January 20, 2020

BookBar launches program to connect readers to book clubs


A random bookclub! Don’t they look like they’re having a great time? This could be you! (Photo by Steve Baty, CC BY 2.0)

UPDATE: Publishers Weekly reports that after backlash over use of the word “tribe,” the name of the venture has been changed to BookClubHub.

Our friends over at BookBar, an indie bookstore and wine bar in Denver, have launched yet another cool project. (Remember when they gave away free copies of The Mueller Report?)

ReadTribe connects readers to book clubs, taking into account “genre interests, reading styles, shared book club goals, and location.” They really do have options for everything—whether you’re looking to enjoy food and drinks while you chat, focus on the book in question, or just complain about the neighbors.

On the flip side, you can list your preexisting book club to get some new members, or start a new one. The only caveat? BookBar asks that you connect your book club with your local indie:

Whether you are starting a brand new club or adding one that has been going strong for years, we ask that you connect to an independent bookstore either in your area or any favorite indie anywhere in the U.S. Connecting with an indie store ensures that we will always have a wide array of authors to choose from. Indie stores give back to communities, champion free speech, offer gathering spaces for book clubs and readers, host authors, host literacy programs, and so much more.

BookBar owner Nicole Sullivan told Claire Kirch at Publishers Weekly that the idea was born from the slew of daily queries their booksellers receive about local bookclubs. “I wanted a solution for this, and I wanted to share it with all of my bookseller friends so we can sell more books,” Sullivan said.

There aren’t a ton of clubs listed yet (none in NY) so get cracking! Head over to ReadTribe to learn more and sign up.



Amelia Stymacks is the former director of digital marketing at Melville House.