Books and Beer launches for thirsty readers

New book club set to kick off at Coast Mountain Brewing on Wednesday (Jan. 3)

If the last time you experienced books and beers together was in university then you won’t want to miss the new book club that launches at Coast Mountain Brewing in Function Junction on Wednesday (Jan. 3) at 7 p.m.

Positioned as a book club with a twist, Books and Beer is a partnered event with the Whistler Public Library. The new free club is for anyone over 19 years of age and it will meet every first Wednesday of the month for January, February and March.

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If you haven’t done any reading over the holidays, that’s OK. This book club isn’t about discussing one particular book that everyone has read — rather, it takes a broader approach.

“Instead of taking one book and having everyone try to read that book at the same time and come and talk about that one title, we’ll be talking about genres,” said the library’s program coordinator Jeanette Bruce.

“The idea is you can either come and be prepared to give your recommendations in the genre or you can just come looking for recommendations,” she said. “It’s more of a general book chat with other book lovers and of course there will be beer involved.”
In celebration of the meeting each month, the brewery will have a special on for the event. On Jan. 3, sleeves of the beers on tap will be $5.

“The nice thing is that (Coast Mountain Brewing’s) rotation changes quite often because they are always trying new flavours so the chances of getting to try a different beer each month is, I think, quite good,” said Bruce.

Both Bruce and Coast Mountain Brewing’s master brewer Kevin Winter will be leading the conversations each month, though Bruce will lead the first one on Jan. 3.

She will also be armed with a selection of books from the library that reflect the month’s chosen genre, and readers will be able to sign out books right at the brewery provided they have their library cards with them.

The genre that’s up for discussion for January is mystery and thriller.

“I picked a hard one to start with,” said Bruce, who confessed that she is not a big mystery reader.

She chose the genre because of its newfound popularity.

“We can tell from circulation numbers that mysteries are really big,” said Bruce. “I think there is a new sub genre that has emerged in the past couple of years with Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train. It’s like this female-written, female-lead murder mystery, which I guess we didn’t have enough of and now the market is so flooded with this type of book and I’m really interested to see if people love these and are just gobbling them up or if they think Gone Girl did it best and now everyone’s just trying to imitate Gillian Flynn.”

Although not a big mystery or thriller reader, Bruce did enjoy Stephen King’s newest book Sleeping Beauties.

“It also has some horror elements to it, which I love,” said Bruce.

The new club will meet once a month and although it is free, registration through the library is required.

“We really want people to call ahead, especially since it’s in Function,” said Bruce. “We don’t want people to show up and be disappointed by not getting a seat.”

There is space for 25 people at the taphouse.

And if all goes well, there may even be a book-themed beer at one of the future meetings.

“If everything goes as planned and people enjoy the program then who knows? Maybe down the road there will be a book-themed or reading-themed beer,” said Bruce.

Registration can be done in person at the library or over the phone at 604-935-8435.

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