Book Groups

The Library offers several book clubs catering to a wide range of reading interests. The titles listed below are available from the Information Desk.

Discussion Group Schedule

Classics Book Club

First Monday of February, June & October at 7:00 p.m. virtually via Zoom

This book group is moderated by Cindy Haiken, Readers’ Advisory Librarian. Contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org for details and to find out how to access the book online.

  • June 7
    Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

 

SCOW Presenta: Club de Lectura en Español! (Spanish Book Club)

Se anunciará la próxima fecha de reunión.

Únase a Daisy Lopez de la Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford para una discusión de lectura, totalmente en español!

Si quisiera pedir prestada una copia de la biblioteca, favor de contactar a Daisy Lopez al correo electrónico (dlopez@scowinc.org) o llamando a la Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford (203-265-5866).

 

Mystery Book Group

First Wednesday (September-June) at 3:00 p.m. virtually via Zoom. To participate, contact Carole Shmurak at cshmurak@gmail.com. No meeting in January.

This book group is moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University.

Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

  • May 5
    Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely
  • June 2
    The Hot Pink Farmhouse by David Handler

 

Thursday Night Book Club

Third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. virtually via Zoom

This book group is moderated by Cindy Haiken, Readers’ Advisory Librarian. Contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org for details and to find out how to access the book online.

  • May 20
    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • June 17
    Three Junes by Julia Glass
  • July 15
    Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls

 

Truth Be Told: Tuesday Night Nonfiction Book Group

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room

Discussion moderated by Library Enthusiast Will Minter.

Truth Be Told will be returning soon. Check back for updates.