The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, has a profile of the Misfits, a group of men who get together to read and discuss works of literature:
On a soggy November evening, 14 Catholic men sloshed their way to a taproom in Stillwater, shook off the rain, grabbed a craft beer and headed up to the mezzanine to talk about “A Tale of Two Cities.”
At least at the start they did…
The article has a number of great quotes from the men in the group: “These books have shown us how broad and diverse the Catholic Church is. Look at this group, all the different professions contained here. The greatest benefit is our getting together as Catholics exploring the richness of our faith.” “I’ve been exposed to books I wouldn’t otherwise have read.” “We read literature because it’s exciting and timeless. It’s transformative. It gives you insights into man’s condition that are remarkable.”
We’ve been very interested in promoting reading groups here at Ignatius Press. Our own staff members belong to various reading groups, and so when we launched this Ignatius Press Novels page one thing we really wanted to have on it was reading guides to assist those who want to read our novels as a group. The latest reading guide—put together by the author herself—is for Fiorella De Maria’s We’ll Never Tell Them.
You can find all of our books with downloadable discussion guides here at our Book Club page.
Do you participate in a reading group or book club? Share any tips you may have about running a reading group here in the comments! And if you have any brilliant ideas of how we might help reading groups more, let us know!