Book Clubs for Every Seattleite

From current events discussions to comic books groups, the city has a book club for every taste
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DYK? Seattle is in the top five for most literate cities in America (and has been for years). With that reputation comes a vibrant book club community, but mind you, you don’t have to limit yourself to what Oprah is reading. Boozy book discussions, meetups for the current event-minded, groups for ladies who like comicsthe city has it all.

So dig out (and dust off) your library card or charge your e-reader; here is our roundup of the city’s best—and most unique—literary groups.

Tomes and Tunes
Books inspire song. So says the Bushwick Book Club, a Seattle group that debuts original music performances inspired by each session’s chosen book. Sponsored by the Shunpike Arts Collective, the Club is actually a non-profit, inviting the community to participate as a way of increasing musical literacy awareness. Their sixth season ended in early summer; season seven begins in September 2016.

Data Bytes
At one time or another, after reading a book, we’ve all wished we could pick the author’s brain about what they wrote. With UX Book Club, your wish is granted. At the end of every month, the group hosts hour-long virtual Q&As (via Google Hangout) with established tech authors from the tech industry, combined with free drinks and book giveaways. Book topics range from user experience to behavioral psychology to information architecture. The next meetup is June 26, 6-9 p.m., which will feature a discussion about Cadence & Slang with author Nick Disabato.

Work of Art
If you prefer to discuss books from the comfort of your couch, you should probably check out the Seattle Museum of Art’s blog, where once a quarter, they share thoughts about a selected art-related title. You can join others in the comment section to discuss, thus getting your art and literary fix. Look for the next discussion in the fall.


Into sci-fi novels? There's a book club for that.

Along for the Ride
Is your only semblance of down time on your daily commute? Well, lucky for you, there’s a book club for people like you. Transportation Choices Coalition's Books on the Bus is a program with the commuter in mind. With an emphasis on PNW authors, the group selects a book every three months for riders to read. Discuss the selection with a seat mate, or discuss together at a group-wide event after each three-month period. Commute by ferry to Bainbridge? On August 11, the Ferry Tales on-board book group is meeting during the 4:40 Seattle to Bainbridge ferry crossing to discuss the monthly title How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. 

In the News 
You've got your finger on the pulse of breaking news, and Elliott Bay Book Co. has your ideal club. The Global Issues Book Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, gathering to talk topics of universal concern. On August 9, the group will meet to discuss Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar's Search for Justice by Alice Dreger.

Silence is Golden
Like books but not into organized group discussions about them? The Silent Book Club, through various chapters, offers the joy of BYOB reading without the typical book club “homework.” Come to the monthly meeting (Seattle is one of the group’s new chapters) to enjoy books, friends and wine (or beer, coffee or other treats)—stress free. Group meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the last Monday of the month at Shug's Soda Fountain. Another Silent Reading Party is held in the Hotel Sorrento Fireside Room on the first Wednesday of each month, 6-8 p.m.

Cook(books)
It’s not exactly an organized club per se, but it could be. If the kinds of books you enjoy are the recipe-filled kind, you can attend Book Larder’s Author Talks, free events featuring book discussions with food writers. Get a group of friends together and visit the store this month and next for discussions about Theresa Carle-Sanders’ Outlander Kitchen (July 27) and Tessa Huff’s cake guide Layered (August 2).


Want more books in your life? Perfect. There is a book group in Seattle for every taste.

Supernatural
You’re all about sci-fi, and so is the group that meets monthly at Ada’s Technical Books. The 21st Century Science Fiction Book Club meets for community and conversation about the latest in the genre; on July 26 they’re delving into Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, and on August 23, Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie. But that’s not all; the shop also hosts separate book clubs revolving around the topics of classic science fiction, the history of discoveryuser experience, graphic novels and computer science.

Girl Power
The Seattle Feminist Book Club explores the topic in their focused readings, examining its intersection with pop culture, feminist novels and theory. The group’s goal is to engage in feminist critique and examine conflicts and disagreements within feminism. Their meetup August 5 includes a discussion about Shrill, the memoir by Seattle-based writer, Lindy West.

