We love talking about books almost as much as we enjoy reading them. Our book groups cover a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. Copies of the book in discussion are often available throughout the partnership. 

Montana Racial Equity Project Book Club

This discussion group is facilitated by Chris Young-Greer, Education Initiative Lead for the Montana Racial Equity Project.  The book club meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Ellingson Conference Room at the new library from 6-7:30pm. Reading selections include mainly nonfiction titles about social justice, equity, and issues affecting historically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed individuals or communities. For more information on this lively and inspiring Book Club visit the Montana Racial Equity Project’s website or contact them at


Based on availability, you may be able to place holds on Book Club titles through the library’s online catalog, but will often need to purchase your own copy. Local bookstores Fact & Fiction in Missoula and Chapter One Bookstore in Hamilton sell Book Club selections at a discount to participants.


Discussion Titles:

  • September 28: Cancelled
  • October 26: From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle
  • November 23: Cancelled for Thanksgiving break.
  • December 23: Cancelled for Christmas break.
  • January 25: The Loneliest Americans by Jay Caspian Kang
  • February 22: All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles

2nd Wednesday Book Group

Copies of titles are available (unless otherwise noted) for purchase at cost in the Friends Store located on the library’s first level. Titles also available for checkout from MPL or its Partner Libraries. Discussions facilitated by members on Zoom.

Discussion Titles:


  • April 13The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

  • May 11 – *The Library Book by Susan Orlean

  • June 8Homeland Elegies: A Novel, by Ayad Akhtar

  • July 13Happy All the Time: A Novel, by Laurie Colwin

  • August 10 The Bartender’s Tale, by Ivan Doig

  • September 14Send for Me, by Lauren Fox

  • October 12Squeeze Me, Carl Hiaasen

  • November 9The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules: A Novel, by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

  • December 14Lost in the City: Stories, by Edward P. Jones

* unavailable for purchase


  • January 11, 2023 Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent

  • February 8The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey

  • March 8The Committed, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • April 12Miss Iceland, by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

  • May 10To Siberia, by Per Petterson

  • June 14Wish You Were Here: A Novel, by Jodi Picoult

  • July 12The Five Wounds, by Kirstin Valdez Quade

3rd Wednesday Book Group

We read a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, primarily from the Book Chat Bag collections of MPL and its Partner Libraries. This lively book discussion group is facilitated by a librarian. New members are always welcome! See calendar for upcoming titles.

Discussion Titles:


  • January 19, 2022 – Issac’s Storm:  A man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history by Erik Larson

  • February – The Moor’s Account: a novel by Laila Lalami
  • March – All That She Carried by Tiya Miles 
  • April – Woman From Denmark by Christine Frasier 
  • May – Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay 
  • June – Sea People by Christina Thompson 
  • July – What We Carry: a memoir by Maya Shanbhag
  • August – Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion 
  • September – The Cold Millions by Jess Walter 
  • October – Bitter Chocolate by Carol Off 
  • November – Love in Infant Monkeys by Lydia Millet 
  • December – Zorrie by Laird Hunt 
  • January – Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson 
  • February – The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Book Group Resources:

Novelist Plus: your one-stop shop for book club resources. Choose Quick Links/Book Club Resources.
Book Kits: make organizing your next book discussion easy.

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