The room was abuzz with chatter, punctuated by laughter and the occasional juicy tidbit of gossip when members of “The Book Club” met for their monthly get-together last summer.
“It’s actually just called “Book Club,” but we added the ‘the’ because it sounds more professional,” joked long-time member Leah Muirhead.
Ranging in age from their late-twenties to their early-thirties (the oldest is 34), the all-girl’s group has been getting together for the past two or so years to talk about books.
It’s an informal group – you don’t have to have read the book in order to come, as long as you’re prepared to hear the others talk about the ending, and they can’t actually put a finger on how many members they have.
“There’s generally about eight at each meeting, but not always the same eight. There’s probably about 10 in the core group but there are others who come and go,” said founder Emma Miller.
Emma started the group after she moved to Kelowna from Ontario. While her and her husband made some couple friends in the area, she really missed real female bonding over a glass of wine. So, she started The Book Club (or Book Club).
And bond they do, over wedding plans or pregnancy news, wine recommendations and fashion.
And then there’s the book. During the Pear Tree’s visit, they were discussing The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen.
There’s no theme to the books they choose, although they’ve tried a variety of monthly themes in the past – including Harlequin Romance, classic literature, and back to school (even though none of them are in school). One month they tried everyone reading a different book and then reporting back on it at the meeting.
In addition to moving the club from house to house each month (no assignments – just whoever randomly wants to step up to the plate next gets to), they’ve tried meeting at a restaurant and, once, going to a movie.
Nibblies are potluck, and everyone brings an opinion of the book of the month, and gets a turn to speak their mind.
Of all the book clubs The Pear Tree has visited this year, this was the most technologically advanced. Many of the members use Kindles or iPads or other e-book platforms to access the works, and they also have their own, private group on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the ‘who,’ ‘what,’ ‘when,’ ‘where’ and sometimes even ‘why.’