13 Nashville Book Clubs to Check Out

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Joining a local book club is not only an opportunity to explore the best of the literary world, but it’s also a great way to meet new friends and engage in thoughtful discussions. Whether you’re looking for a group that shares your love of true crime or people you can count on to recommend your next beach read, Nashville has a wide variety of book clubs — and everyone is welcome!

13 book clubs to check out in Nashville

NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS

If you are an avid reader, the Nashville Public Library is probably familiar to you – but did you know that NPL offers a variety of book clubs around Nashville? From sci-fi stories to classic literature, you’re sure to find a club you’ll love. Here are a handful of unique NPL-based book clubs to consider.

The Nashville Public Library has been listed as one of the most beautiful libraries in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. Image: Facebook

Books and beers

2952 Sidco Dr., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 862-5800

Enter Black Abbey Brewery one Saturday a month to enjoy a discussion around a book and a pint of beer. There is no defined gender for Books and beers – authors and categories change every month, and you can expect everything from science fiction to adult memoirs and historical novels.

Killer Thrillers

615 Church St. Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 862-5800

Interested in reading horror stories of murder and revenge? Then the Murder Thriller Book Club is for you. On the first Thursday of the month, head to the Nashville Public Library at noon for classic and contemporary tales of murder and mayhem.

Next Chapter Society Book Club

Various locations throughout Nashville

At 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month, join the NCS Book Club for the chance to meet new friends and have long conversations. The location changes monthly, allowing you to explore new areas of Nashville while immersing yourself in different novels. Some future books include Rise of Malibu by Taylor Jenkins Reid and children of the earth by Marcelo Hernandez. For more information, visit nplf.org.

Shakespeare authorized!

615 Church St. Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 862-5800

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare and leave your personal life at home, thanks to Shakespeare authorized! With a new play every month, get ready for tons of literary stimulation…the Shakespearian way. Visit nashvilleshakes.org for more information.

Book club in bites

2730 Lebanon Pk. B, Nashville, TN 37214 • (615) 862-5859

To Phat Bites at Donelson on the second Tuesday of every month, you can join discussions on some of today’s best news, courtesy of Book club in bites. Aimed at those with busy schedules, it’s a great club to join without requiring too much reading time at home.

Shapeshifters, demons and fairies, oh my! Reading Club

2315 Lebanon Pk., Nashville, TN 37214 • (615) 862-5859

For those who want to get away from reality for a bit, head to the Books and beers held on the second Thursday of each month for Shapeshifters, demons and fairies, oh my! Reading Club and dive into the world of shapeshifters, demons, fairies and beyond. Revolving around “creature-centric books,” you’re in a club that takes mythical creatures to a new level.

To find more information about these and the many other Nashville Public Library Book Clubs, visit library.nashville.org.

INDEPENDENT LOCAL BOOK CLUBS

The National Public Library isn’t the only way to find great book clubs in Music City. From public Facebook groups to beloved independent stores like Books of Parnassushere are seven other notable options to pique your interest!

The Parnassus Book Club

3900 Hillsboro Park, Ste. 14, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 953-2243

Led by a former English teacher, the Parnassus Book Club is free! Held the third week of the month, there are multiple meeting sessions to fit your schedule. Head to Greenbriar Village for in-depth discussions of a carefully curated selection of fiction and non-fiction. For more information, visit parnassusbooks.net.

Parnassus Classics Club

3900 Hillsboro Park, Ste. 14, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 953-2243

Do you like the classics? You’re lucky. Parnassus Books also offers a book club focused on books written before 1970. Join this club on the fourth Tuesday of every two months for an in-depth discussion of classic literature. For more information, visit parnassusbooks.net.

The chandelier

210 Louise Ave., Elliston Pl. Nashville, Tennessee 37203

The Gloss Book Club meets once a month to discuss a variety of book genres, connecting women with shared literary interests. It’s a way to discover new books, new friends, and maybe even enjoy a glass of wine while you chat! Visit the website for more information regarding the book of the month and the meeting location. For more information, visit theglossbookclub.com or join the Facebook group.

The Nashville Book Club

Various locations throughout Nashville

If you want a casual book club that lets you choose your own books, this is the one! The Nashville Book Club is an online Facebook group where members can share their favorite reads, followed by open discussions and a few annual get-togethers. For more information, visit facebook.com.

In other worlds

1043 W Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 485-5420

The book store is a quaint but well-stocked bookstore located in East Nashville. Open for more than 20 years, it now hosts several book clubs that meet monthly at Hannah Bee Coffee nearby. One of them, In other worlds, is for all lovers of science fiction and fantasy. This month’s meeting takes place on Saturday, August 20 at 4 p.m. The selection of books is The walk of the perilous tombs by Alex Jennings. All you have to do is buy the book at La Librairie to register!

The book was better

1043 W Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 485-5420

Hanna Bee Coffee hosts another club from The Bookshop, “The book was betterand it’s the perfect choice for those who love the “movie versus book” debate. Features of this month deep waters by Patricia Highsmith, and the meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 13 at 4 p.m. As an added incentive, bookstore shopping is available after the meeting, and book club members receive 10% off purchases!

The summer of self-discovery

1043 W Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 485-5420

We may be nearing the end of summer, but there’s still time to participate in the The summer of self-discovery! Ideal for those who want to spend their summer days reading by the beach or by the pool, you can do that in spades, thanks to The Bookshop. In June, July and August, you can buy the book of the month (August is Set limits, find peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab) and join a great discussion (this month is Sunday, August 28 at 4 p.m.). If there is only a little time left to enjoy this club, you can always mark your calendar for 2023!

Good reading!

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