Book Clubs

From Our Store (All are welcome!)

Michael Tolliver Lives: A Novel (Tales of the City #7) By Armistead Maupin Cover Image

Meets at Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO on the fourth Thursday of every month. Open to gay men and our friends. 

**This group is meeting virtually on Zoom for an invitation to join email**

The group meets monthly in the basement of Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO 63108. If you would like to join, feel free to join our discussion. We do ask that you have read the book or at least a significant portion of the book for the discussion.

The Spare Man By Mary Robinette Kowal Cover Image

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.

Due to Coronavirus, the meeting format for this reading group is changing to an online space. Please visit the Great Novels of the 22nd Century Facebook Group for updates.

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States By Samantha Allen Cover Image

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 7:00pm downstairs at Left Bank Books in the Central West End. You will find the book we are reading for the month on this page.

**Note that this reading group will also have virtual access via Zoom email Shane (email above) for link to join**

Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Vintage International) By Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa (Translated by) Cover Image

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. Interested? New members are encouraged to read the book and show up.

**Note that all meetings have been moved virtually** Contact for your invitation to join.

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death (Jewish Lives) By Lillian Faderman Cover Image

Read the Resistance will broaden its scope to talk about social justice affecting our community. This reading group is an attempt to add some civility and context to the mix by exploring race, class, gender, and other issues, not only in St. Louis, but America as a whole.

Misery: A Novel By Stephen King Cover Image

Our book group reads Horror! Reader Beware! meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the basement of Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, St. Louis, MO to talk about all the scary stories!

**This reading group is meeting in-store and virtually**

Death By Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts By Kathryn Harkup Cover Image

The Magnificoes! are interested and interesting folks who gather once a month to talk plays, poems, criticism, history, and fiction! The group began in May of 2012 just in time for that year’s production of Othello #InTheGlen by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Our long-term goal is to read all of the plays in the canon (38 of them) while enjoying the many creative works written that illuminate, complicate, and build on them.

**This group is meeting virtually on Zoom for an invitation to join email**

All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation #1) By bell hooks Cover Image

The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club is focused on empowering Black and Latinx writers. We encourage book club ambassadors to highlight classic novels written by  Black women (i.e. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison) and bring visibility to debut authors like Elizabeth Acevedo, Brit Bennett, and Tomi Adeyemi. Our curated reading list celebrates the work of underrepresented writers and encourages readers who feel inspired by what we’re doing to be a part of our community.

****Note that this reading group will be meeting virtually. Email for link to join****

Left Bank Books hosts several book clubs in our store located in the Central West End in St. Louis, MO - check out the list From Our Store below.

E-mail Shane ( 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: 2018 Recommended Book Group Titles


Other Lists for Inspiration: Book Group Title Suggestions, Black Lives Matter - A Reading List and Hamilton: A Reading List, Lemonade Syllabus Reading List