All book discussion groups at Forbes Library are drop-in and available to anyone with an interest.
Afternoon Book Discussion
Third Friday of the month at 1 PM
This is an informal librarian-led hour long discussion. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices with a sprinkling of non-fiction, genre fiction, and classics with an emphasis on books appealing to an eclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion. Tea and light refreshments are served. See selected titles for our upcoming meetings.
The Great Books
Third Monday of the Month at 7 PM
The Great Books discussion is structured in a think tank environment with the intention of gaining insight from other readers that one would not have by reading alone. See selected titles for our upcoming meetings.
Italian Crime Fiction Book Group
The Italian Crime Book Group will resume in the fall. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Are you frostbitten from reading all that Scandinavian noir? Put a little Mediterranean in your life—join our moderator Dick Abrams and explore the fascinating subject of Italian Crime Fiction.
Mystery Book Discussion
Third Monday of the month (4th Monday when holiday) at 7 PM
Casual discussion with other mystery readers. See selected titles for our upcoming meetings.
Nature and Environment Book Club
Second Wednesday of the Month at 7 PM
The Nature and Environment Book Club is a group devoted to the best of nature writing and environmental reporting with discussions on the second Wednesday of each month. Readers and writers interested in books ranging from such classics as Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek to topical reportage like Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction will want to join the conversation.
Paradise City Readers
First Monday of the month at 7 PM
Respectful, queer / LGBT-friendly, easy-going bunch who want an excuse to get out more and talk about books. See selected titles for our upcoming meetings.
Pioneer Valley Queer Book Club
Second Wednesday of the month, at 5:45 PM
The Pioneer Valley Queer Book Club is a monthly informal discussion of nonfiction and fiction titles loosely centered around the theme of queerness. Some past titles include: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, Alison Bechdel’s graphic novels, Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles and Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg. The aim of the group is to celebrate queer literature, connect themes to current issues within the community and meet new folks interested in reading across genres. Open to anyone, regardless of how you identify.
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Discussion
First Wednesday of the month at 7 PM
Anyone interested in Science Fiction or Fantasy is welcome. Although we focus on this month’s selection, we will discuss any topics related to Science Fiction or Fantasy, books or movies. See selected titles for our upcoming meetings.
Second Mondays Book Discussion
Second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM
A book discussion group for those who love literature and lively discussion. Come if you love the book, come if you hate it, come if you’re not sure how you feel!