Williamsburg Regional Library debuts new-fiction book group

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The new book group will meet on the second Monday of the month at the Stryker Center. (City of Williamsburg)
The Williamsburg Regional Library’s new book group will meet on the second Monday of the month at the Stryker Center. (City of Williamsburg)

The Williamsburg Regional Library soon will offer a book group for fans of contemporary fiction.

The new group, which will launch June 13, came about when Andrew Smith, an adult services librarians, realized fans of new fiction were struggling to find a home among the library’s other genre-specific book clubs.

Smith took the initiative to organize a club devoted to works of fiction published since 1990.

As with the library’s other book groups, each member will choose a book to read every month, then share their insights with the group. This structure will allow participants to choose works based on their individual preferences, while exposing them to new authors and titles on a monthly basis.

Without an overarching genre like “mystery” or “science fiction” to guide the conversation, each month the group will choose a theme around which readers will tailor their book selections.

The first month’s theme will be family, so members can choose to read and discuss any new fiction work that deals with family relationships and dynamics. A sampling of titles that adhere to this theme can be found here.

“We’re the natural place to bring together a community of readers who want to discuss their favorites and learn more about other books,” Smith said.

The first meeting will take place June 13. Subsequently, the group will  meet on the second Monday of each month, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Stryker Center.