Just a reminder to everyone about tonight’s visit from one of Scotland’s finest writers, Janice Galloway. From 6.00-7.00pm, in The Mitchell Theatre, Janice will be talking about her latest book, All Made Up, recently BBC Radio 4’s book of the week. Not to be missed.
At Glasgow Libraries we are passionate about books, and our reading groups are one of the ways we share this passion with our readers. Through this blog, we aim to provide you with a unique insight into the world of books in Glasgow. You will find information on events and activities in the city, news on book awards, book lists and upcoming titles – and every Friday we feature a guest blogger.
As well as a range of book groups meeting in our libraries, we also support a growing network of groups around Glasgow – you can see the ones currently looking for new members at Our Groups.
If you are interested in starting your own book group – at home, at work, in a cafe or pub, or in your local library – we can help you by providing support such as copies of books for each of your members, a venue to host your group, and tips and advice to help your meetings run smoothly. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on starting your own group.
We, at Glasgow Libraries, will happily provide sets of books for your book group. They have all been carefully chosen by us to cover a whole range of genres and are all titles that we think will provoke lots of discussion at your group. Try a first novel, a classic you’ve always meant to read or a recent award-winner. To help you decide what to go for we even throw in a blurb.
A small list of websites for you to explore and enjoy.
Reading Groups for Everyone
Spread the word about the great things that reading groups, writing groups and book clubs offer. If you join Reading Groups for Everyone you can add groups you run, find groups near you and get discounts and promotions.
Book Group Info
This is an independent site providing information for readers, book groups, reading groups and book clubs. It aims to provide a book lovers’ community where you can find unaffiliated book reviews, literary news, interviews with distinguished authors and keep up to date with literary festivals and events.
Book Group Online
In this forum, you are free to share your opinions to the world, and enter into discussions and debates with other readers about the books you’ve read. Spread the word about books you like – or dislike – to other readers. You can also browse the forum when you’re deciding what to read next.
Bring your bookshelf to life! Upload images of your bookshelves; review, recommend and buy books; join in lively discussions; connect with other book lovers and discover new books and authors to suit your tastes.
A book club networking site for anyone looking to start or join a book club. Contains listings for local groups, author events, and phone chats. http://www.readerscircle.org/index.html
An online bookshop which has several unique tools to help you choose your next read, including free 10-15 page opening extracts of all featured books. http://www.lovereading.co.uk/genre/grp/Reading-Groups.html
Already in a book group? Want to find out about joining or starting one?
Come along to our free event – with competitions, special offers and free books – in the Mitchell from 1-4pm on Saturday 25 June. Listen to Glasgow author Louise Welsh speak about her work and her experience of reading groups. All welcome.