Having an independent bookstore in the neighborhood is a major perk for many residents. Unlike online or big box retailers, they can offer customers a curated experience and foster community. On Larchmont Blvd., Chevalier’s Books does just that through a monthly book club.
The club is simple. Each month, members pick a book and then meet for a loose, free-wheeling discussion facilitated by a staff member. Chevalier’s discounts the month’s selection 15 percent.
The book club has been running for a couple years, but Chevalier’s newest staff member, Drew Cole took over the reins in September. “It’s a great way for people to get together to discuss major characters and themes of a book,” he says.
In October, eleven club members met on a Tuesday night to discuss Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” Sitting in a circle, sharing a bottle of white wine, the group of book-lovers discussed censorship, destruction and a world in peril.
“In tonight’s discussion, everyone wanted to apply the book’s themes to today. But that won’t always be the case. Last month we were more focused on specific characters; the discussion depends on the nature of the book,” explained Cole after the club meeting.
Recent books have included R.K. Narayan’s “The Guide,” Philip Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” and Dave Eggers’ “A Hologram for the King.”
This month, the club is reading Hannah Kent’s “Burial Rites.” It’s not too late to join.
To learn more, visit chevaliersbooks.com or call 323-465-1334.