When it comes to choosing the books to read, the Bookends Club at Books and Books is one of the more unusual book clubs that store manager Megan McCluskey says she has been involved with,
“If it was up to me we’d be reading Jackie Collins every month,” she jokes. “As it is, through the book club I have read some books I would never in a million years have chosen myself.”
This is because the entire group is involved in the selection of the books to be read.
“It’s a very democratic process. Everyone walks around the bookshop and chooses the books they think would be interesting. These could be biographies, fiction, nonfiction – absolutely anything. There’s a really wide variety,” she says.
The book choices for the next six months are then displayed on the best seller stand with bookmarks denoting the date on which they are to be discussed. They are also listed on Books and books’ Facebook page.
The bookends Club meets 7pm in the bookstore. The next meeting is on Wednesday, 9 January and members will be discussing “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks – a tale of the triumphs and turmoil of two brave, openhearted spirits who risk everything in a search of knowledge at a time of superstition and ignorance.
It’s a very informal meeting, Megan says. She moderates and guides the discussion to keep it on track, but it’s a casual, friendly and relaxed affair. If you’ve read a great book and are just itching to talk about it; if you’re looking to meet some people with similar interests; or if you just want an excuse to get out of the house for a couple of hours mid-week, Bookends could be for you.
There’s no fee to join – just turn up at 7pm on the second Wednesday of every month. Meetings last about an hour and a half.