Keep your noggin nimble with summer reading opportunities at local libraries and bookstores.
Everyone knows the best beach read is a magazine (ahem). But after you finish your favorite monthly lifestyle publication, keep your summer reading going with these book clubs and reading challenges hosted by Valley bookshops and libraries.
The Valley’s premier independent bookstore hosts two book clubs – neither of which takes a summer hiatus, thank Ra. First Draft Book Club meets monthly in the Phoenix location’s bar, and members get 20 percent off club picks. The new Found in Translation book club also meets at the Phoenix location, and reads a novel in translation (a book originally written in another language and translated into English) every month. Summer selections for both clubs were undecided at press time; see website for schedule. Bring the kids to either location for a Summer Reading Passport, which rewards children for reading up to 45 books, with various prizes as they go.
Two locations, changinghands.com
The Poisoned Pen
Genre readers converge on The Poisoned Pen for its four book discussion groups. Coffee and Crime meets the second Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. and will be discussing Laura by Vera Caspary in June and Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal in July. Croak and Dagger meets the third Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. and will be reading Celine by Peter Heller for June (July and August choices TBD). Sci-Friday meets the third Friday of every month at 7 p.m. They’ll nerd out over Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft in June and The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones in July. Fans of noir fiction should join the Hardboiled Crime Club, which meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. They’ll discuss The High Window by Raymond Chandler in June and The Steam Pig by James McClure in July.
4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore
Fittingly for a shop that specializes in diverse titles, this summer Palabras debuts Diverse Discussions, a book club featuring authors of color. Read the inaugural pick, Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli, and vote for the next selection at the June 3 discussion. Palabras owner Rosie Magaña will offer a choice of three poetry options: Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith and There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker (meeting dates July 1 and15), with to-be-determined fiction discussions slated for August 5 and19.
1738 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Maricopa County Reads
This award-winning summer reading program launched in 2013 and is available at participating public libraries. It rewards readers with one point for every 20 minutes they read from June 1-August 1. At 500 points, children earn Peter Piper Pizza coupons, and adults earn Rubio’s coupons. At 1,000 points, all participants earn a free book of their choice. Children who have earned 1,000 points or more are entered for a chance to win one of 25 family memberships to Valley museums including the Arizona Science Center, Phoenix Art Museum and more.
Multiple locations, maricopacountyreads.org