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.
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 live interview with the author, in which we'll discuss the book. You'll receive a link to the event a few days before.
Authors that have joined us for the BookBar BookClub so far have included Brit Bennett, Elif Shafak, Natasha Brown, Meg Mason, Miranda Cowley Heller, Torrey Peters, Raven Leilani, Min Jin Lee, Ingrid Persaud, Curtis Sittenfeld, Clare Chambers, Fiona Mozley, Sophie Heyward 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 £15 or subscribe to the book club for £12 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.
***NB: If you have previously subscribed to the BookClub and are still making monthly payments, you do not need to sign up again as your subscription is still active***
Scroll down for this season's line up.
27th September 2022, 7pm
The China Room by Sunjeev Sahota
A story of forbidden love that echoes across generations - from the prize-winning author of The Year of the Runaways.
Mehar, a young bride in rural Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. It is 1929, and she and her sisters-in-law - married to three brothers in a single ceremony - spend their days hard at work on the family farm, sequestered from contact with the men.
When Mehar develops a theory as to which of them is hers, a passion is ignited that will put more than one life at risk. Spiralling around Mehar's story is that of a young man who in 1999 flees from England to the deserted sun-scorched farm. Can a summer spent learning of love and of his family's past give him the strength for the journey home?
This dual-timeline story that was longlisted for last year's Booker Prize so we can't wait to welcome Sunjeev Sahota to the BookClub.
26th October 2022, 7pm
My Body by Emily Ratajkowski
We're so excited to announce that model, actress and author Emily Ratajkowski will be joining us as the BookBar BookClub's October author.
Following Emily's visit to BookBar last November, we will be talking to Emily about her debut essay collection My Body. My Body is an astounding and personal collection of essays, exploring the commodification of the female body in Hollywood, culture and the media and is is an absolute must-read.
Sign up as a monthly BookClub subscriber (or try a one-off ticket) now and receive your paperback copy of My Body for delivery or collection. You'll then receive a link to a virtual event in which we'll ask Emily your questions about My Body at 7pm on Wednesday 26th October.
Please note that, unlike our usual book club events, this will be a pre-recorded event, but you'll still be able to submit your questions to Emily. To do so, please send them over by the end of Sunday 16th October. You'll be able to watch the recording from 26th October from 7pm, and will be able to access the event for one month afterwards.