Your Club in Lights: The Georgetown-Based “Doesn’t Have an Official Name” Book Club

  • June 12, 2014

A look at an interesting book club and how they do what they do.


Your club’s name: We don’t have an official name for our book club, but our unofficial motto is: “We read wine labels and books.”

Location: Georgetown in Washington, DC.

How long you’ve been around: Since January 2012.

Members: 10.

Book you’re currently reading: The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs by Dana Bate.

Book you last read: I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman.

Book that’s up next: Beth Harbison’s Always Something There to Remind Me.

Since your inception, the book that has generated the strongest (good, bad, or otherwise) reaction: The List by Karin Tanabe. It was so dishy, and we had a blast trying to figure out the nonfiction behind the fiction since Karin was a Politico reporter. Karin and her book were so irresistible, she is now a regular member of our book club.

The secret to your club’s success: Since we read DC-based stories and/or authors (alternating between fiction and nonfiction), we’ve had almost every selected author come to our club and answer our questions in a much more intimate environment. We’ve had, among others, Carolyn Parkhurst, Howard Norman, Mary Kay Zuravleff, Jane Stanton Hitchcock, Sarah Blake, and, of course, Karin Tanabe, grace our club, and their visits provide a much deeper reading of the books. Not to mention, we love getting such personalized inscriptions in our books! 

(Answers provided by Cathy Alter, author of Up for Renewal and Virgin Territory.)

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