The Book Bungalow now offers four book clubs of our own, two of which feature both live and virtual meet-ups, and one of which will only meet live:
- Influential Women meets every first Wednesday evening of the month, generally at 7:00 pm. Sometimes, we'll meet earlier in the day in order to accommodate the author if she/he will be joining us. (The live version of the club is only featuring part of our list, but details are still being worked out at this point.) All are welcome to join either group. Click on our 2024 reading list below to see what's planned or pick up a copy (and buy the book) in the store.
- Mystery/Thriller meets every second Wednesday evening of the month, again generally at 7:00 pm (unless we need to adjust the time to accommodate a visiting author). The live version of the club will likely also meet on a Wednesday evening beginning in January, but details are still being worked out at this point. All are welcome to join either group. Click on our 2024 reading list below to see what's planned or pick up a copy (and buy the book) in the store.
- International Literature (Fiction and Nonfiction) meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm (unless we need to adjust the time to accommodate a visiting author). Again, all are welcome, and you can click on our 2024 reading list below or pick up a copy (and buy the book) in the store. We do not yet have a live option for this group.
- Read Dangerously (Classics and fiction and nonfiction that will stretch your thinking) meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm, beginning at the discussion leader's home. If you are interested in joining this group, please call the store at 435-619-8200 and ask to speak with the manager to get more details. Once more, all are welcome, and our 2024 list is posted below. This book club was inspired by Azar Nafisi's book, Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times. Nafisi, the NYT bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, has armed readers of her latest book with a resistance reading list ranging from James Baldwin to Zora Neale Hurston to Margaret Atwood. As she put it in her introduction: ". . . I am not talking about literature of resistance but literature as resistance. I am interested in ways through which literature and art resist seats of power--not only that of kings and tyrants, but the tyrant within us as well. It is possible to change policies, but it is far more difficult to change attitudes. My goal in this book, as in all the books I have written, is to replace the rifts created by politics with connections gained through imagination. Right now books are in danger. One can go a step further and say that imagination and ideas are in danger, and whenever they are threatened, we know that our reality is similarly in danger. Remember the saying 'First they burn books, then they kill people'? This is a good time to remember what Toni Morrison once said: '. . . art takes us and makes us take a journey beyond price, beyond cost, into bearing witness to the world as it is and as it should be.'"