Citywide Book Club List Continues to Grow

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The list of Citywide Book Clubs continues to grow. When Bookselling This Week first published a listing of book club initiatives in March 2002, it included 45 community-reading events. At present, the list -- BTW's fifth update -- numbers 131. Seven new book clubs have been added and information for four book clubs has been updated since the last list, published in January.

Cities or counties that have book club initiatives new to the list are: Tampa, Florida; Lexington, North Carolina; Lacrosse, Wisconsin; Middletown, Connecticut; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties, Virginia.

Additionally, the following book club listings were updated: Cleveland, Ohio's North Coast Neighbors Share a Book; Eugene, Oregon's Reading in the Rain; Washington County's Washington County READS; and Chicago's One Book, One Chicago.

To see BTW's full listing of Citywide Book Clubs, click here.

Additionally, since early January, the Library of Congress Center for the Book has updated or added to its citywide book list almost 60 community book club initiatives. The Library of Congress's listing can be found at

For bookstores, libraries, or other groups looking to help launch a community book club, click here for book club tips adapted from the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library's "Building a Citywide Book Club."

To keep BTW informed of your community's book club efforts, contact David Grogan, BTW senior editor, via e-mail at [email protected].