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Ideas for Book Clubs

Movie, Theatre or DVD Book Club Night

Go as a group and watch the movie or play based on a book.

Examples:


Book: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Movie: The Namesake (2006)

Book: Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller
Movie: Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Movie: The Kite Runner (2007)

Screen the Video or DVD of a movie version of a book your club is discussing before you hold the meeting.

Examples:


Memoirs of a Geisha
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Good German

More lists of movies based on a book


Serve food at your Book Club meeting that relates to the book you are discussing or create the ambiance of the book.

Examples:


Discuss Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? - serve Indian food

Discuss The Dress Lodger - serve olde English food or food mentioned in the book, e.g. mead [wine], figs, oranges, plums, mincemeat

Discuss Like Water for Chocolate - serve Mexican food


Add touches to your meeting that reflect the book's setting.

Examples:


Play Hawaiian music and ocean sound CDs, turn up the temperature a bit and add a fan or two for a tropical setting.

Discuss Ella Minnow Pea and play a game of Scrabble.


Read a book on a particular theme and visit a local attraction.

Examples:


Read The Forest Lover and visit the Art Gallery of Ontario

Read The Law of Dreams and visit Ireland Park, Toronto's Irish famine memorial

Read The Lost Garden and visit the Toronto's Music Garden


Read one book in a series and screen the video version of the next book in the series.

Example:


Read Bridget Jones's Diary and watch Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason


Read a book in a different format.

Example:


Read a graphic novel (like Persepolis) or an adult comic book (like The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time) or listen to an audiobook and talk about the differences.


Read a humorous book and play a funny film.

Examples:


The Jane Austen Book Club (book) and Bride and Prejudice (film)
High Fidelity (book and film)


Select two books on a similar theme, setting, time period etc. and arrange for half of the Book Club members to read one book and half to read the other OR read the two together and compare and contrast.

Examples:


Children of Men and A Handmaid's Tale (both dystopias where fertility is a major theme)

Girl with a Pearl Earring and Girl in Hyacinth Blue (both based on a painting by Vermeer)

Truth and Beauty: a Friendship and Autobiography of a Face (biography and autobiography of Lucy Grealy, a writer with a facial disfigurement)