Book clubs

Get your lit fix with fellow bibliophiles at these book groups.

BookCourt's Fiction Book Club
This paperback-only group, which focuses on great works of fiction, is an ideal starter for any book-club newbie. Coordinator Anna Cory-Watson incentivizes members by offering a 20 percent discount on all selections, which have recently included Pulitzer-winner Jennifer Egan's Look at Me and Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie. For this month's meeting, pick up The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. 163 Court St between Dean and Pacific Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-875-3677, Second Wednesday of each month 7--8pm; free. Next gathering May 11.

Bluestockings Feminist Book Club
Explore your interests in gender, feminist and queer theory, sexuality and beyond with this heady, all-inclusive book club. Bluestockings' Elvis Bakaitis leads the lively conversations on a broad spectrum of books, which has included Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Voltairine de Cleyre Reader. Coming up, dig into Outlaw Culture by bell hooks. 172 Allen St at Stanton St (212-777-6028, First Sunday of each month 2:30--4pm; free. Next gathering Sun 1.

Bushwick Book Club at Goodbye Blue Monday
Putting a spin on the traditional literary meet-up, curator Susan Hwang invites nine or ten musicians to write and perform songs inspired by a selected work each month. Past nights have centered on the Bible, Robert Frank's photography collection The Americans and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns (the latter in a special all-hip-hop edition). Look for the May 5 lineup to tackle Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate. 1087 Broadway between Dodworth and Lawton Sts, Bushwick, Brooklyn (718-453-6343, First Thursday of each month 8pm; free. Next gathering May 5.

Classics Book Group at Word
Offer penance for rapaciously SparkNoting (or CliffsNoting) every classic you were supposed to read in high school at this group, which has elected Russian literature as its 2011 theme. Word manager Stephanie Anderson encourages readers to tackle paramount 19th- and 20th-century tomes by breaking up doorstops like Anna Karenina and The Master and Margarita into several parts. For the next meeting, only the first half—about 200 pages—of Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls is required. 126 Franklin St at Milton St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-383-0096, Second Sunday of each month noon--1pm; free. Next gathering May 14.

Foodie Book Club at Brooklyn Kitchen
Sate your hunger for both knowledge and food at this epicurean lit circle, which meets approximately four times a year. Books of all genres (that contain food as a central element or theme) are on the menu. Leader Sarah Leach asks that readers bring, in addition to their intellectual curiosity, a dish inspired by what they've read for a shared potluck dinner. For the next installment, get creative with The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee. 100 Frost St between Leonard St and Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-389-2982, May 9 6:30--8pm; free.

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