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Hit the Books
Autumn is the ideal time to cozy up with a good book — even if you’re not enrolled in an English class. Still crave a spirited discussion? Plenty of local book clubs are open to the public. Follow this guide to find your literary tribe.


Sept. 2017

Sci-fi Book Club

“The Machine” by James Smythe and “Too Like the Lightning” by Ada Palmer recently prompted great discussions. “Sometimes we meet off-site or go out for drinks after the book club to continue the conversation,” says Jason Kennedy, buyer for Boswell Book Company. Earlier this year, the group ventured down the block to meet at Pizza Man. Come December, members bring favorite books for a white elephant exchange.

When: Second Monday of the month, 7 p.m.

Where: Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave.

Upcoming reads: “Escapology” by Ren Warom, Sept. 11; “The Mercy Journals,” winner of the Philip K. Dick Award, by Claudia Casper, Oct. 9

More info: (414) 332-1181,


PRADAS: Adults Reading Teen Novels

Fashionable handbags are not required, as this club is for People Reading and Discussing Adolescent Stories. You’ll be in good company: The group attracts grandmothers, moms, librarians, teachers and even a regular male attendee, says Books & Company’s Lisa Baudoin. Previous reads include “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio and “Bone Gap,” winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, by Laura Ruby.

When: Third Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Books & Company, 1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc

Upcoming reads: “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys, Sept. 20; “Impyrium” by Henry Neff, Oct. 18

More info: (262) 567-0106,


Book to Art Club

Read the monthly novel and use it as inspiration for your art project. Materials are supplied, and projects have included mobiles, mosaics and mock books made from old VCR cases to hide treasures in plain sight on your bookshelves. “It’s fun to be creative,” says the East Library’s Beth Gabriel, who adds that making something lightens discussions.

When: Fourth Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m.

Where: East Library’s Ellipse community room, 2320 N. Cramer St.

Upcoming reads: “Behind Her Eyes” by Sarah Pinborough, Sept. 26; “Wytches” by Scott Snyder, Oct. 24

More info: Must register at or call (414) 286-3011.

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