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If you enjoy reading, meeting people and discussing your opinions or ideas about books with others then one of our Book Groups may be right for you.
Select from a traditional style of book club with every member reading the same book each month, or broaden your reading choices and discover new authors and genres.
Details of our Book Groups are listed below.
Contact us if interested to join a book club or learn how we can support your book club.

 Maitland Library
 Monday Evening Book Group - Second Monday of each month, 6.30pm - 8.00pm 
 Tuesday Evening Book Group - First Tuesday of each month, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
 Maitland U3A Book Group - Second Friday of each month of term, 10.0am-11.00am
 Have a Break with a Book - First Tuesday of each month, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
 East Maitland Library
 Monday Lunchtime Book Group - First Monday of the month, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
 First Tuesday Morning Book Club - First Tuesday of each month, 10.00am -11.30am
 After Thoughts - Third Wednesday of the month, 3.00pm - 4.00pm
 Rutherford Library
 Quattro Club - Fourth Friday of the month, 11.30am
 Thornton Library
 Speedy Reads - First Thursday of the month, 11.00am - 12.00pm
 Saturday Book Group - Third Saturday of each month, 10.30am - 11.30am



Monday Lunchtime Book Club

When First Monday of the month
Venue and time East Maitland Library
1.00 pm - 2.00  pm
What we are reading next.. God of small things
by Arundhati Roy

Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1997. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story of an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, Roy uses an incongruously jaunty tone to relate tales of horror and tragedy.

Monday Evening Book Club

When Second Monday of the month
Venue and time Maitland City Bowling Club
6.30 pm - 8.00  pm
What we are reading next.. Baking cakes in Kigali
by Gaile Parkin 

A deeply moving  tale set in modern-day Rwanda introduces one of the most singular and engaging characters in recent fiction: Angel Tungaraza – mother, cake baker, keeper of secrets – a woman living on the edge of chaos, finding ways to transform lives, weave magic, and create hope amid the madness swirling all around her. Her claim to fame in the town of Kigali is her extraordinary and unique cakes. The process of designing the perfect cake for her customers lets her into their lives.
Filled with both the sadness and joy of Africa, this is a funny, life affirming and beautifully written novel of life in a country recovering from terrible horrors

Tuesday Morning Book Club

When First Tuesday of the month
Venue and time East Maitland Library
10.00 am - 11.30 am
What we are reading next.. A case of exploding mangoes
by Mohammed Hanif

Hanif's debut novel is a darkly comic imagining of the circumstances surrounding the mysterious plane crash that killed Pakistan's military ruler, General Zia, in August 1988.
Junior Officer Ali Shigri of the Pakistan Air Force, struggles to unravel the secrets and motives that led to his father's suicide – or, was it murder?
Two parallel assassination plots converge in Hanif’s depictions of Zia, Pakistani military life and the CIA. A sure-footed, inventive debut that deftly undercuts its moral rage with comedy, and deepens its comedy with moral rage.

Have a break with a book Club

When First Tuesday of the month
Venue and time Ph: 4933 6952 for venue details
6.00 pm - 7.00 pm
What we are reading next.. Burial rites
by Hannah Kent

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men.
Based on a true story, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we’re told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland’s formidable landscape, in which every day is a battle for survival, and asks, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

Tuesday Evening Book Club

When First Tuesday of the month
Venue and time Ph: 4933 6952 for venue details
7.00 pm - 8.00  pm
What we are reading next.. Queen's gambit
by Walter Tevis

When her parents are killed in a car accident, eight year old Beth Harmon is placed in an orphanage where the children are given a tranquilizer twice a day. Plain and shy, she learns to play chess from the janitor and discovers that she is a chess genius. Chess becomes her obsession and her life, as it takes her from her humble, restricted beginnings and introduces her to the bigger world of international championships, success, and the associated problems.An elegant, introspective, and ultimately breathtaking view of the mind of a champion.

After Thoughts Book Club

When Third Wednesday of the month
Venue and time East Maitland Library
3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
What we are reading next.. Cold comfort farm
by Stella Gibbons

First published in 1932, this novel commands enormous affection among its admirers.  A classic satirical novel, and parody of the rural novels popular at the time of its publication, it tells the story of sensible Flora Poste, who is orphaned at age 19. Leaving the city to go live with relatives in deepest Sussex at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the gloomy and eccentric Starkadder family, headed by reclusive Aunt Ada Doom. Flora's penchant for practicality and organization soon shakes things up as Flora uses her wits to tidy the farm and everyone on it.

Speedy Reads Book Club

When First Thursday of the month
Venue and time Thornton Library
11.00 am - 12.00 pm
What we are reading next.. The necklace of pearls
by Dorothy L. Sayers

A mystery set during a Christmas party that features the upper-class detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, a character Sayers used in several of her detective mysteries. This story hails from the 'golden age' of detective novels.

Books and Beers 
When Third Thursday of the month
Venue and time Commercial Hotel, Morpeth
7.30  pm
What we are reading next.. Contact Nadine 0417 401 790
Maitland U3A Book Club 

When Second Friday of the month
Venue and time Maitland Library
10.00  am - 11.00 am
What we are reading next.. Stopping place
by Helen Slavin 

Ruby lives alone. She works as an assistant at the library and her evenings are long and lonely. She fills her free time with self-improvement classes and trying to forget. She watches her colleagues and learns their secrets, and protects them (colleagues and secrets alike). She feels that she is a nobody, deliberately so. Then in the hallowed portals of the archives, she finds the photographic treasury of a lady of the manor from a century ago.
The Stopping Place is an unusual novel; original, teasing, leavened with a touch of wry humour, and a moment or two of near farce, best read with no preconceptions at all and ultimately rewarding.

Quattro Book Club 

When Fourth Friday of the month
Venue and time Rutherford Library
11.30  am - 12.30 pm
What we are reading next.. Dressmaker's daughter
by Kate Llewellyn

A candid and exquisitely crafted account of Kate Llewellyn’s life, from her earliest days on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia through to her nursing training, her marriage, life in bohemian Adelaide in the 60s and 70s, her time as an art gallery owner, and the beginning of her journey as a writer. With a poet’s touch and with striking honesty, Kate Llewellyn reveals her darkest regrets and heart-warming triumphs.

Saturday Book Club 

When Third Saturday of the month
Venue and time Thornton Library
10.30  am - 11.30 am
What we are reading next.. Street sweeper 
by Elliot Perlman 

At the heart of this swiftly flowing, multifaceted tale are two narratives: a Polish Jew tells the tale of his ordeal in a Nazi death camp to a black American ex-con while evidence of black American soldiers liberating a concentration camp is unearthed by an Australian-Jewish history professor.
These stories cleverly mirror one another, being suspenseful and perfectly told in many voices, spanning decades.
There are moments of unremitting despair, but also of strength, unsung bravery and hope that arrives when all seems lost