Next stop is the Twin Cities as Reading Group Choices continues our Book Group City Tour in Minneapolis!
The reputation of Minneapolis as a literary hub is well known. Consistently ranked among the most literate cities in the country, boasting a large community of independent publishers like Coffehouse, Milkweed, University of Minnesota Press, Graywolf (and many others), and supported by a lively center for writers and writing, The Loft, which launched its Wordplay literary festival this year… readers have many reasons to feel at home here and in neighboring St. Paul!
So where to go to find other readers when you want some bookish conversation? As always, Reading Group Choices surveyed the city to find novel options for joining a book group. Start reading and discussing!
Open 7 days a week and offering both new and used titles for sale, Moon Palace Books is a haven for readers. It’s also home to Geek Love Cafe, where you can nibble on breakfast, salads, pizza, and more, or have a glass of wine while you turn pages. (And don’t forget their live music events!) The store hosts a number of book groups, ranging from Earth Reads, specializing in afro-futuristic fiction, the One-Shot Comics group, focusing on graphic novels and memoirs, the Non-Binary Book Club, exploring gender queer and fluid experiences, and several others. Scroll through their list of events to find the perfect match!
This group, celebrating five years, meets on the first Tuesday of the month at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. The focus is on artists and the creative life, regardless of the medium: music, writing, painting, sculpting. The selections include fiction, nonfiction, memoir and biography. See the full list of past and upcoming reads, and watch a video with testimonials from the members, who share how the group has changed their literary life! And no worries: you don’t have to be an artist to join, only a reader with a curiosity about art.
Join this group for a lively discussion of recent fiction and nonfiction in the company of good readers and good beer. Books & Bars is unique because it holds multiple discussions at different locations every month, usually a local brewery and bookshop. So you can have a pint at Dual Citizen Brewing Company or Urban Growler, or come to Moon Palace Books. Whatever fits your schedule! Free to join, and open to the public.
Public libraries are always a great place to look when searching for a book group. And the Hennepin County Library is no exception! Themed clubs are housed in various branches around Minneapolis, so you can find a circle of readers close to your neighborhood (or venture abroad!).
The Central Branch offers Two Movies and a Book, where members meet over three sessions to view movies and read a book focused on a theme. The Saint Louis Branch hosts the Native American Literary Book Club, exploring poetry, fiction, and books for young readers by and about Native Americans. And the Rockford Road location features the Homeschool Book Club for readers 12 and under, who are invited to bring a book based on a theme, share what they think, and make new friends. Search the general events page to sort and discover more!
Boneshaker Books is a community bookstore in the truest sense: supported locally and volunteer run, with a mission to promote social justice and activism. Take part in the Science Book Club, which meets on the first Saturday of the month (but not always each month, so check the calendar!). The group discusses books that are accessible to general readers about the topic. Or the Cracked Walnut Reading Club discusses creative pieces featured in print and online journals, offering a great way for readers to discover literary outlets, and for writers to consider submitting their own work! Boneshaker gives discounts on book club selections. Personal groups can order titles through the store for a discount and reserve their free meeting space as well!
Located in downtown St. Paul, this all-purpose bookstore invites readers to “satisfy your curiosity.” In addition to their regular author events, they host several book groups, including a Cookbook Club, Poetry Club, and the Freestyle Book Club. This last option asks participants to choose among a list books on a monthly theme (first books by popular/prolific authors, for example), or bring in their own selection to discuss. All groups are free and open to the public!
Still have some wanderlust? Take a trip through our other Book Group City Tour destinations!