The Mayor’s Book Club

Mayor's Book Club

The Mayor’s Book Club began in 2011 as a way to encourage local reading groups to explore books with roots in different countries and cultures, as well as celebrate the diversity of Louisville. The Mayor's Book Club meets at the Main Library on the third Wednesday of the month, from noon – 1p.m. Brown-bag lunches are welcome.


Bettyville by George Hodgman

Wednesday, January 18, 12 p.m.

When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty.

God Help the Child

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

Wednesday, February 15, 12 p.m.

Serafina Bettini, a police investigator, has successfully hidden her tragic scars from WWII, at least until she’s assigned to investigate a serial killer who dredges up the past.

Ordinary Grace

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Wednesday, March 15, 12 p.m.

Thirteen-year-old Frank Drum finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, and suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

Did You Ever Have a Family

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Wednesday, April 19, 12 p.m.

June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her entire family. Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, while in her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak.

Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Wednesday, May 17, 12 p.m.

Addie and Louis have long been living lonely lives in empty houses. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better—their pleasures and their difficulties—a beautiful story of second chances unfolds.

H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald

Wednesday, June 21, 12 p.m.

The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide.

Godpretty in the Tobacco Field

GodPretty in the Tobacco Field by Kim Michele Richardson

Wednesday, July 19, 12 p.m.

Almost 16, orphan RubyLyn Bishop longs for more than her impoverished life in a hardscrabble community in Nameless, Kentucky.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Wednesday, August 16, 12 p.m.

Babe Paley seems to have it all: money, beauty, high social stature. But beneath this glitzy exterior dwells a passionate woman longing for true love and connection.

Land of Love and Drowning

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

Wednesday, September 20, 12 p.m.

Three orphaned siblings face an uncertain identity and future against the backdrop of the tumultuous and magical 1900s Virgin Islands.

The Life We Bury

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

Wednesday, October 18, 12 p.m.

A college student interviews a nursing home patient to complete an English class assignment, and stumbles upon a convicted murderer.

The Turner House

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Wednesday, November 15, 12 p.m.

An ailing matriarch is forced to move in with her son, so the Turner children are called home to decide the fate of the family home.

Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American Family

Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American Family
by Amy Ellis Nutt

Wednesday, December 20, 12 p.m.

An American family is put to the test when one of their adopted twin sons forces the family to question their long-held views on gender and identity.


Last Updated: 5/25/17