Reading is usually an isolated activity, where stories come alive in our minds, transporting us to faraway places and introducing us to characters more colourful than any we’ve met in “real” life. But something about discussing a book with a group opens up new meanings and insights. If joining a book club has always been on your bucket list, but you haven’t known where to find one, here’s a list of the most interesting gatherings of book worms taking place in Toronto.
Toronto Public Library Book Clubs take place across the city. Search their database for a book club at your local branch or peruse the listings for clubs based around a particular interest, age, or language group.
MaRS Startup Book Club is perfect for any entrepreneur searching for a sense of community. Meetings will resume in March 2014 and each one will focus on a book that covers the fundamentals or latest trends for startups.
Although they read a different book each month, The Girly Book Club is more than just a book club: it’s a community for like-minded women. In addition to their monthly meetings, they host regular social outings.
Walking and Talking YA Book Club is quite literally just that: take a monthly stroll around Hyde Park while discussing a piece of Young Adult fiction. And no, you don’t have to be a young adult to join.
What can improve a good book? Beer, of course. The Books and Beers in the Annex book club meet every month in the Annex. They’re a group of 20 and 30-somethings who meet once a month to discuss their latest read over a pint, or several. Each meeting also includes a book swap – but you’re not required to participate in order to attend.
Reading for Writers is an Etobicoke-based book club aimed at writers. They strive for discussions that examine the inner-workings of a book in order to find inspiration in the works of others.