BooksThe Midtown Book Group @ Barnes & Noble/Georgia Tech will celebrate 10 years of community reading, discussion, and literary events on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. The group’s 121st book selection is the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

“In 10 years and 120 titles, there have been winners and losers, stinkers and the sublime,” says group coordinator Sherri Caldwell. “Books everyone loved, books everyone hated, and every combination in-between… which makes for great conversations.”

The Midtown Book Group is actively involved in the literary community and both sponsors and participates in many special events, including hosting authors and book signings at Barnes & Noble, movie screenings, field trips and participating in literacy events with the Atlanta History Center, Decatur Book Festival and National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program.

Midtown Book Group was established in September 2006, and is sponsored by Midtown Neighbors’ Association, Barnes & Noble, and Midtown Alliance.

“We are a diverse group of Midtown neighbors and book lovers who enjoy meeting for always-lively conversation, with typically 10 to 15 members attending each month,” Caldwell said. “We welcome visitors and new members to all of our meetings and special events.”

Caldwell says group members range from twenty-somethings to professionals and students to work-at-home moms.

“We often read new and different titles, in many genres, based on critical acclaim or member recommendations,” Caldwell says. “We discuss monthly themes and book suggestions at each meeting and then vote in an online poll to make the selections up to three months in advance.”

The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble/Georgia Tech at 48 Fifth Street NW – upstairs by the fireplace.

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page.

Midtown Book Group – Fall 2016 Schedule:

Sept. 14  – “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Oct. 12  – “In a Dark, Dark Wood” by Ruth Ware

Nov. 9  – “Silver Sparrow” by Tayari Jones * NEA Big Read *

Dec. 14, – “Skipping Christmas: A Novel” by John Grisham

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.