La Playa Books currently offers two virtual book clubs, moderated and organized by our new book buyer, Mimi Hannan. One meets the first Monday of the month, in the evening (Wine & Conversation Book Club). The other meets the first Wednesday of the month in the mid-morning (New & Noteworthy Book Club). To find out more and join our bookclub mailing list, plase email Mimi directly at mimi at laplayabooks dot com (or click on the link)
Our Wine & Conversation Book Club meets the first Monday of the month on Zoom.
Our December meeting will be held Monday, December 5th at 6pm. The January meeting will be held Monday, January 2nd at 6pm.
Please see your book club email before the meeting date for details on how to join in via Zoom.
Our New & Noteworthy Book Club meets the first Wednesday of the month on Zoom.
Our October meeting will be held Wednesday, December 7th at 11am.
Please see your book club email before the meeting date for details on how to join in via Zoom. For discussion August 3rd:
If you're interested in titles our book clubs have read over the past few years, please visit our special Book Club Reading List for a list of titles. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Brooks’ chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Horse isn’t just an animal story—it’s a moving narrative about race and art.” —TIME
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 BOOKER PRIZE
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"Missionaries is a courageous book: It doesn’t shy away, as so much fiction does, from the real world.” —Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The New York Times Book Review
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