With the increased popularity of portable reading devices, reading has again become a popular pastime in Minnesota. After downloading a bestseller or popular memoir on your Kindle, finding like-minded individuals to discuss literature with can enhance your enjoyment of a good book. Maybe you’re still living back in the 2000s, lugging around heavy hardcovers and library cards. Alas, book clubs were invented to discuss popular writings, no matter how you have read them. Check out these popular Minnesota book clubs made for all kinds of Minnesota readers.
Chapter and Verse
824 E. Lake St.
Wayzata, MN 55391
Chapter and Verse is a national book club with meetings throughout the country. In Minnesota, Chapter and Verse meets in Wayzata and St. Paul monthly to discuss youth and teen fiction. Everyone is welcome to attend. Books to be discussed are available for purchase and chairs can be reserved for the meetings by calling the store directly. At The Bookcase, members of Chapter and Verse receive a discount throughout the store after meetings. Adults with a guilty pleasure for teen fiction will feel at home among this crowd.
Mystery Book Club
Once Upon a Crime Mystery Book Store
604 W. 26th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Some of the best current crime and mystery writers hail from Minnesota. The Once Upon a Crime book shop in uptown Minneapolis celebrates mystery authors and crime fiction from Minnesota as well as many other great writers. Aside from a summer break in meetings, the book club gathers once a month to discuss new works and old favorites. Check the website or store location for updates.
Teen Daughter-Mother Book Club
Eden Prairie Library
565 Prairie Center Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
The family that reads together probably goes to the library together. This book club is designed for mothers and their daughters from grades four to six to meet and discuss young adult books of fiction and non-fiction. The meetings take place about every other Monday throughout the year. Pairs can register online to attend and copies of books to be discussed can be borrowed directly from the library.
Books And Bars
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
6th & Wabasha
St. Paul, MN 55102
Books and Bars is a book club that meets at popular bars and restaurants around Minneapolis to discuss current literature. Cocktails and appetizers are available during the meeting and books are posted each month by group organizers. Enjoy a fun outing filled with cocktails and literature. Meet bookworms who like to party! There’s no membership fee.
There are three meetings a month: Once in Minneapolis (Republic in Uptown), once in St. Paul (Amsterdam) and once in Chanhassen (Chanhassen Bistro).
North End Book Club
Rice Street Library
1011 Rice St.
St. Paul, MN 55117
This book club discusses a wide variety of books. From classic literature to popular fiction, the North End Book Club meets monthly on the fourth Monday of each month. North End Community Education sponsors this book club and students from local community colleges often attend this group for course credit. Meet literary peers from your community at the North End Book Club.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.