Brewery Book Club
We meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month in the tap room for this casual, no-commitment book club. Feel free to come every month or dart in and out depending on your schedule and interest in each month's books. Everyone is welcome! There is no fee, no purchase necessary, and no attendance requirements. We are very casual! Discussions are lead by our staff bookworms Molly and/or Jon.
Book club has become so popular that we are expanding it for 2019 and adding double sessions on book club nights - one for nonfiction (5:45 PM) and one for fiction (7 PM). Join us for just the fiction meetings, or just the non-fiction, or both, or bounce from one to the other - it's totally up to you.
2019 Reading List and Meeting Schedule
Our giant reading list this year reflects the feedback for books we've had in the last two years. Our book club tends to love VARIETY: light, heavy, local, international, slow and pretty, fast and thrill-packed, award-winning, crowd-pleasing, historical, modern, classic, debut authors...you name it! Our book clubbers have a history of enjoying distinct contemporary female voices, hot topic social issues addressed in fiction, page-turning WWII history, science or behavioral science non-fiction, and memoir. Short classics with clear modern-sounding language are preferred to any very old dense stuff where it feels like the author might have been paid by the word. Reflecting all that, for 2019 we picked the "buzziest" titles on Book Twitter, stacked up the prize-winners, and unearthed some dusty gems you might have missed. We go around the world again (Iran, England, Mexico, Poland, etc.) and stay close to home (Keokuk, Iowa), as well as travel back in time...all while having a beer in our hand! We hope to have a few "guest stars" (like we had for our agriculture and military reads in the past) and lots of great discussions.
A list of our book titles are shown below here, or you can print out a year-long calendar for yourself by clicking here.
7:00 PM - News of the World by Paulette Jiles
5:45 PM - Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
7:00 PM - Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
7:00 PM - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
5:45 PM - Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
7:00 PM - Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
5:45 PM - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty (special guest!)
7:00 PM - Less by Andrew Sean Greer
5:45 PM - Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
7:00 PM - Endless Night by Agatha Christie
5:45 PM - The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck
7:00 PM - Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
5:45 PM - Basketball and Other Things by Shea Serrano
7:00 PM - Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
5:45 PM - Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
7:00 PM - Arrowwood by Laura McHugh
5:45 PM - David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
7:00 PM - The Pearl by John Steinbeck
5:45 PM - Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
7:00 PM - Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
5:45 PM - Educated by Tara Westover
7:00 PM - Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
The next chapter...
Do you have ideas for 2020? We're working on the reading list for the future already! Please send us ideas if you have suggestions! We have a few criteria:
- not too long...we shoot for around 400/500 pages or less
- not recently or will be a movie/tv show/etc
- not a book that EVERYONE has already read, like something that was very common required reading in high school
- is available in all formats: print, digital, audio (and preferably at the library and is old enough to be already in paperback)
- variety is key for us! We pick a mix of fiction/nonfiction, throw a classic or two, try to vary settings/time periods etc., and author ethnicity/genders