Our book clubs are led by professional moderators, specific to the genre. They read a different book every month. There is no extra "membership fee".
The cost includes the book plus $5 to cover the moderator. Shipping is $5 -- and since all clubs are on Zoom, you can join from anywhere in the continental United States.
We have at least one (probably more than one) book club for everybody.
(Please note that the prices vary between clubs and change every month simply because they are based on the price of the books.)
Queer Book Club with CB Lee
We read & discuss Queer authors, books, and topics across genres (mostly fiction).
CB Lee is a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American writer based in Los Angeles and is the author of the Sidekick Squad series and Seven Tears at High Tide. Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad #1) was a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in Young Adult.
Connect with her on Twitter @author_cblee and on Instagram at @cblee_cblee.
"We're All Gonna Die!" dystopian book club with Peter Clines
This book club explores dystopia and the post-apocalypse in their bewildering array of forms.
PETER CLINES is a generations-back New Englander (we're talking tall hats and buckled shoes and half-the-population-dies-every-winter generations-back) who broke with tradition and moved to Southern California.
After more than thirty years of writing, fifteen years in the film industry, and six years of writing about writing for the film industry, plus getting several short stories and a novel or ten published (one of which--Paradox Bound--hit the NYT Bestseller list), he feels he has some experience and useful advice to offer.
Your thoughts on this may vary...
True Crime Book Club with James T. Bartlett
Love crime? You'll love this club. Of course we read about serial killers, but we also venture into other dark territory.
Originally from London, James Bartlett is a journalist and author of the Gourmet Ghosts guides to murder, suicide, and other mysteries from L.A.’s bars, hotels and restaurants. His next book investigates a murder in Alaska that ends with a cryptic suicide in Hollywood.
He can be found @GourmetGhosts or on the shelf of the California section at the Last Bookstore.
Feminist Book Club with Julia Callahan
This club reads an intersectional variety of feminist lit - fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, etc.
Julia Callahan has a BA in English Literature and European History from UC Santa Cruz. She started her publishing career in the Book Soup annex at age twenty-two. She worked her way through the ranks to become the Assistant Director of Marketing.
In 2010, she left Book Soup for Rare Bird Books—a downtown L.A.-based publishing and literary publicity company—where she is the Director of Sales and Marketing, an acquiring editor, and does anything else that needs doing.
Ficción en Español Book Club with Dan Lopez
Este club de lectura lee ficción en español. Aquí está tu oportunidad de leer grandes escritores contemporáneos en su lengua materna. Ya sea que lea en español todo el tiempo o esté buscando mejorar su español, este club es para usted. La discusión será tanto en inglés como en español.
Dan Lopez is a local bookseller, author, and community organizer. He's a native Spanish speaker who loves reading Latin American and Spanish literature in its original form. He's the author of two books, the short story collection Part the Hawser, Limn the Sea (a Lambda Literary Award finalist for best debut fiction), and the novel The Show House (named a Best Book of 2016 by Chicago Review of Books). He's a regular contributor of book recommendations to the LARB Radio Hour podcast. Sigue lo que está leyendo en Instagram () y visite danlopezauthor.com to learn more.
The AfroFuturism Book Club with Tyree Boyd-Pates
AfroFuturism is a vast, forward-looking movement with solid roots in the past. Though it spans art, music, theory - everything - we read new fiction.
Tyree Boyd-Pates is a history curator, professor, writer, speaker, and influencer, with a passion for Black history, social justice, and community organizing. Boyd-Pates received his Master's Degree in Africana Studies with an emphasis in Religion from Temple University. An avid lover and proponent of Black culture and digital engagement, Tyree founded his own radio show, The Corner, and launched his blog, TyreeBP.com, fusing his love for race, faith, culture, and politics.
Tyree Boyd-Pates has worked as a professor at California State University Dominguez Hills and Pacific Oaks College. He has written for publications, such as The Huffington Post, Yes! Magazine, Fusion and has been featured in the LA Times, Ebony Magazine, and more. He recently delivered a TED Talk at TEDxCrenshaw on Black Male Achievement and serves as a mentor for young men of color with the California Endowment’s Brother, Sons, Selves initiative.
Tyree was the History Curator and Program Manager for the California African American Museum, where he opened No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992 – an in-depth exploration of the historical events that led up to the 1992 LA Uprising and How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles. Recently, he joined the Gene Autry Museum as Curator of Western history. He’s also the co-founder of the start-up Black Book LA.
Gothic Books Club with John Palisano
Ye olde Gothic worms its way into many genres and art forms, from horror to architecture to shoes. The books - old and new - have a lasting allure. Everlasting.
Author John Palisano has a pair of books with Samhain Publishing, DUST OF THE DEAD, and GHOST HEART. NERVES is available through Bad Moon. STARLIGHT DRIVE: FOUR HALLOWEEN TALES was released in time for Halloween, and his first short fiction collection ALL THAT WITHERS is available from Cycatrix press, celebrating over a decade of short story highlights. NIGHT OF 1,000 BEASTS is now available.
He won the Bram Stoker Award© in short fiction in 2016 for “Happy Joe’s Rest Stop”. More short stories have appeared in anthologies from Cemetery Dance, PS Publishing, Independent Legions, DarkFuse, Crystal Lake, Terror Tales, Lovecraft eZine, Horror Library, Bizarro Pulp, Written Backwards, Dark Continents, Big Time Books, McFarland Press, Darkscribe, Dark House, Omnium Gatherum, and more.
Non-fiction pieces have appeared in BLUMHOUSE, FANGORIA and DARK DISCOVERIES magazines.
He is currently serving as the President of the Horror Writers Association.