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Book Clubs

Left Bank Books hosts several book clubs in our store located in the Central West End in St. Louis, MO - check out the list From Our Store below.

E-mail Shane ( to register your group with Left Bank Books and receive 20% off your book selection, for one month prior to the discussion date! You can also e-mail Shane with any questions about starting or joining a reading group, which can be a great way to get to know new people in your neighborhood, social scene, or professional field.

Is your group looking for book ideas? We've got some great titles for you: 2018 Recommended Book Group Titles


Other Lists for Inspiration: Book Group Title Suggestions, Black Lives Matter - A Reading List and Hamilton: A Reading List, Lemonade Syllabus Reading List

From Our Store (All are welcome!)

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The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World Cover Image

Meets at Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO on the fourth Thursday of every month. Open to gay men and our friends. 

The group meets monthly in the basement of Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO 63108. If you would like to join, feel free to join our discussion. We do ask that you have read the book or at least a significant portion of the book for the discussion.

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Compass Reach Cover Image

Science fiction reading group, hosted by Left Bank Books, moderated by Mark W. Tiedemann. We explore novels that reflect the potential of SF as both intellectually challenging and excellent writing. This group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month downstairs in the store at 7:00pm.

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Breath, Eyes, Memory Cover Image

Whether they've won multiple literary awards or have written several bestsellers, all of our favorite writers have a debut. Was their future success a fait accompli, or did they have a long road ahead? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. and we'll discuss their first novels.

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Stray City: A Novel Cover Image

The Left Bank Books Lesbian Reading Group is open to the public and welcomes LGBTQI women and our friends. We meet on the third Thursday of each month. We generally meet at 7:15pm (new time!) downstairs at Left Bank Books in the Central West End. You will find the book we are reading for the month on this page.

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows: A Novel Cover Image

Lunchtime reading group, featuring each month's book at 20% off. Novel Ideas meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, selecting and discussing books of contemporary literary fiction. Interested? New members are encouraged to read the book and show up.

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Friday Black Cover Image

Read the Resistance will broaden its scope to talk about social justice affecting our community. This reading group is an attempt to add some civility and context to the mix by exploring race, class, gender, and other issues, not only in St. Louis, but America as a whole.

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Zombie: A Novel Cover Image

Our book group reads Horror! Reader Beware! meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the basement of Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, St. Louis, MO to talk about all the scary stories!

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Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics Cover Image

The Magnificoes! are interested and interesting folks who gather once a month to talk plays, poems, criticism, history, and fiction! The group began in May of 2012 just in time for that year’s production of Othello #InTheGlen by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Our long-term goal is to read all of the plays in the canon (38 of them) while enjoying the many creative works written that illuminate, complicate, and build on them.

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Everything Inside: Stories Cover Image

The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club is focused on empowering Black and Latinx writers. We encourage book club ambassadors to highlight classic novels written by  Black women (i.e. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison) and bring visibility to debut authors like Elizabeth Acevedo, Brit Bennett, and Tomi Adeyemi.