Meet Lucie Camara, whose feminist book group is the first step to building a community of readers and bringing a new bookstore to Paris.
In a yoga studio on Valentine’s Day, a group of readers came together for the third meeting of COVEN, a feminist book group and larger initiative to bring the only English-language feminist bookstore to Paris. Founder Lucie Camara spoke to Reading Group Choices about her inspiration for the project, her vision for the group, and how to create a safe space for discussion.
Reading Group Choices: How have the first three meetings of the feminist book group differed (if at all) in terms of attendees,
March Spotlight: Novel Thoughts
In our March Spotlight Group, everyone takes a turn being the leader!
We keep our group to 10 readers. We are in our late 60’s and early 70’s, and we meet once a month. Each fall we choose all of our books for the next year, and we always include one classic. Our leader also asks for comments so we can keep improving the group and discussions. We each lead the group once a year. The meetings are fun and creative, and we have a party in December. At the end of each meeting we go around the group and tell something fun that we have done or are going to do.
We feature this special Spotlight story from Peggy Schrader, whose life and the lives of her book group members were profoundly affected by the Camp Fire that ravaged Paradise, California. A special thanks to Peggy, and continued wishes for the solace that a good book can bring.
On November 8, 2018 the little town of Paradise California woke to a bright orange sky. Right away I knew something wasn’t right. By that evening 27,000 people had been evacuated due to what became known as the Camp Fire.
Prior to the fire I was very excited because my book club,
February Spotlight: Fact, Faith, and Fiction Book Group
Our February Spotlight Group brings a spiritual touch to their choices!
The Fact, Faith, and Fiction Book Group of Northfield, Minnesota meets monthly in the homes of members. We choose our books as a group three to four months ahead of time. Many are nonfiction, often with a spiritual bent.
Half of our group is new to the community, while the others are long-term residents of Northfield. It’s a great group that is always respectful of others’ thoughts and opinions. Wonderfully, we all have spouses so we can have couples social events.
January Spotlight: Circle of Readers
Our January Spotlight Group celebrates its first year!
Circle of Readers, our book club, formed a year ago at the Broken Arrow Senior Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. We read historical fiction, memoirs, history, and fiction. We meet monthly and have a lively time discussing the books. In December, we had a Book Speed Dating event that was great fun and we all left with new titles to read. Everyone brought four books and we examined one another’s choices and exchanged them, and we enjoyed Christmas cookies as well!
To enter to become a Spotlight group,
The Marguerites all belong to a nonprofit called P.E.O. (philanthropic educational organization) which raises money for women’s education and is a life-long learning group. When the P.E.O. chapter they were in became too large to host meetings in homes, the chapter split in two but still wanted to stay connected, and so a reading group of women from both chapters was born in 2004.