September 28, 2016

book groups

We love books and we love talking about books, so of course we love book groups! We have a wide selection of staff-led book groups, for readers ranging from second grade to second career! Want to join one of these book groups? Just come to the next meeting. We are also happy to provide meeting spaces for your next book group, too! We also offer a 15% discount on all book club books for all attendees.

Not sure which book club is right for you? Here’s a little bit about each one we offer!

My First Book Club (5-7-year-olds): Guess what? Kids do NOT need to be reading on their own to come to this book club designed just for them! Books include longer picture books and early readers. Meetings include a reading of the selected book (to refresh everyone’s memory), a short discussion, and a fun activity or craft. Questions? Email

Kids & Companions (8-11-year-olds): Families reading together is one of our favorite things to encourage! In this group, kids and an adult reading partner of their choice read the same book each month and get together to discuss (yes, the adults too) in conversation that is always lively and enlightening. Email Terra at for more information or to be added to the email list!

Page Turners (6th-8th grade girls): Page Turners is on an extended hiatus. We’re not certain that it will return.

Middle Grade Graphic Novel (10-12-year-olds): Join us as we talk about new, different, or really really cool graphic novels! We read anything from Raina Telgemeier’s latest to classics like Tintin. We also take time to draw at the end. Don’t worry if you feel like you aren’t a good artist–anybody can do comics! Email for more information!

Catch-All (grown ups): This book group has been meeting for eight years, but don’t be intimidated by our long run! New members join all the time. What started as a book club for post-college, pre-babies twenty-somethings has evolved into a book club for mostly anyone, although as you can imagine, after meeting for eight years, we’ve tended to become thirty-somethings with a few babies thrown into the mix. We promise that we are a real book group that actually discusses the book, although we do tend to reference other books we’ve read fairly often, so be prepared for broad discussions that can cover a wide range of books and topics. Book group favorites include: The Night Circus, Revolutionary Road, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, and Americanah.Email for more info!

Grown-Up Graphic Novel (grown ups): Adults of all stripes are welcome to join us in discussion of graphic novels from off the beaten path. This is a group that straddles the bookstore and the comics world. We tend to read less mainstream, more eclectic, works and we dive deep into whatever is interesting, provocative, gorgeous, quirky, or all the above. Email for more info!

Guys Who Read (guys who read): For the gentleman who reads both classic and contemporary hits, a book club of uncommonly good taste. Run by long-time customer (and a bookseller’s spouse), this meeting also usually involves food and beer! Email Raphael Siebenmann at for more info!

Meet in the Middle Book Club (grown ups): Welcome to the Meet in the Middle Book Club, a middle-grade fiction book club for the adults who love kid lit. If growing up has never seemed fun to you, you’re in the right spot. Once a month we’ll read and explore some of the best middle-grade (8 to 12-year-old protagonists usually) books out there. Reach out to if you’d like to learn more and if you know big things come in small packages.

Not-So-YA (grown ups): For the young adult novel enthusiast who may or may not actually be a young adult. This group is led by celebrity author photographer Vania Stoyanova. Known for their shenanigans, this group welcomes folks of all genders. Contact!

Poetry & Wine (grown ups): Read the poems. Come and discuss. We are a very non-pretentious group of poetry enthusiasts who gather once each month. This is an open group. There is no need to sign-up ahead of time. Just read the selection and show up. Bring a bottle of wine (or bourbon or whatever), or a dessert of some sort to share if you wish. Folks read their favorite poems and we have truly interesting and wonderful discussions. Send a note to Dave at if you would like more information or to get on the email list!

WRBG (grown ups): As part of the American Booksellers Association’s partnership with Glory Edim to bring Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG) book club meetings to independent bookstores nationwide, Little Shop of Stories signed up to host an official Well Read Black Girl book club. This group is led by run by our former store manager (and young adult author) Kimberly Jones. Questions? Email