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The Odyssey Bookshop currently hosts five 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 6pm. Since the store will officially close at 6:00, please arrive a few minutes early to purchase your books. 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. Note: Even though the store is closed, we will still meet at 7:00 p.m.. However, you must use the upstairs (College Street) entrance, as the ground floor entrance (parking lot) will be locked. In addition, if you wish to buy the book for the subsequent month (at the regular club discount), please bring a check. It's the only kind of payment that can be accepted during off-hours at the store. 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., on the College Street/upper level of the store. Please use the side door to enter the bookshop as the group meets before the store opens. The Shakespeare Club is on summer hiatus and will resume in September with Henry VIII
Young Adult Book Group for Adults reads one paperback young adult book each month.The discussion will be lead by Ann Childs, a children’s book reviewer, literary critic, and the manager of Odyssey's Gift of Reading Program. The club typically meets the second thursday of the month at 6pm.
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. The Active Citizens Book Group will be on hiatus for July, and will return August 28th with One Nation Under God by Kevin Kruse
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.