The Book Thieves

We are a lively group of bibliophiles who enjoy eating, drinking (21+) and, most importantly, talking about books together. We are about as relaxed a group as they come, so don’t be intimidated. You are welcome to drop in to chat about a book that especially interests you, or join us for the whole season! 

We read eight books per year, and meet for round table discussions on the first Thursday of the month, 7 – 8 pm, except October (see our calendar below). On the first Thursday of October, we meet to select our slate of books for the upcoming year. We read a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, with a goal of reading a diverse group of books each year (style, author, & genre).

When we’re not social distancing, we gather at Writers & Books on University Ave. Book Thieves are invited to bring a dish, snack, or drink to share, and of course, an enthusiasm for all things literary! Ampersand, Writers & Books’ indie bookstore, stocks the titles we choose, and makes them available at a 15% discount. 


2022-2023 Book Thieves Calendar:

Note:  Book club selections are always 15% off! Browse upcoming reads at the bottom of this page.

December 1, 2022Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir. by Robin Ha (and Holiday Party)

February 2 – Your Children Are Very Greatly in Danger, by Justin Murphy (author will be in attendance!)

March 2 A Thousand Mornings, by Mary Oliver

May 4 – The Last White Man, by Mohsin Hamid

June 1 – The House in the Cerulean Sea, by TJ Klune

August 3 – The Firekeeper’s Daughter, by Angeline Boulley

September 7 – True Biz, by Sara Novic

October 5 – book picking for 2024 (& discuss Rochester Reads book?)

November 2 – The Book Eaters, by Sunyi Dean

December 7 – The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret, by Catherine Bailey (& holiday party)


Join the Discussion:

The Book Thieves will be meeting in an online format until further notice (7:00 - 8:00 pm). If you would like to join our meetings please email chrisf@wab.org to be added to our distribution list! Thieves will receive a Zoom link the week of each meeting by email.

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Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator)
$11.04
ISBN: 9780062685094
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 28th, 2020

Meeting on December 1, 2022 at 7 pm. Email chrisf@wab.org to be added to the Book Thieves distribution list.


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Your Children Are Very Greatly in Danger: School Segregation in Rochester, New York By Justin Murphy Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9781501761867
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Cornell University Press - March 15th, 2022

Meeting on February 2, 2023 at 7 pm. Email chrisf@wab.org to be added to the Book Thieves distribution list.


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A Thousand Mornings: Poems By Mary Oliver Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143124054
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

Meeting on March 2, 2023 at 7 pm. Email chrisf@wab.org to be added to the Book Thieves distribution list.


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The Last White Man: A Novel By Mohsin Hamid Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593538814
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - August 2nd, 2022

Meeting on May 4, 2023 at 7 pm. Email chrisf@wab.org to be added to the Book Thieves distribution list.


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The House in the Cerulean Sea By TJ Klune Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

Meeting on June 1, 2023 at 7 pm. Email chrisf@wab.org to be added to the Book Thieves distribution list.


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Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9781250766564
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

Meeting on August 3, 2023 at 7 pm. Email chrisf@wab.org to be added to the Book Thieves distribution list.


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True Biz: A Novel By Sara Novic Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593241509
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Random House - April 5th, 2022

Meeting on September 7, 2023 at 7 pm. Email chrisf@wab.org to be added to the Book Thieves distribution list.


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The Book Eaters By Sunyi Dean Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250810182
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Tor Books - August 2nd, 2022

Meeting on November 2, 2023 at 7 pm. Email chrisf@wab.org to be added to the Book Thieves distribution list.


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The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret By Catherine Bailey Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143124733
Availability: Special Order - Usually Ships in 3 - 9 weeks.
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Meeting on December 7, 2023 at 7 pm. Email chrisf@wab.org to be added to the Book Thieves distribution list.