Reading Groups

Left Bank Books hosts several book clubs in our store - check out the list From Our Store below.

E-mail Shane ( or CLICK HERE to register your group with Left Bank Books and receive 20% off your book selection, for one month prior to the discussion date! You can also e-mail Shane with any questions about starting or joining a reading group, which can be a great way to get to know new people in your neighborhood, social scene, or professional field.

Is your group looking for book ideas? We've got some great titles for you: 2015 Book Group Title Suggestions, Black Lives Matter - A Reading List and Hamilton: A Reading List, Lemonade Syllabus Reading List

From Our Store (All are welcome!)

Book Group Description This Month's Book


The events in Ferguson have affected everyone in our community. This reading group is an attempt to add some civility and context to the mix by exploring race, not only in St. Louis, but America as a whole. We'll draw from our growing list of books and resources (which can be found here) to further our discussion. Our 2014-2015 Reading List 

2016 List

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Gay Men's Reading Group

Meets at Left Bank Books Central West End on the fourth Thursday of every month. Open to gay men and our friends. Monthly selections 20% off.

Curious about the group's tastes? Check out some of the group's previous reads:

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Great Novels of the 22nd Century

Science fiction reading group, hosted by Left Bank Books, moderated by Mark W. Tiedemann. We explore novels that reflect the potential of SF as both intellectually challenging and excellent writing. This group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month downstairs in the store at 7:00pm.

Questions? Send them to Mark at, or call the store at 314-367-6731.

2016 Titles

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Lesbian Reading Group

The Left Bank Books Lesbian Reading Group is open to the public and welcomes LGBTQI women and our friends. We meet on the third Thursday of each month. We generally meet at 7:15pm (new time!) downstairs at Left Bank Books in the Central West End. You will find the book we are reading for the month on this page. If you have any questions, please email Shane at

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Novel Ideas

Lunchtime reading group, featuring each month's book at 20% off. Novel Ideas meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, selecting and discussing books of contemporary literary fiction.

2016 Titles

December 14th, noon: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

2017 Titles

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Reader Beware!

Our newest book group reads Horror! We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month to talk about all the scary stories!

December 13th, 2016, 7:00pm:  Night Shift by Stephen King

January 10th, 2017, 7:00pm: John Dies at the End by David Wong


Past reading: 2016 & before


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Shakespeare Festival Reads

Join us for a collaborative reading group with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis! We usually meet the third Tuesday of every month.  We read Shakespeare's plays and poetry, as well as commentary, history, and modern adaptations. Questions? Interested? Email Shane at

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Writers Read

Writers Read! This group is open to anyone who writes, wants to write, or enjoys talking seriously (and sometimes not so seriously!) about writing. We are not a workshop group, rather, we read and discuss books through the lens of craft. Though we mostly focus on fiction, writers of all interests are welcome!

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