DMPL Book Clubs

DMPL Book Clubs

Join a book club at the Des Moines Public Library! All our locations have discussions each month. Check out the upcoming discussions below. Books may be picked up at the information desks of their respective libraries. Books & Bites books can be picked up at the Central Library.

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Gods and Jade and Shadow

Books & Bites

Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 PM | The Walnut (1417 Walnut Street)

Gods of Jade and Shadow, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore

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Miss Benson's Beetle

South Side Book Discussion

Thursday, January 19, 2 PM | South Side Library

Miss Benson's Beetle, by Rachel Joyce

From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an uplifting, irresistible novel about two women on a life-changing adventure, where they must risk everything, break all the rules, and discover their best selves - together.

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Cemetery Boys

YA for Adults Book Club

Thursday, January 19, 6 PM | Central Library

Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas

A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave.

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The Lincoln Highway

East Side Book Discussion Group

Monday, January 23, 2 PM | East Side Library

The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles

The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America.

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Girlhood

Forest Avenue Book Discussion

Monday, January 23, 6 PM | Forest Avenue Library

Girlhood, by Melissa Febos

A gripping set of stories about the forces that shape girls and the adults they become. A wise and brilliant guide to transforming the self and our society.

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Think Again

Books That Will Change Your Life: A Nonfiction Book Club

Wednesday, January 25, 6 PM | Central Library

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know, by Adam Grant

The bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.

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Introvert Book Club

Introverts Book Club

Tuesday, January 31, 6:30 PM | North Side Library

Love books and hate talking to people? Join like-minded readers as we sit quietly and read. Discussion optional and icebreakers forbidden. Bring your own book. 

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Love in Color

Reading on the Margins Book Discussion

Thursday, February 9, 6:30 PM | Franklin Avenue Library

Love in Color, by Bolu Babalola

In her debut collection, internationally acclaimed writer Bolu Babalola retells the most beautiful love stories from history and mythology with incredible new detail and vivacity. Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, Babalola also reimagines Greek myths, ancient legends from the Middle East, and stories from long-erased places.

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All That She Carried

Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion

Monday, February 13, 1 PM | Franklin Avenue Library

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake, by Tiya Miles

A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft a deeply layered and insightful testament to people who are left out of the archives.

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The Secrets We Kept

Books & Bites

Tuesday, February 14, 6:30 PM | The Walnut (1417 Walnut Street)

The Secrets We Kept, by Lara Prescott

A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.

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Read Dangerously

South Side Book Discussion

Thursday, February 16, 2 PM | South Side Library

Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times, by Azar Nafisi

The New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns with a guide to the power of literature in turbulent times, arming readers with a resistance reading list, ranging from James Baldwin to Zora Neale Hurston to Margaret Atwood.

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Sigh Gone

North Side Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 21, 2 PM | North Side Library

Sigh, Gone, by Puch Tran

For anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong, Sigh, Gone shares an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with poignant themes from beloved works of classic literature.

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How to Be an Antiracist

Books That Will Change Your Life: A Nonfiction Book Club

Wednesday, February 22, 6 PM | Central Library

How to Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a groundbreaking approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society--and in ourselves.

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Secret Lives of Church Ladies

East Side Book Discussion

Monday, February 27, 2 PM | East Side Library

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, by Deesha Philyaw

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church's double standards and their own needs and passions.

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Seek You

Forest Avenue Book Discussion

Monday, February 27, 6 PM | Forest Avenue Library

Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness, by Kristen Radke

From the acclaimed author of Imagine Wanting Only This-- a timely and moving meditation on isolation and longing, both as individuals and as a society.

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Introvert Book Club

Introverts Book Club

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 PM | North Side Library

Love books and hate talking to people? Join like-minded readers as we sit quietly and read. Discussion optional and icebreakers forbidden. Bring your own book. 

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