Evening Books Interest Group
The Evening Books Interest group has been meeting for over 25 years! Because so many members participate, we have twice-a-month discussions, reading two different books each month. Members are welcome to attend either, both, or neither discussion each month. No RSVP is expected.
We rely on participants to sign up to host, moderate, or bring refreshments for each discussion.. Please review the above list and let Elizabeth Mandel (Evening Books Interest Group coordinator) know where you can help out.
How We Are Organized
We typically meet on the first and third Monday of each month, 7:00 until 9:00-9:30 pm. The location varies among a few members’ homes…those with adequate parking. We also take (very approximate) turns moderating and bringing refreshments (one person brings wine, another light refreshments). The host provides non-alcoholic drinks and utensils. A moderator leads the discussion.
Book Selection Process
We choose books by woman authors, alternating each month between fiction and non-fiction. So each month we will read either two fiction books or two non-fiction books. We try to pick only books that are already out in paperback, and we typically choose six months’ of books at a time.
There are also a couple of months where we only meet once (on the second or third Monday) and we DON’T discuss books. In December, we have a party, with a potluck and wrapped book exchange. In July, we share recommendations of books we have read outside of books discussed in the book group, and we may bring books to loan to others (or donate to the Friends of the MH Library). In July and December, we also select the books for the upcoming months.
Do you have a book recommendation? Send it at any time to Elizabeth Mandel (Evening Books Interest Group coordinator) and we’ll add it to our list for consideration when we select our next batch of books.
Members typically use e-readers, borrow books from the library, or purchase books. BookSmart (in Morgan Hill) stocks our upcoming selections (they keep a stack of upcoming AAUW titles on a shelf near the best sellers to the left as you enter the book store. If you mention that you are buying a book for an AAUW book club discussion, they will give you 10% off.