New friends through books

19 Sep

Your love of books can help you discover new choices or share chit-chat online through social booksites like, or, but actual, real friends–ones you can argue and laugh with–might come through a book group. The Thrifty Bon Vivant is thinking of this upcoming Cleveland Public Library idea, which is less constant than a book club,  but still intriguing–the “Start a Great Series” series.  It could even help you if you’ve given up HBO (future post), because you could give fans of Game of Thrones intriguing hints about the future of their series, for example. Take that, watercooler crowd!

But this is a great idea–some are over, but Sept. 22 means a noon discussion in the Popular Library as CPL on Sept. 22 for a lure into Walter Mosley’s new Leonid McGill series. And if you loved his old detective Easy Rawlins, a black WWII vet negotiating LA, how could you resist this lure? October 6 at noon brings Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, set in a sci-fi world after the US has ceased to be a nation, as well as Kimberla Lawson Roby’s Reverend Curtis Black series, all about corruption and temptation within the black church. November will bring the plot-twisty Myron Bolitar series of mystery writer Harlan Coben (Nov. 3) and the Dresden Files series of Jim Butcher, which is a fantasy/magic investigative series, a sort of Harry Potter for adults.

And then take your discussion across the street for a cup of coffee in the Old Arcade. So grim looking on the outside, so gorgeous and Belle Epoque inside. Sit and chat or write for hours in one of Cleveland’s architectural gems (with a handy post office, too!).

interior of property across from Cleveland Public Library

Have lunch or a coffee before or after your Cleveland Public Library visit


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