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Book Club Comrades – Back to In-Person Book Discussions / Adventures – “Turning Up the Summer Heat” Series

August 12, 2021 | Compassion

As the summer started heating up, so did our book club events...

We took Michigan by storm in mid July and kicked off the weekend with a cocktail soiree at The Boulevard Inn & Bistro in St. Joseph, Michigan. We could not have asked for a more gorgeous venue to celebrate the launch of our Family Book Club Book Boxes / Subscriptions for little ones and young adults and our Book Club Tastings, Subscriptions and Boxes for grown-ups! Not only was the space beautiful, but the balcony overlooked Lake Michigan, so we could truly toast to an expansive future for New Book Joy with our dedicated book clubbers

On Saturday, we dove right into deep talks of friendship, family life and coming of age during a Book Club discussion with Viola Shipman (Wade Rouse) about his book, The Clover Girls.

We concluded that this was the perfect summer read and we were very lucky to have this author virtually join us in Michigan, where the book takes place. We did not want the conversation with Wade to end!

As if that wasn’t enough of a treat, our book clubbers were FINALLY able to enjoy wine tastings in person with Adam McBride at our pop-up at Hickory Creek Winery, where we paired a crisp and refreshing Wine Tasting Flight with our summertime story.

At the end of July, we hosted two Zoom book discussions (two different books that we’re keeping a secret until we can share them in our Book Club Tasting Subscriptions) and one more in-person pop-up event that included a discussion about The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig.

To compliment this dark and whimsical, thought-provoking tale, our mixologist, Shelby, made several MAGIC cocktails (one even changes color!), and our culinary creator, Jessica, made an assortment of appetizers that paired perfectly with the book. Guests even got to take-away small complimentary mixer-bottles of Shelby’s homemade simple-syrups to keep the party going at home (till Midnight, perhaps?)!

Book lovers were also able to shop for perfectly curated pairings from some of our favorite small local businesses in Chicago, including Scented Candle Tins from Edgewater Candles, lovely Looseleaf Tea from TeaLula, Handmade Soap from Natural Soap Co by Avery, beautiful Handmade Bath Bombs from The Dandelion Spa, comfy eco-friendly USA MADE Loungewear from MAJAMAS EARTH and additional books from our New Book Joy Bookshop, of course. What a magical night… we can’t wait for more!

Connie and I are in the process of getting ready to release our next Book Tasting flight, “Deep and Twisty” and are SO EXCITED to submerse ourselves into various suspense books this Fall. We hope you can join our next escapades!

Sign up for our next slew of Book Club events HERE

Mandy G, New Book Joy Founder

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