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The Odyssey Bookshop currently hosts six book clubs.
The Open Fiction Book Group reads one paperback novel a month and its discussions are led by local author Ellen Meeropol. The group typically meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Click here for a listing of dates and books.
The Crime Club reads one paperback mystery a month and its discussions are led by co-owner Neil Novik. The group typically meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Click here for a listing of dates and books.
The Shakespeare Club reads one play each month and its discussions are led by UMass Professor Arthur Kinney. The group typically meets the third Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. NOTE: The Shakespeare Club will not be meeting in July or August, but will be resuming in September with The Two Gentleman of Verona, and Cymbeline in October.
Young Adult Book Group for Adults reads one paperback young adult book each month.The discussion will be lead by Hannah Moushabeck, the Odyssey’s children’s department’s director and Ann Childs, a children’s book reviewer for Kirkus Magazine. The club typically meets the second thursday of the month at 6pm.
We are pleased to announce The Active Citizens Book Group! Join us to discuss current affairs in the US and around the world. Future topics will include the environment, racism, economic and gender inequality, and workers' rights. This group meets monthly on the last Sunday of the month, at 4pm. Due to Memorial Day weekend, we will meet on June 1 instead of May 25. This month, we are continuing our discussion of When a Heart Turns Rock Solid by Timothy Black.
Summer Fun Book Club for kids ages 8-14 reads one book bi-weekly from July 2nd through August 20th. Lead by one of our children’s booksellers, this book club will include thought provoking questions, free giveaways, fun activities and more! It meets bi-weekly, Wednesdays at 3pm.
All groups are open to the public and accepting new members. Book group books are available for purchase in the store and are 20% off for group members. *discount only applied in-store.
Book Group Discounts
The Odyssey offers 20% off book group selections, if you order five or more per title at least two weeks in advance of the date you need them, to be picked up and paid for by one person. The best way to place a book group discount order is to call the Odyssey at 413-534-7307 to speak to one of our booksellers. When the books come in, we’ll call the contact person and place the books behind the counter to be picked up. Please give us plenty of time, so we can have the books available – most groups like to have the books in hand a full month before the meeting at which they’ll be discussed.