BYO Book Club
May to October
I love reading and I love book clubs...well, I love the idea of a book club. But often it doesn't quite work out as planned. Maybe you ran out of time to read the book, or maybe you just hated it. It happens! I get it!
"Bring Your Own Book" means you get to choose the book every month based on what YOU want to read, not the consensus of the group.
What else should you bring?
Lawn chair or camping chair
Non-alcoholic drink + personal snacks
Blanket (please dress for the weather)
Mask (non-surgical is fine)
Why "bring your own"?
The "hand sell"
When we meet for the "discussion" part of the Book Club, now is your chance
to "hand sell" the book to the group! Tell us a bit about the plot (what the book is about), why you like it, and why you think other folks might like it. Out of respect for the diversity of the group, please come prepared with Content Notes and Trigger Warnings. If you need help with this, please let me know!
In-person meetups are hosted in the park behind Ritchie Community League. There is a parking lot beside the hall, with a ramp to access the sidewalk leading into the park. There is no ASL interpreter at this time. If you have a vision impairment and need assistance finding the group once on site, please let me know ahead of time and I will give you my cell phone number to call once you arrive.
Event Rundown for anxiety preparation:
- Land Acknowledgement
- Introductions (for example: "Hi my name is Lisa, I use she/her pronouns and my favourite book genre is SFF")
- Each attendee will have the opportunity to say a few words about their chosen book; you may pass when it gets to your turn (just say "I'll pass thanks!")
- Time for smaller group/1-on-1 chats
- I will ask each attendee to say which book they want to read next; again, you may pass when it gets to your turn
- I will say goodnight and wish everyone safe travels home
We will always follow the Alberta Health Services Guidelines for public outdoor gatherings. That being said, I have also put together the following "Pandemic Precautions". If you have specific requests or questions that aren't addressed below, please get in touch!
Outdoor meetup allowing for appropriate physical distancing
Maximum 10 people
Everyone brings their own drinks (non-alcoholic) and snacks - no sharing!
Attendance is taken to allow for "contact tracing"