Silent Reading and Book Clubs Host Holiday Events This Month

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: Literary Issue: December 2016
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Illustration by Pete PetriskoIf it’s true that “silence is golden,” then the trend of “silent reading clubs” around the Valley is rich indeed. The idea of people showing up at a bar or a coffee shop with books and simply sitting and quietly reading together has its appeal, especially considering how much “information” we’re barraged with these days. This month, two local silent reading groups are hosting events – and one is breaking the silence.

On Wednesday, December 14, the Silent Reading Club will gather at 6 p.m. at the Grand Central Coffee Company for its regular event the second Wednesday of every month. This month’s event deviates from the silent tradition, as hosts Pete Petrisko and Stacey Champion will read aloud the children’s classic, “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

“We chose ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ because it’s a timeless holiday tale about how loves makes things real, not knowing how timely that message would become after the recent Presidential election,” Petrisko says.

On December 26, the Silent Book Club will meet for “Introverts Happy Hour” at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix. Happy hour will be extended until 7 p.m. at the store’s First Draft Book Bar. Participants are encouraged to bring a book (or buy one at 15 percent off) and read for an hour alongside fellow book lovers.

Admission to both events is free. Visit and for more information.

(Illustration by Pete Petrisko)