Whether you’ve been a part of a book club or this will be your first time, if you’re focusing on the below recommended book list, it’s important you invite friends, family and colleagues that are interested in a food-centric book club. Consider contacting people who’ve met through Slow Food Denver to join or to co-lead the book club with you.
We’ve provided a list of 12 books to take you through the year. Feel free to rearrange the order and skip books that aren’t of interest to you. For each book, we’ve provided a reader’s guide so you have questions and discussion topics for each book. This should make leading the book club easy peasy!
There are a few key questions to work out to start a successful book club:
- How many members should you invite? 5 to 15 members are best: enough for a discussion if some are absent, but not so many that discussions become unwieldy.
- How often should you meet? Monthly works best for most clubs. Some meet every 6 weeks. Once you choose a schedule, try to stick with it.
- When should the group meet? Whether weekday evenings or weekends, this will largely depend on the job/childcare schedules of your members.
- Where should the group meet? Some good meeting places are: homes, clubhouses, public libraries, local Y’s, and restaurants. If you want to get really creative, you can vary the meeting place and cuisine based on the setting of the book. Alternatively, if meeting in person is challenging, consider using Skype or Google Hangouts to have a virtual book club get-together.
- How do we keep in touch? When you start the group, distribute a list of names and phone numbers, along with setting the ground rules for your group’s meeting frequency, possible meeting places and book list. Send out monthly meeting reminders.