It is fun to read a book and then discuss it with others who have also read it. You get more out of the book, learn from others' interpretations, and enjoy some camaraderie with other readers. That's why book clubs are so popular: they're social, intellectual, and cultural. Below are the book clubs Loganberry sponsors and hosts but there's always room for more.
Would you like to start another book discussion group? Do you have a current book club looking for a host location? Or do you just want some buying perks based on 10 or more copies of the registered book? Let us know.
All the groups
- Reader Series: Kazuo Ishiguro (co-sponsored with Literary Cleveland)
- Berry Good Books (each month a different bookseller shares a staff pick)
- Naturalist's Notebook (new and classic reads about nature & the environment)
- Not YA Average Book Club (teens-only, great reads & fun activities)
- Coming soon: Armchair (Time) Travelers Club (travel, adventure, history -- explore new places & times!)
~4th Saturdays, via Zoom, ticketed event co-sponsored with Literary Cleveland~
Co-Sponsored with Literary Cleveland.
Join Bookseller Toni via Zoom for a 6-month exploration of the writing of Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro.
Registration required. Register through Lit Cleveland www.litcleveland.org/classes-workshops/reader-series-kazuo-ishiguro-session-1
Together we will read and revel in five novels and a book of short stories by the culture-crossing, genre-bending, Nobel Prize winning Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro is lauded for his elegant prose as much as for his bold experiments in genre and form. A Japanese-British man, he explores the experiences and consciousness of characters from a range of gender, cultural, historical, and fantastical perspectives, in stories that include precise psychological realism along with ghosts, ogres, musicians, butlers, and AI.
Registered students will receive a code to receive a 10% discount on each title (or 20% if you buy all 6 together).
Session 1: January 22: A Pale View of the Hills (1985), February 26: Remains of the Day (1989), March 26: Never Let Me Go (2005)
Session 2: April 23: Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music & Nightfall (2009), May 28: The Buried Giant (2015), June 25: Klara and the Sun (2021)
~1st Wednesdays, via Zoom~
You already love our booksellers' recommendations: what could be better than a chance to come back after you've read what they recommend to talk about it? That's the idea behind our newest monthly book club, Berry Good Books. Every month, a different Loganberry Bookseller will recommend a favorite book and lead a discussion with community members!
This month, Bookseller Freddy will be discussing Gilead the first in the Gilead Quartet by Marilynne Robinson on February 2, 2022 at 7:30PM!
Set in the 1950s in the rural town of Gilead, Iowa, this series chronicles the lives of the families of Reverend John Ames and Reverend Robert Boughton.
Register here to join this free discussion.
Purchase Gilead by Marilynne Robison here.
There is just so much good and important writing out there in the world of naturalists -- from environmental classics such as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring to even current fiction such as Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior -- it seemed a great time to get a group together to read and discuss these old and new ideas. We will read books about climate change, birding, gardening, fracking, agriculture and community, food -- anything that might touch on our natural world in a broad sense. Each book discussion will be co-lead by Loganberry staff Freddy Scott and an invited guest with either a professional or passionate interest in the subject. Led by Freddy Scott and guest presenter.
3rd Sundays, quarterly, 1-3pm
Open to teens age 15-18, we will meet on the 4th Thursday of every month at 4:00 PM via Zoom. Led by Miranda Richmond at email@example.com.
Every month we will have a fun discussion and an even more fun activity (please have a writing utensil and paper ready- don't worry this won't be your average classroom activity
01/27/2022 4:00 Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo AND Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo:
Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…
In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.
Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.
And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire:
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
03/24/2022 4:00 The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others. With a locked room mystery that Agatha Christie would envy, Stuart Turton unfurls a breakneck novel of intrigue and suspense.
05/26/2022 4:00 They'll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman
Stella and Ellie Steckler are only a year apart, but their different personalities make their relationship complicated. Stella is single-minded, driven, and keeps to herself. Cross-country running is her life, and she won't let anything get in the way of being the best. Her sister Ellie is a talented runner too, but she also lets herself have fun. She has friends. She goes to parties. She has a life off the course.
The sisters do have one thing in common, though: the new girl, Mila Keene. Both Stecklers' lives are upended when Mila comes to town. Mila was the top runner on her team back home and at first, Ellie and Stella view her as a threat. But soon Ellie can't help but be drawn to her warm, charming personality. After her best friend moved away and her first boyfriend betrayed her, Ellie's been looking for a friend. In a moment of weakness, she even shares her darkest secret with Mila. For her part, Stella finds herself noticing the ways she and Mila are similar. Mila is smart and strong--she's someone Stella can finally connect with. As the two get closer, Stella becomes something she vowed she'd never be: distracted.
With regionals approaching and college scouts taking notice, the pressure is on. Each girl has their future on the line and they won't let friendships get in their way. But then, suddenly, Mila goes out on a training run and never returns. No one knows what happened, but all eyes are on the Steckler sisters.
Coming in late February! A book club to get you "out" of the house and "away" from the gray Cleveland winter.
We'll begin with the Best American Travel Writing 2021 anthology of travel and adventure essays, and continue every other month with another travel, adventure, or interesting history book. More details soon!
Your Book Club Group
We'd love to add your existing book club to this list, or to start a new one. We'll even help you find more readers to make the discussions lively (if you are so interested). There are book discounts available (10% off for registered titles; 20% off for purchases of 10+ copies), and the (optional) use of our cozy LitArts room for discussions.
Book of the Month Club
Do you want new book recommendations, without the group discussion? Loganberry's Book of the Month Club delivers just that. Tell us what you generally like, and we'll set you up with good new reads along those lines, one per month as long as you're subscribed. Book of the Month Club is also an excellent gift for friends and family.
Learn more about Book of the Month Club