Greenlight hosts a number of free book discussion groups, both in-store and at offsite venues. See our ongoing schedule and and next featured book and meeting dates below!
Please note: All Greenlight book groups are on hiatus until January -- but you can start reading for the next discussion now!
Fiction Book Group meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:00PM off-site at Angelina Bakery
Nonfiction Book Group meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday at 6:00PM off-site at Angelina Bakery
Young Adult Book Group meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday in the bookstore
Tween Book Group meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday in the bookstore
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Wednesday, January 10, 6:00PM
Young Adult Book Group with Micah
Discussing This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry
Hosted by Greenlight bookseller Micah, the Young Adult Book Group is a space for the curious young reader interested in a curated, intentionally diverse and broad selection of books. While literature is of course at the core of this book group, cultivating our very own community and connections are also at the root of YABG, so if this sounds like a good time to you, come join the fun! Young Adult Book Group is geared toward readers ages 13+; parents are welcome (but not required) to attend.
For January's meeting, the group will be discussing This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry. Sixteen-year-old Izzy is used to keeping her thoughts to herself—in school, where her boyfriend does the talking for her, and at home, where it’s impossible to compete with her older siblings and high-powered parents. When she mistakenly walks into a stand-up comedy club and performs, the experience is surprisingly cathartic. Now Izzy, the dutiful daughter and model student, is sneaking out to perform stand-up with her comedy friends. As her two parallel lives collide—in the most hilarious of ways—Izzy must choose to either hide what she really wants and who she really is, or finally, truly stand up for herself.
OFF-SITE EVENT: Angelina Bakery
Tuesday, January 16, 7:00 PM (note updated time!)
Fiction Book Group with Alexis
Discussing The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
Led by former Greenlight general manager Alexis and hosted by our neighbors at Angelina Bakery, our fiction book group meets monthly to discuss paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For January, the group discusses Yoko Ogawa's The Memory Police, a haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance. On an unnamed island, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses. . . . Most of the inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few able to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten. When a young writer discovers that her editor is in danger, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards, and together they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.
OFF-SITE EVENT: Angelina Bakery
Tuesday, January 23, 6:00 PM
Nonfiction Book Group with Carlo
Discussing Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World by Karen Armstrong
Led by bookseller and Greenlight marketing coordinator Carlo and hosted by our neighbors at Angelina Bakery, our nonfiction book group meets monthly to read and discuss non-fiction titles related to issues of politics, the natural world, and any other systems that connect us all. For January, the group discusses Karen Armstrong's Sacred Nature, a profound exploration of the spiritual power of nature and an urgent call to reclaim that power in everyday life from one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world. In this short but deeply powerful book, the best-selling historian of religion re-sacralizes nature for modern times. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the world’s religious traditions, Armstrong vividly describes nature’s central place in spirituality across the centuries. In bringing this age-old wisdom to life, Armstrong shows modern readers how to rediscover nature’s potency and form a connection to something greater than ourselves.
Wednesday, January 24, 6:00 PM
Tween Book Group with Ashli
Discussing The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz
Hosted by Greenlight bookseller Ashli, our Tween Grade Book Group returns to in-store! TBG is geared toward kids ages 9 to 12, reading and discussing great contemporary and classic chapter books. Pizza is served, and parents are welcome (but not required) to attend.
For January, the group discusses Deya Muniz' graphic novel The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich, a romantic comedy about mistaken identity, true love, and lots of grilled cheese. Lady Camembert wants to live life on her own terms, without marriage. Well, without marrying a man, that is. But the law of the land is that women cannot inherit. So when her father passes away, she does the only thing she can: She disguises herself as a man and moves to the capital city of the Kingdom of Fromage to start over as Count Camembert. But it’s hard to keep a low profile when the beautiful Princess Brie, with her fierce activism and great sense of fashion, catches her attention. Camembert can’t resist getting to know the princess, but as the two grow closer, will she able to keep her secret?