Rock Hall book club celebrates 20 years
— The Rock Hall Literary Society and Book Club is celebrating 20 years in existence this month.
In recognition of this anniversary, club members are reading “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson, which was the RHBC’s first book selection in September 1997.
The club was started by Almitra David, a professor and poet from Philadelphia who was spending a sabbatical year at her family home in Rock Hall. David was working at the used book store then located on Main Street in Rock Hall and was inspired to begin a book group and to share her love of the written word.
The group met at the book- store and David selected the books and led the discussions during that first year, until she returned to her teaching position in fall 1998.
Since that time, participants have alternated selecting the books to be read and facilitating the discussions, which are often quite lively.
Following the closure of the bookstore, Tom McHugh offered the newly opened Mainstay as a monthly meeting space for the book group, which met there for more than 15 years. With the addition of the “Mondays at the Mainstay” concerts this year, the RHBC was offered space at the Rock Hall Learning Center, near the community playground.
Since its inception, the book club has been open to all interested persons. The group, which varies in attendance from about eight to 15 people, reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction works, including poetry and an occasional play.
The RHBC selection for October is “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.
Discussions are held at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the Learning Center on Civic Center Road in Rock Hall. The Sept. 21 celebration will be held off site.
For additional information visit the RHBC website at rhbc.esy.es/rhbc.html#3 or contact Dick Hawkins at 410-639-7388.