3 Queer Book Clubs in NYC You'll Be Proud to Join

The idea of a book club can be daunting. But, they also act as a good excuse to read if you have trouble actually picking up a book instead of just saying you will get to it eventually. Book clubs are a great regimented way to keep you reading and involved in the book community. They almost always work better when based around a specific topic that interests you. For LGBTQ+ book worms in New York, there are many ways and places to get involved in the world of queer literature. Here are just three queer book clubs throughout the …

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The idea of a book club can be daunting. But, they also act as a good excuse to read if you have trouble actually picking up a book instead of just saying you will get to it eventually. Book clubs are a great regimented way to keep you reading and involved in the book community. They almost always work better when based around a specific topic that interests you. For LGBTQ+ book worms in New York, there are many ways and places to get involved in the world of queer literature. Here are just three queer book clubs throughout the city for members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies.
 

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  1. Bluestockings Queer Book Club 

Bluestockings is a radical, volunteer-based book club in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They carry everything from zines to biographies to journals all served with a cup of coffee and a vegan pastry. Bluestockings hosts multiple events every month, including their Queer Book Club, which meets every third Saturday of the month at 2 PM. Upcoming books include Giovanni’s Room by James Joyce and Kindred by Octavia Butler. Bluestockings hosts other book clubs on topics such as feminist books or radical young adult fiction. To join, email [email protected] to get started on your queer literature journey.
 


 
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2. Book Culture Queer Book Club 
Book Culture’s four locations throughout the city host their own series of book clubs on unique subjects such as an all essay book club and another on contemporary poetry. Their queer sector, however, meets on the second Sunday of every month at 5 PM. Most book clubs are currently on hiatus over the summer, but to join for the fall, email [email protected] In the meantime, catch up on some of the club’s past picks: Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller or Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel.
 

 
3. Lesbian Book Club NYC 
Meeting every second Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at Chelsea Square Restaurant, the Lesbian Book Club of NYC caters to a more niche audience within the queer community. All of their upcoming gatherings and books to read can be found on meet-up.com. In the past, the group has discussed titles such as Carol by Patricia Highsmith and The Gilda Stories by Jewelle L. Gomez.
 
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If you don’t live in New York or another big city where queer book clubs exist, don’t despair. Any of the titles mentioned can be perfect starting points to start your own queer book club wherever you are, even if the only members are you and your cat that sits at your feet. Good Reads also has a whole shelf dedicated to popular queer book club titles, so that queer literature and its spread and discussion may persist in all places for all people all of the time.
 
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