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The Hillside Fiction Book Group is composed of approximately ten dedicated readers who participate in a monthly discussion of literary fiction. We are committed to a careful reading of each book, readiness to participate, and regular attendance.

Discussion is open and informal, with an implicit contract to share the floor and respect and invite the views of others.

Hillside Fiction Book Group 

1st Tuesday of every Month

The Hillside Book Group meets once a month, online via Google Meet, to discuss a work of fiction – usually a novel, usually written within the last 50 years. We expand our literary horizons by reading books that none of us have read before.


Recent selections include: Hiromi Kawakami, Strange Weather in Tokyo (2012); Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (1977); Gary Indiana, Do Everything in the Dark (2003); Tatyana Tolstaya, The Slynx (2000); Jenny Erpenbeck, The Visitation (2010). Some of our upcoming selections are: Carlo Emilio Gadda, That Awful Mess in the Via Merulana (1957); Ali Smith, Autumn (2017); Peter Stamm, Seven Years (2011); Lisa Ko, The Leavers (2017).

We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 5 pm PST. We socialize for a few minutes as people arrive online, then we talk for an hour to an hour and a half about the book and about the experience of reading. Our group began as a conventional face-to-face book club at the Hillside Club, but moved online during the pandemic. Because we meet online, our members are dispersed around the US (hence the early meeting time). Our current membership stands at 7 (1 man, 6 women) – down from a pre-pandemic roster of 10. We are looking to expand our membership, and we would be especially happy to recruit more men. If you are interested in joining us, you can get in touch by sending an email to Katherine Flegal:

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Now forming a Non-Fiction Book Club, Organizing Meeting on July 18th at 7pm

Do you like to read about the immense world we live in, about the history of the 60s, about the state of affairs in Iran, about the development of AI, or the sociology of people living in different areas of the United States? Then this book club may be for you.

We are looking for 6-8 new members to form a nonfiction book club. The club will meet in person once a month, likely early Thursday evenings.

Books will be chosen by voting on participant suggestions. We will have an organizational meeting Tuesday July 18th in the garden in the backyard of the Hillside Club at 7pm.

If you are interested contact Ellen at or Anne Boersma at

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