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BookBar is all about bringing people together through books. We know that half the fun of reading the book is discussing it with fellow readers afterwards, preferably with a glass of wine or cup of coffee.

 

BookBar's book club is created especially for that purpose. So we launched our virtual book club, which promises all the fun of the real thing, and some additional surprises. Membership of the BookBar BookClub includes:

  • A paperback book chosen by our passionate team

  • A virtual event with the author to watch live or on record for 30 days after the event

  • 10% off our Hardback of the Month in store and online

  • 90 days MUBI membership

  • Exclusive discounts and promotions throughout the year

  • A monthly in-person discussion group hosted by one of the BookBar team, to discuss the monthly paperback book with other members over a glass of wine or soft drink. Space will be limited to just 10 people each month at our North London bookshop and social space and will be available to BookBar BookClub subscribers only on a first come, first served basis.

How does it work?

 

Sign up, receive your book in advance of the book club with plenty of time to read it, send in the questions and discussion points you'd like us to talk about, and come along to a virtual interview live with the author, in which we'll discuss the book. You'll be able to chat with out BookClub members on our live chat board, and ask questions to the author throughout the discussion.

 

You'll receive a link via email to the virtual event a few days before. Can't make the event? We'll send out a recording that you'll be able to watch back for 30 days after. Can't find the email? Just head to our BookClub Members Page and type in the password to access all the links you need.

Authors that have joined us for the BookBar BookClub so far have included Ann Patchett, Douglas Stuart, Brit Bennett, Elif Shafak, Maggie O'Farrell, Claire Keegan, Natasha Brown, Meg Mason, Miranda Cowley Heller, Torrey Peters, Raven Leilani, Min Jin Lee, Ingrid Persaud, Sunjeev Sahota, Curtis Sittenfeld, Clare Chambers, Fiona Mozley, Sophie Heyward, Emily Ratajkowski and Bryan Washington.

Your ticket price includes a copy of the book, as well as attendance at the virtual event. Buy a ticket to a single event for £18 or subscribe to the book club for £15 a month.

As we pick the freshest paperbacks, the books get sent out at the same time each month to all subscribers, regardless of when the ticket was purchased, so the 3-5 day shipping window does not apply for BookClub purchases as in most cases the books have not yet been published when the programme is launched. If you sign up after we've sent the books out, you'll receive them as soon as possible.

 

Scroll down for this season's line up. Got questions? Visit our FAQs here.

upcoming bookclubs

Arrangements in Blue with Amy Key

Virtual Author Conversation (members and one-off tickets):

Monday 20th May, 7pm

In-Store Discussion Group (separate ticket required, only available to monthly members and limited to 10 spaces):

Wednesday 5th June 7pm

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When poet Amy Key was growing up, she looked forward to a life shaped by romance, fuelled by desire, longing and the conventional markers of success that come when you share a life with another person. But that didn't happen for her. Now in her forties, she sets out to explore the realities of a life lived in the absence of romantic love.

Using Joni Mitchell's seminal album Blue - which shaped Key's expectations of love - as an anchor, Arrangements in Blue elegantly honours a life lived completely by, and for, oneself. Building a home, travelling alone, choosing whether to be a mother, recognising her own milestones, learning the limits of self-care and the expansive potential of self-friendship, Key uncovers the many forms of connection and care that often go unnoticed. With profound candour and intimacy, Arrangements in Blue explores the painful feelings we are usually too ashamed to discuss: loneliness, envy, grief and failure. The result is a book which inspires us to live and love more honestly.

 

Read a paperback copy of Arrangements in Blue and join us for a virtual interview with the author, Amy Key, on Monday 20th April 2024 at 7pm.

 

If you are a member of the BookBar BookClub you'll be able to sign up to join us for an in-person discussion group on Wednesday 5th June 2024 at our bookshop and social space from 6:30-7:30pm. Members will be sent a link to sign up to the limited spaces.

 

Your ticket price includes a paperback copy of the book, as well as attendance at the virtual event. Buy a ticket to a single event for £18 or subscribe to the book club for £15 a month. 

 

Please note: We send out copies of the book at the same time each month, so our usually delivery time frame does not apply to the BookClub. You will receive an email when your copy has been dispatched or is ready for collection. Please visit our BookClub FAQs page for more details.

 

Roman Stories with Jhumpa Lahiri

Virtual Author Conversation (members and one-off tickets):

Monday 17th June, 7pm

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June's BookBar BookClub author is acclaimed writer Jhumpa Lahiri, discussing her latest short story collection, Roman Stories.

 

From the internationally bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies comes an exquisitely crafted work of fiction. In these short stories Jhumpa Lahiri sets her gaze on the eternally beautiful city of Rome, illuminating the frailties of the human condition and dissecting lives lived on the margins. Rich with Lahiri’s signature gifts, Roman Stories is a masterful work from one of the finest writers of our time. Translated from the Italian by Jhumpa Lahiri and Todd Portnowitz.

 

Read a paperback copy of Roman Stories and and join us for a virtual interview with the author, Jhumpa Lahiri, on Monday 17th June 2024 at 7pm.

 

If you are a member of the BookBar BookClub you'll be able to sign up to join us for an in-person discussion group at our bookshop and social space at a date to be announced. Members will be sent a link to sign up to the limited spaces.

 

Your ticket price includes a paperback copy of the book, as well as attendance at the virtual event. Buy a ticket to a single event for £18 or subscribe to the book club for £15 a month. 

 

Please note: We send out copies of the book at the same time each month, so our usually delivery time frame does not apply to the BookClub. You will receive an email when your copy has been dispatched or is ready for collection. Please visit our BookClub FAQs page for more details.

 

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