Public Library. A librarian will coordinate the discussions. (This group normally meets in the Falls Church Senior Center at 223 Little Falls Street.)

Thursday Evening Book Group

A general book discussion held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm. Books are usually selected by the group 3 to 6 months in advance and alternate between fiction and nonfiction. Open to all and no registration required. Visit the Thursday Evening Book Group website, which lists a complete schedule (with book selections) of upcoming discussions as well as additional info about the group.

Tuesday Morning Book Club

A general book discussion held roughly every 6 weeks from September through June, usually on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Focuses on a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles selected in advance (over the summer) by the group. Open to all and no registration required. View the complete schedule (with book selections) for the 2021-2022.

General Information

All library book discussion groups meet in the library’s Conference Room (unless otherwise noted) and light refreshments are usually served.

Registration

Advance registration is required for the Middle School Book Club. Please call 703-248-5034 (TTY 711) or stop by the Youth Services Desk for more information.

Available Copies of Books

A limited number of paperback copies of discussion books are available on a "first-come, first-serve" basis at the Circulation Desk or (for teen discussion groups) at the Youth Services Desk. You can also search our online catalog for any of the titles. And ebook and eaudiobook copies are frequently available in Overdrive

Have Your Own Book Club?

Thinking about starting your own book club with friends? Check out the Book Club To Go Kits, which include 10 paperback copies of a book, discussion questions, and more!