Watermark Book Clubs

“Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart”    

--Ralph Waldo Emerson 

I think it is with the sentiment above that most book store owners found their way into the book business: the gain was not necessarily on the monthly profit/loss statement, but rather in the emotional collateral and gain from the validation of our humanity found between the pages of a book.

When I finish a good book, I want to talk about it. Sometimes I want to be stretched by critics, or teachers, other times I simply want to extol on the virtues or weaknesses in the book.  

If you’re looking for books to read and talk about, think about attending one of the many Book Clubs hosted by Watermark Books & Cafe.

Recently I asked each book club leader three questions:  how do you characterize your book club; what was a favorite or notable book you read in the club; and what would a person new to your book club experience?

The answers were unique in voice.  The personalities somewhat varied.  But a new member to any of our book clubs will find the same elements:  a warm welcome, an opportunity to talk, laugh, and opine, and finally, a place to make new friends and read books you may not have chosen for yourself.  You can drop in on occasion or attend every meeting.  

To find out more about the Watermark book clubs, click the links in the book club list below.  The descriptions are fun to read and show the answers to my questions.

If you’ve been thinking about attending but haven’t made it yet, think of it like that party you thought you didn’t want to go to...and met the love of your life!

-- Sarah Bagby, owner (Watermark Books & Cafe)


Watermark Books & Cafe is proud to sponsor and host a variety of general and specialized book clubs. Listed here are all Watermark-sponsored groups, with meeting days and times for each. Follow the links to see each group's past and upcoming book picks.

If you'd like to receive a copy of Watermark's quarterly book club brochure listing all of our groups, their picks, and their meeting times, please click on the PDF link at the bottom of this page.

Private Book Clubs: Watermark also supplies books for a number of private book clubs in the area. We can order books in for you group, and we can also give book talks and make reading suggestions. Call us at (316) 682-1181 to order or to schedule a book talk.

Watermark book clubs are open to all, and all but one are free (the KMUW Literary Feast requires a ticket purchase). Come join the conversations! Click on any link below to learn more about each book club.


And the Winner Is...Book Club

Chick Lit Book Club

Classic Book Club

Europa Editions Book Club

French Book Club

Hot & Popular Book Club

Longitude Book Club

Mystery Book Club

Then & Now Book Club 

Vampires Anonymous 

Watermark Book Club

Watermark Challenge

KMUW Literary Feast

Summer Children and Teen Book Clubs

Roald Dahl Book Club (ages 8-11)

Chaos Walking Book Club (ages 12 and up)