Best Book Clubs In Washington DC

August 26, 2013 8:00 AM

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The diversity of the greater D.C. metropolitan area requires plentiful and eclectic book clubs to satisfy every curious and social local reader. Thankfully, the District boasts numerous unique book clubs of every variety. Whether you’re looking to talk politics or fiction, are a young professional looking for intellectual discussion among your peers or are a woman looking to become more active in feminist issues in the area, there is a book club for you. A variety of book clubs were previously acknowledged here: Best Book Clubs to Join in DC. This new list includes a few different choices for more specified book reading interests, so there is truly something for everyone. These book clubs represent the diversity of book clubs in the D.C. area.

20 Something Book Club
Barnes & Noble
2800 Clarendon Blvd., #500
Arlington, VA 22201

Listed on one of the most popular book-lover websites, the 20 Something Book Club is a private group for young professionals in the greater D.C. metropolitan area. Weekly meetings are held at the Clarendon Barnes & Noble on Mondays at 7 p.m. The group is private and new members must be permitted to join. Interested parties should contact the group moderator directly or apply to join the group directly on the website.

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DC NOW Book Club
Washington, DC 20004

The DC NOW Book Club welcomes all local feminists interested in meaningful dialogue on contemporary literature. The D.C. chapter of the national organization has a very active member base. The book club meets on a monthly basis on the fourth Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some recent books discussed by the club include “How to be a Woman” by Caitlin Moran, “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky” by Heidi W. Durrow and “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg. The book club operates through the DC NOW website and a specified Google Group, but interested feminist readers should contact

Evening Fiction Book Club
Politics & Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-1919

Politics & Prose is the one of the area’s most well-known bookstores and has been recognized as the leading local source for political literature — quite an achievement in the land of politics on Capitol Hill. The bookstore offers many specialized book clubs for all kinds of interests. But the Evening Fiction Book Club is the oldest of the book clubs and possibly the best-established. The group consists of about 25 to 40 active readers meeting monthly on the second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Interested parties should visit the website and mark their calendar for the next meeting. 

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Metro DC Book Club
Elephant and Castle
1201 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004

This meetup group boasts over 1,100 members. New members are welcome to join anytime and the group is continuously growing. The group likes variety in its books and discussions. Recent book discussions include “Brave New World” by Aldus Huxley, “A Kiss Before Dying” by Ira Levin and “Primary Colors” by Anonymous. The group meets monthly usually on the last Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at changing locations throughout the District. Interested parties should click to join the group on the meetup website.

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The Sci-fi and Fantasy Book Club
Alexandria, VA

The Sci-fi and Fantasy Book Club welcomes all local sci-fi junkies interested in casual dialogue on sci-fi and fantasy literature. The group’s philosophy is just to have fun with other sci-fi enthusiasts. As such, group meetings are not formally structured and can range from comparing novels, characters and plots to focusing on in-depth conversation on a particular story. The group is also fond of convening for game night and other sci-fi/fantasy-related entertainment. The book club meets regularly on weekends. See the meetup site for details, and any interested readers should contact the group directly on the site.

Kayleigh Bryant is a D.C. native, traveler, foodie, artist and frequent museum visitor. Her lifelong fascination with art has moved her to explore the themes, techniques and media artists have employed to express their ideas. Kayleigh has earned a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Her work can be found on

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