Say No To Tinder: Meet Book-Lovers At These Reading Clubs In The City

Ipsita posted on 27 April

Broaden your bookish horizons a little – join these book clubs, meet new people and discover new genres and authors {you may not yet have discovered your passion for Nigerian crime fiction yet!}.


Shakespeare Society of Eastern India

If you mull over the eternal query – to be or not to be, then this one is for you. The society is all about the bard – from seminars and symposia to workshops {not only on Shakespeare but on Rabindranath Tagore and other writers from both India and abroad}, they have regular events.

They also help print original works on Shakespeare and other Indian and foreign authors, organise a text library for students and a research library for scholars, panel discussions by specialists, etc.

You get to attend performances of Shakespeare’s plays, film and video shows on subjects related to Shakespeare and literature, exhibitions, debates, musical performances by the ‘Shakespeare Choir’, and test your knowledge of the bard’s works at quiz contests. They also organise a World Shakespeare conference every two years.

Membership is open to all literature enthusiasts, starting from an annual fee of INR 300 {for students}, INR 500 {for general members} and INR 5,000 for lifetime members. Click here to download the membership form.

You can follow them here.

Schools & Colleges

6-A, Maharaj Nanda Kumar Road, Lake Market, Kalighat, Kolkata

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Book Lovers Club In Kolkata

This Facebook-based club holds discussions on all genres of literature, book reviews, recommendations, upcoming releases, as well as details on publishing houses and printing packages. The club currently has over a thousand members and membership is open to all.

Click here to join the club.

IISER Literary Club

Organised by students of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, this club selects a book every month and comes together at the end of the month to discuss it. They also organise other interactive activities like quizzes, panel discussions, debates, short story writing competitions, and an annual spelling bee. Special membership privileges include requests for any book (and it’ll be brought to the institute library) and the chance to be on the editorial board of Muse, their annual magazine.

For membership, email; registration fee is INR 100 for the first year and INR 50 per year for renewal.

You can also follow the club’s Facebook page here.

Swipe Right, Booklover

Organised by Oxford Bookstore, Swipe Right Booklover is literary speed dating at its best. In August, this event saw around 50 people in their 20s and 30s coming together to share their views on a book with a randomly selected partner. During a five minute interaction, you could talk about anything in the literary world and hope to bond over a common love for books. Open to all, keep an eye on Oxford Bookstore’s Facebook page here to stay updated on the next speed dating event.

Book Stores

17, Park Street, Taltala, Kolkata

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Readers’ and Writers’ Club

Founded in 2014, the primary objective of this club is to provide a vibrant platform for aspiring writers, poets, song writers, playwrights, and script writers to showcase their creativity to an engaged audience. Associated with the Kolkata Literary Festival and Kolkata Book Fair, this club hosts interactive discussions with eminent authors, film makers, poets, dramatists, and scriptwriters from the country and abroad.

Some of their previous celebrity guests include Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Lopa Banerjee, Saikat Majumdar, and Barun Chandra. Their sessions are generally held in the evenings and membership is open to all.

You can follow them on Facebook here.