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As the weather turns colder, it’s inevitable that your desire to curl up with a good book grows stronger. But what if there’s no one to talk to about the twist at the end of the thriller you just finished, or the minute details of the political biography you’re slogging through? D.C. residents have it easy, with an immense number of book clubs and discussion groups that offer them the chance to discuss the written word, in all its varieties, with strangers of a similar mind. Whether you’re interested in fiction from halfway around the world or thickly bound volumes on contemporary events, there’s a group for you somewhere in the metro area.
If you’re interested in Europe’s next great novel, try…
Contemporary German Fiction at the Goethe-Institut Washington
Where/when: 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03, the third Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
Recent Reads: Measuring the World (Die Vermessung der Welt) by Daniel Kehlmann
If you think book clubs are only for suburban moms, try…
Twentythirtysomething Book Club at Mad Fox Tap Room
Where/when: 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m.
Recent Reads: The Clasp by Sloane Crosley
If you want your books to focus on toppling the patriarchy, try…
Lez Read at Politics & Prose
Where/when: 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, the second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m.
Recent Reads: Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
If you want to pair your book with a snack, try…
Voracious: A Foodie Book Club
Where/when: Various times and locations, see the group’s page on meetup.com for details
Recent Reads: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
If you want to read and talk en francais, try…
French Book Discussion Group at Bethesda Library
Where/when: 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, the fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m.
Recent Reads: Une Promesse by Sorj Chalandon
If you want to keep your subjects hyper local, try…
District Reads at Politics & Prose
Where/when: 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, second Sunday of the month, 5 p.m.
Recent Reads: D.C. Noir, edited by George Pelecanos
If you like pictures accompanying the text, try…
Graphic Novel Book Club at Southwest Library
Where/when: 900 Wesley Place SW, fourth Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m.
Recent Reads: Ms. Marvel by Willow Wilson