Book Clubs

Read with the Grand Avenue Book Club

Monthly meetings at 7pm.
Questions? Ask Dan.

September 1

The Pacific Crest Trail: A Visual Compendium
Josh Powell
The Pacific Crest Trail

October 6
The Lincoln Highway

Amor Towles
Lincoln Highway

November 10
The Splendid and the Vile

Erik Larson
The Splendid and the Vile

December 1
The Personal Librarian

Marie Benedict
The Personal Librarian

Or run your own book club!

Borrow a book club kit for multiple copies of the book, discussion questions, and more.  Six-week loan periods give you plenty of time to read and gather. There are more than 30 titles to choose from - check the catalog to see which ones are available now!

More Book Club Resources

American Cheese by Joe Berkowitz
Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

Read
J.B. talks to The Cheese Professor.
On Working Undercover.
Jaya Saxena (Eater) and Berkowitz talk  Artisanal Cheese and the Pandemic.

Watch
Hot Cheese author Polina Chesnakova  and Berkowitz chat.

Listen to the author on...
Cutting the Curd with hosts Diane and Cara.
Stay for Dinner with host DC Pierson: books, cheese boards, cheese parties, cheese-cutting competitions, and more.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

Read
Obama's interview with NPR News.
Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman and Obama discuss Art, Identity and Optimism.
NPR News reporter Danielle Kurtzleben reviews Becoming.

Watch
Note to Self: Obama on love, loss, and making history.
Meet the Author.

Listen to the author on...
The Michelle Obama Podcast, available wherever you listen to podcasts
Educated by Tara Westover
Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

Read
Westover's Northeastern Commencement Address 2019.
On What It Means to be Educated, an interview with Robin Young (WBUR).
Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic) and Westover talk about Places the Recession Never Ended.

Watch
Westover's Northeastern Commencement Address 2019.
Westover talks survival, success, and lessons learned (2019 Aspen Ideas Festival).
In conversation with David Runciman, Professor of Politics at Cambridge.

Listen to the author on...
NPR's Fresh Air with host Dave Davies.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)


Read

Atwood on the historical events that inspired her.
Why The Handmaid's Tale relevant today, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (BBC).

Watch
Conversation with Atwood at WPSU Penn State.
Young Ambassadors Emily Webb and Grace Murray ask Atwood about the challenging topics in her novels and her top writing tips (National Centre for Writing).
Atwood and showrunner Bruce Miller discuss The Handmaid's Tale and its TV adaptation (BookCon 2017).

Listen to the author on...
Radio 4 Bookclub (BBC): celebrating 20 years of Bookclub with The Handmaid's Tale
How I Found My Voice with host Samira Ahmed
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

Read

Urrea on Inspiration in Family, Tragedy and Trump (Fresh Air, NPR)
Interview with Linda Robertson, MFA candidate in Chatham University’s Creative Writing Program

Watch 
Urrea's TEDx Talk: Children of the Border
Festival of Books, LA Times, 2018 (PBS)
National Book Festival, Library of Congress, 2018 

Listen to the author on...
The Seattle Public Library - Author Readings and Library Events  
Write-Minded with hosts Grant and Brook: Building Bridges Across Borders
Aspen Ideas to Go (The Aspen Institute): The Power of Family

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

Read
Susan Orlean's New Yorker articles
Shelf respect: an interview with BookPage writer Alice Cary
How to Muscle Through a Bad Review

Watch
2019 Carole Phillips Memorial Lecture,  a Free Library of Philadelphia Author Event
The Art of Telling Amazing Stories

Listen
The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn
The Archive Project, by Literary Arts, Inc.

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Read
On Aging Gently, Messily (LA Review of Books)
NPR Interview with Elizabeth Strout

Watch
The Waterstones Interview
Strout at Strand Book Store

Listen

The Guardian Books podcast 
Book Public

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come by Jessica Pan

Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

Read
Q&A with Erin Khar (Ravishly).
An Introvert Guides an Extrovert Through Lockdown, Stephen Carlick (Penguin Random House).
How to Travel Alone as an Introvert, Jessica Pan (Penguin Random House).
"I Don’t Want to Confuse Self-Care and Self-Coddling", Alyssa Oursler (BLARB: Blog // Los Angeles Review of Books).

Listen to the author on...
Matt Lewis and the News: Talking to Strangers.
Live Happy Now: Living Life as an Extrovert.

There There by Tommy Orange
Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

Read
Powell Book Blog chooses There There as their pick for Indiespensable Vol. 74
Cowboys & Indians Magazine

Watch
Orange: On writing out of a loneliness and becoming an author
Orange speaks with Carolina de Robertis, creative writing professor at San Francisco State University

Listen to the author on...
The Archive Project, by Literary Arts
Read it Forward, by Penguin Random House
Radio Wolinsky with host Richard Wolinsky (KPFA)


Helpful Resources for Facilitating a Book Club