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2nd Wednesday Book Group
MPL's 2nd Wednesday Book Group will meet virtually on October 14th at 6:30 PM to discuss The Other Americans by Laila Lalami. This group reads a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles selected by participants every spring.  To purchase paperback copies (by credit card only) call 721-2665.  If you are interested in participating in this online discussion send an email with 2nd Wednesday Book Group in the subject line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3rd Wednesday Book Group
Join the live Zoom 3rd Wednesday Book Group on October 21st at 6:30 PM for a discussion of We Leave the Flowers Where They Are: True Stories of American Women edited by Richard Fifield. If you are interested in participating in this online discussion send an email with 3rd Wednesday Book Group in the subject line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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MPL Downtown Book Discussion Groups

The Third Wednesday MPL Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm on Zoom. Discussion titles include a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. Copies of the books are available throughout the partnership.  Email Pam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on this lively book discussion group. New members are always welcome!

  • Jan - Winter in the Blood, James Welch (Chat Bag); 138 pgs.
  • Feb - Half a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; 435 pgs.
  • March - The Dinner: a novel, Herman Koch; 2013(kit); 292 pgs.
  • April - The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan; 334 pgs.
  • May - Evicted, Matthew Desmond (Missoula Non Fiction kit); 418 pgs.
  • June - In the Other Rooms, Daniyal Mueenuddin; 247 pgs.
  • July/August - Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi; (Non Fiction); 582 pgs.
  • September - The Testaments, Margaret Atwood; 419 pgs.
  • October - We Leave the Flowers Where They Are; 2019; 180 pgs.
  • November – The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey; 389 pgs.
  • December - A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles (Kit in Laurel and Glendive); 462 pgs.
  • January 2021 - The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai; 324 pgs.

The Second Wednesday Book Club has been meeting at Missoula Public Library since 1991. Copies of selected titles are made available for purchase at cost at the Accounts Desk unless otherwise noted. The discussion begins virtually at 7:00pm on Zoom on the second Wednesday of every month. If you are interested in participating in this online discussion send an email with 2nd Wednesday Book Group in the subject line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

  • May 13, 2020 -Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark T Sullivan
  • June 10, 2020 -- The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya
  • July 8, 2020  -- All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
  • Aug 12, 2020 -- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Sept 9, 2020 -- Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden
  • Oct 14, 2020 -- The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
  • Nov 11, 2020 – Veterans Day – discussion cancelled
  • Dec 9, 2020 -- Birds in America: Stories by Lorrie Moore
  • Jan 13, 2021 -- Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • Feb 10, 2021 -- The Yellow House by Sarah Broom
  • Mar 10, 2021 --  Inland: A Novel by Tea Obreht 
  • Apr 14, 2021 -- Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
  • May 12, 2021 -- Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
  • June 9, 2021 -- American Spy: A Novel by Lauren Wilkinson

Branch Book Discussion Groups

Frenchtown Branch

The Frenchtown Book Group meets monthly on a Thursday at 5:45pm. The group reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles. Contact the Frenchtown Branch for upcoming dates and selections.

Lolo Branch

The Lolo Book Group meets every third Monday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. This group was formed as a collaborative effort between the Lolo Branch of Missoula Public Library and Lolo Public School's Adult Education Programs. This is an open participation, no fee program. Books are available for check-out to participants. Contact the Lolo Branch for upcoming selections and dates at 273-6686 ext. 162.

Seeley Lake Branch

The Seeley Lake Library Book Group meets on the 3rd or 4th Saturday of each month at 11:00am. Past discussion titles have included Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, Michael Punke’s Fire and Brimstone, Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, and Zadie Smith’s On Beauty. Please contact the Seeley Lake Branch Library for current dates and titles.

Swan Valley Branch

Book Discussion Group Online Resources

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Publishing houses such as Random House and Penguin often include author information and book discussion questions on their websites.