Five Favorite Book Clubs in Phoenix
Book clubs aren't just for Oprah. From some new arrivals on the reading scene (including our own Chow Bella Book Club) to the trailblazers who started it all, we're rounding up some of the best of the Valley's book clubs for your consideration.
"Phoenix is really beginning to come into its own in terms of book clubs," says Karen Stigers, who moderates the Phoenix Divas Book Club out of Changing Hands Bookstore, which hosts 45 registered book clubs centered around everything from Witchcraft to Buddhism to Sci-Fi.
"I think part of it is that people are really hungry for some sort of intellectual stimulation now," says book club veteran Patrick Millikin with The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale. "And it's a cheap easy way to get together and discuss intellectual matters."
We'll furrow our brow to that. Here are five local book clubs you'll want to read up on ...
1. Phoenix Divas Book Club
Don't let the name deceive you, the ladies in this book club are serious about reading. Although the original reading list for the Changing Hands-sponsored club included "a lot of chick lit," Karen Stigers, the founder and organizer of the group, says the women quickly decided that that wasn't what they wanted to read.
Now, this small group of about 10 women (yes, all women) meets each month at Wildflower Bread Company to discuss their most recent read. While they try to choose books by female authors, Stigers says they also like to read local authors (who often come to talk to them at their monthly meetings), and just about any other book that strikes their fancy.
This month, it's Wally Lamb's The Hour I First Believed. They'll be discussing it over dinner and dessert at Wildflower Bread Company, 4290 East Indian School Road in Phoenix on Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. Email Karen at KLST9@hotmail.com for details.
KBAQ, the Valley's resident classical music station, just announced that they are partnering up with Changing Hands to start their own book club, Book Notes, which will focus on books about - you guessed it - classical music!
But book notes isn't your typical face-to-face group chat
over coffee. It's Changing Hands' first radio book club. KBAQ host Randy Kinkel will review a new biography, novel,
memoir or monograph about the world of classical music on the first Friday of
each month on air at 6 p.m. Later on, the station is aiming to expand the club by
interviewing authors and artists and hosting performances by featured
musicians on the monthly show.
October's book is My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music by Leon Fleisher and Anne Midgette. You can purchase each month's book at Changing Hands or on their website.
5. Chow Bella Book Club
From memoirs to cook books to novels, we're looking for everyone who loves food, reading and reading about food to join in (and, if you do, you'll get a nice 20% off discount from Changing Hands).
There's still plenty of time to join in the first discussion. Woods will be kicking off the first discussion on November 1 at 7 p.m. about The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How A Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks by writer/chef Kathleen Flinn. You can read more about it here and order the book on-line through Changing Hands here.