Read On! Books & Brews – 5 Years

March 1, 2023

Your Pryor Library started our Books & Brews book club at The Fat Toad Brewing Company in March of 2018. Our first meeting was an informational meeting where we let everyone know what our first discussion book would be (“The Reader” by Traci Chee), and how each book club meeting would be structured. We would love for you to join us this Saturday March 4, 2023 from 1 – 3 to help us celebrate our anniversary!

This month, we’ll be discussing “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt. This is a gentle book that explores friendship and family through the eyes of Tova, a 70-year-old widow, and Marcellus, an aging giant Pacific octopus who is, as the title suggests, remarkably bright. 

At this writing, I’m just over halfway finished with “Remarkably Bright Creatures” and am enjoying it very much. It’s a slower read than I usually choose, but the pace gives us time to get to know the characters and watch their relationships unfold. I get a feeling that sadness is in my future with this book, but I think it will be okay. At least, I hope I don’t sob.

While I plan to finish the book before we discuss it at our next Books & Brews Club meeting, even if I don’t, I’ll be welcome to attend. We visit, eat lunch, and hang out for the first hour with absolutely zero talk about the book. Then, in the second hour, we begin our book discussion. Some months the book discussion hour is as lively and fun as the visiting hour and other months, the book discussion lasts 10-15 minutes so we can get back to our visiting. 

This format, which is the one we started with, has been a good one for us. We have a nice mix of men and women who come to Books & Brews. We range in age from late 20s/early 30s to early 80s. Sometimes, our kids join us too. It’s a good group and we’d love to see you there!