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Best Book Clubs In Baltimore

August 26, 2013 6:00 AM

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Have you ever read a fantastic, page-turner of a book and just wanted to talk about it with someone? You would be a great candidate for one of Baltimore’s many book clubs. Most clubs meet at members’ homes or local restaurants to discuss the book, as well as any other topics that arise. Check out these clubs and grab one of the next reads.

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Charm City Ladies Book Club
Location varies
www.meetup.com/Southeast-Baltimore-Book-Club

The Charm City Ladies Book Club is described as a meetup for women in their 20s who like to talk about books, drink wine (or beer) and enjoy one others’ company. What more could you ask for in a book club? The group aims to have around eight to 10 members at each monthly meeting. The most recently gathering was to discuss “Orange is the New Black” by Piper Kerman. Other recent titles include “A Hundred Summers” by Beatriz Williams, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo and “Kiss Me, Judas” by Will Christopher Baer. Meetings are held at members’ homes or local restaurants and bars, like Alexander’s Tavern.  

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The Baltimore Book Club
Location varies
www.meetup.com/baltimorebookclub

The Baltimore Book Club meets each month to talk about non-fiction and fiction books. Typical meetings are at restaurants over dinner, and members admit that discussions bounce from the book to outside topics. The most recent meeting was held at Kosher Bite on Reisterstown Road, and the group read Michael Chabon’s “Telegraph Avenue.” Previous meetings were at Moonshine Tavern in Canton for “Girls of Atomic City,” Alexander’s Tavern in Fells Point for “The Visible Man” and Tela Mares for “This is How You Lose Her.” Perks of the club include $2.50 Miller Lite bottles and 20 percent off of all alcohol at Don’t Know in Federal Hill and five percent off purchases from TDbookstore, an e-bookstore.

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The Baltimore Sun Book Club
501 N. Calvert St.
BaltimoreMD 21202
410-332-6000

www.baltimoresunstore.com/bookclub

The Baltimore Sun, home to the city’s largest newspaper, also hosts a monthly book club. As a part of the club, members are often invited to events featuring the book’s author at a low price. On Sept. 23, The Sun will host author Jane Green to discuss her novel “Family Pictures.” The cost is $25 for the 7 p.m. event. The Sun will also host a October event on the 21st for the same cost. For that event, Vaddey Ratner will discuss her novel “In the Shadow of the Banyan.” Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite and are available now. Subscribers will also enjoy free parking in The Sun garage, a reception prior to book club, reserved seating and a gift, and will be allowed to move to the front of the line during book signings.

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Club Ivy at The Ivy 
6080 Falls Road
Baltimore, Md. 21209
(410) 377-2966
www.theivybookshop.com/bclubs

The Ivy off of Falls Road is going online with its book club, which will launch shortly. Club Ivy participants will receive a 10 percent discount on all book club purchases and catered meetings. Individual book clubs can utilize web pages on The Ivy’s website, which allows participants to discuss books in between meetings. Book club members will also be able to participate in The Ivy’s RSVP author book events and publisher-sponsored receptions to be held at the store on a quarterly basis. Interested parties can email The Ivy at info@theivybookshop.com or call the store.

Related:  Best Independent Bookstores in Maryland

Renee Libby Beck spends her days as a public relations and social media manager for Medifast, Inc. and any spare time that she can find as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in local and national publications. Renee also serves as the Baltimore Food Examiner for Examiner.com.

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