Shake up your reading routine with a new book club

Whether you’re an art lover or a plant enthusiast, history buff or community advocate, there’s a local book club for you — if you know where to look.

Full book shelves in Pack Memorial Library's bookstore are surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows.

Pack Memorial Library is hosting a Book Club Fair to introduce reading groups around the city.

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Maybe you need help reaching your reading goals or maybe you can’t seem to get your bookworm friends together once a month. Whatever the reason, the start of a new year is a perfect time to reimagine your reading routine.

So if you like big books and you cannot lie, here are a few book clubs in Asheville you might not know about.

Land of the Sky 101

Hosted by a Buncombe County Special Collections (BCSC) librarian, the four-part series of readings follows themes of the BCSC exhibit “An Incomplete History of Buncombe County.” The first meeting is on Saturday, March 2.

Asheville Art Museum’s Book + Art

Whether you’re an artist yourself or just an art enthusiast, these discussions exploring books about artworks and the art world are sure to pique your interest. Plus, the books are available at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café for a 10% discount.

Books to Action Book Club

Share your interest in the issues facing our community with a nonfiction book club that includes both discussions and a community service project, educational field trip, or expert presentations. The next meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Pack Memorial Library, will discuss “Poverty, By America” by Matthew Desmond.

North Carolina Arboretum Book Talks

Part of the Adult & Continuing Education Classes program at the Arboretum, Book Talks let you dive into works about the natural world. Noted authors will share their stories, research, and expertise, and you’ll get to listen, learn, and participate.

Silent Book Club

Introverts, unite. This unique book club invites you to settle in for a cozy hour of reading time with whatever book you’d like — then socialize with other readers once the time is up. The next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Dobra Tea Downtown.

But keep reading. If you’re still looking for your literary people, visit the Book Club Fair online or at Pack Memorial Library’s Lord Auditorium this Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. to hear presentations from more than a dozen local book clubs (all of these included).

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