For the past 20 years, the Northwoods Readers Book Club has met to discuss an eclectic range of literature and poetry. On May 17th, they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their literary exploration at Young’s in Iron River, who has hosted the group every year since its founding.
The group has met once a month September through May every year since 1998. Kay Krall and Nancy Docherty were the first to lead the Book Club, and Krall has continued to lead this group of avid readers ever since. From fiction to memoirs to mysteries and more, the Book Club reads from multiple genres, with different members of the group facilitating discussion of each piece.
At their anniversary luncheon at Young’s on May 17th they picked out their newest selections for the 2018-2019 season, which includes classics such as George Orwell’s Animal Farm to more recently published pieces, including Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere.
In addition to being dedicated readers, members of the Book Club utilize their group as a way to give back to the local community. Every season each member contributes $5.00 for a Christmas gift to a local charity. Members make recommendations for an organization in need and then draw a winning charity to receive the contributions.
Young’s General Manager Jason Rivard says that, “Young’s is happy to have hosted the Book Club for the past two decades and looks forward to having them back for the 2018-2019 season. This is a great group of ladies, and we are glad that we can provide a nice space for them to meet, discuss books, and learn.”
The Book Club currently has 14 members from Iron, Dickinson, and Marinette Counties. To date they have read 142 books.