Book Clubs

Do you love discussing a good book with a friend? If so, please visit one of Seymour Library’s book clubs. Upcoming meeting times and book selections are listed below. Feel free to come to a book club meeting even if you didn’t make it all the way through the book.

Coffee and Crime focuses on mysteries and crime fiction. One author or series is chosen for each meeting and members pick any title to read. The club meets the second Tuesday of the month at noon. Topics are chosen at each meeting for the upcoming month.

February 14, noon: the Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, mystery series by Elly Griffiths

March 14, noon: to be determined


The Jane Austen Book Club explores Jane Austen’s classics, as well as contemporary spins offs, to celebrate our Year of Austen. The club meets the third Tuesday of each month at noon.

February 17, noon: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennett’s early determination to dislike Mr. Darcy is a prejudice only matched by his arrogant pride.

March 21, noon: Longbourn by Jo Baker. A reimagining of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” from the perspectives of its below-stairs servants captures the drama of the Bennet household from the sideline viewpoint of Sarah, an orphaned housemaid.


History Book Club reads nonfiction that focuses on history. The group meets the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m.

February 18, 11 a.m.: bring your favorite book and discuss!

March 18, 11 a.m.: Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James McPherson. Focuses on the military campaigns, including strategy and logistics, military leaders, and common soldiers.


Read More Book Club at Prison City Pub and Brewery, our evening group, picks titles in support of the library’s reading challenge. The club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m at Prison City Pub and Brewery, 28 State St., Auburn.

February 22, 7 p.m.: a book with a one word title

March 22, 7 p.m.: a Western


Coffee and Conversation reads a wide assortment of books, fiction and nonfiction, and meets the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

February 23, 10:30 a.m.: Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen. Struggling to support her family in mid-19th-century New York, writer Frances Osgood makes an unexpected connection with literary master Edgar Allan Poe and finds her survival complicated by her intense attraction to the writer and the scheming manipulations of his wife.

March 30, 10:30 a.m.: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth is the story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all.


Previous book club picks


the Joe Gunther mystery series by Archer Mayor

Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman. The author gives readers a complete biography of both Jane Austen and her lasting cultural influence.

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist leads readers on a high-spirited, revealing journey through the Old South, tangling with the forces of white rage, rebel grit, and regional pride in places where the Civil War is more than a memory.

a mystery

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. The book presents an oral history of the dust storms that devastated the Great Plains during the Depression, following several families and their communities in their struggle to persevere despite the devastation.