Book clubs are an easy social experience for adults looking for a low-pressure reason to leave the house. Typically, these clubs involve members meeting to discuss the recent best seller, a classic or special interest books. There are many different levels of investment for your time or money, so there is something for everyone.
5 Seasons Brewing
5600 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
The Midtown Review book club meets monthly in the Sandy Springs area. This is a premiere option with occasional author involvement and a permanent, organized host in Dana Barrett. The website provides ample information about book selections and the group’s active online community is encouraging for newcomers. Events take place at various restaurants and bars, so everyone attending is expected to help split the bill. The Midtown Review’s next event is a social mixer. No reading required.
A Vegetarian-Friendly Book Club
1679 Lavista Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30329
This is a monthly meetup. Once again, you will be eating at various locations but, in this case, you don’t have to finish or like the book to attend. This organization is also good about posting information about both the book and the meeting place. Important to note is that you don’t have to be vegetarian nor are the books about vegetarianism. The books are diverse in subject and genre with both non-fiction as well as fiction in the queue. There is a $2 price per person RSVP and members simply pay for their own meals.
Whole Foods Book Club
5930 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30328
For those old enough to remember print media’s heyday, the term “Book Club” might illicit negative memories of subscription-based, mail-order shopping. Meanwhile, Whole Foods is introducing a new program that partners with “Better World Books.” This is a “online book seller with a soul,” meaning a social cause that raises money for various literacy and advocacy programs. For Atlantans, there are actually three locations to choose from for clubs which meet each Thursday of every month with free food provided by Whole Foods Market. While corporate involvement may seem very unbecoming of a book club, this option provides no pressure to enter members’ houses or spend money in a restaurant. In some cases, book clubs require you to find a different location from week to week, which is another nice feature of Whole Foods Book Clubs: one permanent location.
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Decatur Women’s Book Club
1355 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Book clubs have the reputation of being a primarily female pursuit. The self-described “ladies only” clubs outnumber the co-ed ones in Atlanta, handily. This particular group of women meets at local restaurants and it regularly welcomes new members. Its pitch is simple: ”If you are looking for nice ladies who love to read, talk and like to share a laugh or two, join us! The purpose of this group is bringing together book-loving ladies on a regular base to enjoy good reads and each other’s company.”
UX Book Club ATL
White Windmill Bakery
5881 Buford Highway N.W.
Doraville, GA 30340
UX Book Club Atlanta is part of the international UX Book Club network – UX/IA/IxD professionals, students and fellow travelers who gather to discuss books related to User Experience, Information Architecture, Design, Interaction Design, Strategy, Creativity and more. All races and genders are welcome, and the club keeps active use of the website Goodreads.com. This is an easy way to become engaged in the larger conversation of literacy. Clubs like this is are for serious readers and perhaps most enjoyed by design professionals.
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With a BFA in Digital Media, Sean Mills has worked for design firms with clients across the United States. He has worked as an illustrator and visual designer, and has shown paintings in juried exhibitions. He currently works as a studio artist and writer in Atlanta, Georgia. His work can be found at Examiner.com.