Speech Bubbles
They’re not just for gaming nerds or your little brother. The Seattle Ladies Comic Book Club invites all who identify as female (and love comics) to join in discussions about the latest literary cartoons. The group next's meetup on July 21 involves a discussion about Decrypting Rita vol. 1. Want more mingling? There’s also a coed group.

Like book clubs of the more standard variety? You can find many a local book club at various SPL branches.

The Must List: Angel Olsen, A Moveable Feast, The Pajama Game

The Must List: Angel Olsen, A Moveable Feast, The Pajama Game

What to do in Seattle in the weeks ahead
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Singer/songwriter Angel Olsen plays the Neptune this Saturday

Must Get Tickets
Angel Olsen
(2/18, 9 p.m.) Asheville, North Carolina-based Angel Olsen’s 2016 third album, My Woman, was recorded as an experiment, the singer/songwriter told Spin, a response to “the complicated mess of being a woman.” A composite of styles ranging from gritty, lo-fi, Kinks-esque pop to somber country noir to the Lana Del Rey-indebted “Intern,” the album was well received by critics, many calling it her best yet. But it’s her voice that occupies the biggest spotlight on it: aching, smoldering vocals somewhere between Sharon Von Etten and Deborah Harry, just as distinctive, just as captivating. Likely SOLD OUT. Neptune Theatre, stgpresents.org

Must Love Paris
A Moveable Feast
(Through April 2, 8 p.m.) Two theatrical venues both alike in vision, full of sound and fury, signifying a delectably entertaining evening of spectacle and dining. And each actor and waiter plays their part. Café Nordo joins forces for the first time with Book-it Repertory Theatre to transport audiences back to 1920s Paris, where Ernest Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast comes to life. Audiences will have a dinner date with struggling young Hemingway as he rubs elbows in the salon of Gertrude Stein at 27 rue de Fleurus with the likes of Sylvia Beach, Aleister Crowley, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, James Joyce and Ezra Pound. Watch the literary drama unfold while a four-course meal underscores the action onstage. Prices vary. Book-It Repertory Theatre, book-it.org 

Must Get Fit
JAG x Fitcode Denim Fit Lab
(2/18, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.) A good pair of jeans is hard to find! Enter styling and consulting experts, Styled Seattle, who are partnering with JAG Jeans and Fitcode at Westfield Southcenter’s My Style Suite (Level 1, next to Aveda) to help you find your best fitting pair yet. JAG Jeans offers sizes from petite 0–24W in a variety of cuts, while Fitcode technology helps women find their best fit with a short questionnaire, measurements need not apply. The event includes discounts on JAG Jeans, as well as a chance to schedule a session with a Styled Seattle professional. Best of all, it’s free! westfield.com/southcenter/events/all-events

Must Remember
Year of Remembrance: Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner
(2/17 through 2018) On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 authorizing the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones. This cleared the way for the forced removal and internment of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans. The Wing Luke Museum’s new exhibit, Year of Remembrance: Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner, examines the historic and contemporary issues of racism, discrimination and human rights through the artwork of Roger Shimomura and the poetry of Lawrence Matsuda. The show’s goal is to shed a light on injustice that’s inflicted upon American groups who are ethnically, religiously or racially diverse. The time and the players are different but the events of yesterday are eerily similar to today. Times and prices vary. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, wingluke.org/year-remembrance

Must Pillow Fight
The Pajama Game
(Through 3/5, times vary) A 7.5-cent pay raise is at the center of a conflict between management and the workers in the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in this triple Tony Award winner. A sensational Seattle cast stars in the musical that defined Bob Fosse’s signature style with seductive dance numbers like “Steam Heat” and “Hey There.” You’ll have stars in your eyes. Prices vary. 5th Avenue Theatre, 5thavenue.org