6 Local Book Clubs You Can Join

Many bookstores and venues host their own book clubs to keep you busy in the colder months.

Riffraff’s simple concept combines two favorites; reading and cocktails. Chris Vaccaro.

As the temperatures drop, we tend to stay indoors more, which means curling up with a good book. Reading never goes out of style, and celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah and Emma Watson are keeping the tradition alive with their own book clubs. Many local bookstores and venues host their own book clubs to keep you busy in the colder months.

Riffraff Bookstore and Bar

Riffraff is located at the Plant, a former mill in Olneyville in Providence. Set in a rustic warehouse, enjoy a full bar of beer, cider, wine and cocktails while engrossed in a page turner. The shop is stocked with books written by underrepresented voices from independent presses and authors.

Riffraff’s monthly book club selects books based on rotational themes each season, and this fall’s theme is “women in translation.” December’s book is Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata which is listed as one of the top ten books on the New York Times Book Review. The club will meet on Dec. 10 from 7–8 p.m.

Riffraff Bookstore and Bar, 60 Valley St. #107A, Providence, 401-421-4371, riffraffpvd.com


Savoy Bookshop and Cafe

This little book nook is located in the heart of downtown Westerly. The multi-level shop features two floors of retail space and a cafe on the entry level that serves locally sourced food, coffee and tea.

Savoy has a variety of book club genres. The fiction book club will meet on Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. The nonfiction book club will meet on Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell. The general book club will meet on Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah.

Savoy Bookshop and Cafe, 10 Canal St., Westerly, 401-213-3901, banksquarebooks.com


Symposium Books and Records

Symposium is a little indie bookstore in downtown Providence that offers new and used books as well as classic vinyl records. The store also sells work made by local artists.

Symposium will be teaming up with bin 312 as they host local thriller author Vanessa Lillie and special guest pourer Jack Coutu on Dec. 5. From 5–8 p.m. enjoy a free wine tasting, meet and greet the author and even get your copy signed. Jack is from local distributor M. S. Walker and has over twenty years of Portuguese wine knowledge that he is willing to share.

bin 312 wine cellar, 213 S. Main St., Providence, 401-714-0040, bin312.com

Symposium Books and Records, 240 Westminster St., Providence, 401-273-7900, symposiumbooks.com


Books on the Square

Established in 1992, the Wayland Square bookstore still operates as an all-ages bookstore. The shop brings in local artists and authors to maintain a sense of community. Also, if you’re looking for a discount, all books purchased online are 10 percent off!

The Queer Book Club is one of several clubs that meet from month to month and it reads books by and/or about queers of all genres. They gather the third Wednesday of every month, though there is no posted event for December yet. Find out about book club events here.

Books on the Square, 471 Angell St., Providence, 401-331-9097, booksq.com


Twenty Stories

A new twist on a classic, this bookstore operates out of a renovated 1987 vintage van as well as its brick-and-mortar spot in Fox Point. The shop’s name derives from the concept of only carrying twenty titles at a time including contemporary fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The rotation changes from month to month. The store hosts workshops, readings and community events attracting writers across the country. The van will pop up in a new location every weekend during the warmer months. The shop has a fiction book club that meets periodically. Join the Twenty Stories book club here.

Twenty Stories, 107 Ives St., Providence, 401-216-7380, twentystoriesla.com


The Cardigan Connection

While not an actual book club, the group encourages the idea of a reading series, by bringing best-selling and award-winning authors to Little Rhody.

On Dec. 7, Emmy Award winning comedian and writer Josh Gondelman will pay a visit to Askew from 6–8:30 p.m. as he launches his collection of stories, Nice Try. Tickets are $25 and include a set of comedy, signed copy of the book and a drink ticket.

The Cardigan Connection will also be teaming up with the Brown University Bookstore to welcome the New York Times bestselling author Peggy Orenstein for the launch of her new book Boys & Sex on Jan. 11 from 2–4 p.m. This will be a live taping for the Reading with Robin podcast and a fundraiser for Foster Forward. Tickets are $10 and include the live podcast recording. Books will be for sale by the Brown Bookstore.

On Dec. 17, the monthly author series line-up will include Jonathan Vatner, Mimi Lemay, Cara Wall and Brock Clarke starting at 7 p.m. There is no advanced reading required. The event is free and open to the public. This month, the organization will be accepting donations of hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and coats for children and families of E-Cubed Academy in Providence.

The Cardigan Connection at Askew, 150 Chestnut St., Providence, facebook.com.



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