We speak to writers running book clubs on Substack about what makes them work and why readers are coming to them now more than ever
I run a community not-quite-book-substack called The Books That Made Us.
Every post is written by a different guest writer on a foundational book. A book they feel made them who they are today.
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This is what I love about Substack! Everybody's great ideas, all together in one place. I'm in learning mode and this is just what I was looking for. Thanks!
I don’t run a club BUT I write about books in translation from around the world. I think what I find weekly has to be shared with my fellow humans who love to know about other cultures and other times. More at http://kalpanamohan.substack.com Last week it was a German book from the time of Hitler. The week prior was a collection of Tamil stories. Prior to that was a Spanish Xavier Marias work. Assamese. Catalonian. Telugu. Vietnamese. Marathi. I’m having fun.
When I rolled out paid subscriptions last year, a book club felt like the perfect thing to offer! My Book Club for Writers discusses books about the craft of writing. We're having our third meeting on July 30. It's been a blast!
I’m more of a dystopian novel reader, but I suppose I can check out the utopian novel list from Griffin. ☺️
This is wonderful, thank you for highlighting these Substacks - I look forward to reading more about them. I keep toying with the idea of launching a monthly discussion thread a la the salons of the Bloomsbury Group writers and artists - to discuss the previous month’s biographies. Much to think about. Thank you again!
Thank you for this! I’ve long thought about both joining and running a book club. Lots of great ideas here.
This is pretty cool, and a unique idea. I hadn't even considered this as a possible "substack world" but I'm glad I know about it. Fun stuff.
I’ve started my substack page in hopes to start a cookbook club! I try recipes from a different cookbook each month. I hope to one day have group discussions with my readers as they cook along with me.
This is amazing this is why I love you Substack!
I plan on starting one of these down the road with a focus on subversive fiction.
Thanks for including the Peak Notions book club! I’m figuring it out along with subscribers every month, but most liked the idea of a book club that doesn’t commit you to ever book or session. People sign up only when they’re interested in the book, and my hope is that this ensures a small group of enthusiastic attendees and a good conversation every time!
I love this thread!
I run a Zoom book club that reads classic works of literature by dead authors -- Dickens, Baldwin, Woolf, Vonnegut, Didion -- and I also read biographies of those writers so that during book club meetings I can tell stories about their lives and how they created their masterpieces. People all over the world, ages 18-80, participate, including lots of writers, musicians, filmmakers, etc., plus normal folks too.
We record the Zoom meetings, and then I drag those recordings into iMovie, edit them down to the funniest and most insightful comments, and post those videos to Substack for my paid subscribers.
I also run something called the Silent Reading Party (which I invented in 2009) where a live musician plays piano for two hours in the lobby of a 100-year-old hotel in Seattle (Hotel Sorrento). Music designed to be read to. For people to tune out digital distractions and get some reading done with a community of others who are doing the same thing.
During the pandemic, we started a virtual version of the reading party -- a live broadcast on Zoom of the live music. Paid subscribers to my substack get those reading party Zoom links free every first and third Wednesday of the month. Unlike the book clubs, there is no talking at the reading party.
More info on the reading party: silentreadingparty.com
Upcoming book clubs: FrizzLit.com/bookclubs
Deals and discounts on all of the above available for my free subscribers here ✨
Thanks for including Readable Moments Book Club in this amazing list! ❤️
I have a book recommendation newsletter! I focus on non-bestsellers that may have flown under the radar for people looking to branch out of the popular reads they have already read!
A substack world I'd happily get lost in. Thank you for the list, it's beautifully curated, each book club uniquely described. This whole situation is what I'm here for. Thank you!