This article talks through some of the most basic decisions in starting a book club, from understanding why you’re starting one to book selections, location, and organizing meeting times.
Why, when starting a book club, would anyone look further for advice than Oprah Winfrey?
The modern media icon’s own official book club has spent decades since its 1996 beginnings onThe Oprah Winfrey Show leading her devout audience to a total 70 bestselling titles she regards among the literary world’s most enlightening, personally fulfilling tomes. For all her club’s success, that’s not to say a thriving, lively book club can’t arise where more than two avid readers gather.
A healthy book club could be founded many ways, but there’s certainly a wise way to go about it.
If you’re opening your own book club, first ponder the identity you envision for it. Consider basic aspects such as what kind of people you welcome, how often you want to meet, how large you want your club to eventually be at its biggest, but most importantly, why you want to start it in the first place? Do you want to lead? Do you want leadership by committee?
If you know why joining or even leading a book club tickles your fancy, then you can also start thinking about what kind of dialogue your club will begin.
Think also about your literary preferences. This plays into understanding for yourself why you’re starting this book club in the first place. Your club could facilitate exploring many literary styles. It may be a gathering of devotees to one narrow genre, interest or author. This ties-in with considering whether you want a broad, diverse membership array of interests or a specialized gathering of like aficionados.