Move Over, Oprah: A Guide to L.A.’s Public Book Clubs

“This is not your Mom’s book club,” declared Diana Gettinger. “We drink. It’s noisy.”

Gettinger, an actress and writer, is also the director of the Spare Room Book Club, which takes place at the Spare Room bar in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The drinks are created specifically for the event by mixologist Naomi Schimek and inspired by the book of choice. The noise is the loud clanging of the swanky bar’s Monday night bowling league. What’s a bar without twin bowling lanes, after all?

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Author: Abdi Nazemian

Abdi Nazemian is the screenwriter of The Quiet, Celeste in the City, Beautiful Girl, and the short film Revolution, which he also directed. He is an alumnus of the Sundance Writer’s Lab, a mentor at the Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab, and has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension. He lives in Los Angeles with his two children, and his dog Hedy Lamarr. The Walk-In Closet is his first novel.

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